THE Duterte administration will continue to push for the modernization of the different branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) — Army, Navy and Air Force — while moving to increase the salary of soldiers, as well the benefits due them and their families like low-cost housing.
Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Bong Go issued the above well-applauded statement over the weekend as the guest of honor of the cadet service immersion program of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and the AFP.
Go made the statement before the cadets of the PMA’s “Masid Lawin” batch, which will be the class of 2020 of the military academy, at the covered court of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao camp in Panacan, Davao City.
The Masid-Lawin class was on their southern Philippine cruise aboard the Philippine Navy’s LD 601 vessel and the Philippine Air Force’s C130 transport plane since April 19.
The program aims to expose cadets to the different areas of military service and to encourage them to contemplate which branch they would like to serve upon graduation.
In attendance were 272 PMA second class cadets, 100 members of the PMAAAI Eagle Chapter 22 and key officials of the naval base.
Secretary Go, an adopted son of PMA Class 1992, told the cadets that serving the country requires more than just dedication but perseverance as he encouraged them to study and train well and hard.
Go told the future military leaders that he considers them as his foster sons and daughters, and that they could approach him anytime for their concerns.