Run for the Orphans 04.25.17


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A good life for children whose parents were killed or injured in military operations can only happen with a good education. Presented by the AFP and EBSO, this run has always been an advocate of the joined forces between soldiers and civilians.

Event ScheduleFor registration, click here: Run for OrphansRegistration Procedures


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Contact persons for Inquiries:

For Civilians contact: ZARINA at 09165217400 or email at

For Military personnel and dependents contact: Major Michael James Navarro at 09778219300 or email at


Army chief leads 1ID change of command ceremony

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LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, PIA (March 21) —LtGen. Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army bid farewell to retiring Major General Gerardo F. Barrientos, Jr. and ushered in the new 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commanding general during the change of command ceremony at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality.

Barrientos relinquished his position to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985 and former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Barrientos retires this March after serving 2 years and 8 months as commanding general of Philippine Army’s premiere division.

A member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983, Barrientos served as former deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Mindanao.

“I am forever grateful to the local chief executives and other stakeholders for actively supporting the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ campaign of the Philippine Army,” Barrientos said adding that it is the blueprint of the Philippine Army in addressing insurgency problem by winning the hearts of the people.

Barrientos said with their support, he was able to efficiently and effectively accomplish the army’s mission in making Zamboanga Peninsula a peaceful place to live in.

The outgoing commander said he spent the best 40 years of his life as an army and it was satisfying, fulfilling and full of meaningful lifetime experience as he served the Filipino people.

LtGen. Miranda lauded Barrientos for having successfully painted the blueprint of the IPSP “Bayanihan” campaign. Meanwhile, the army chief is optimistic that BGen Bautista will successfully lead the troops to attain its mission.

“To be the new commander of Tabak Division is a very stressful job but I am confident that you can perform your job efficiently,” Miranda said adding that he knew him for a long time and worked together in the battlefield during their stint in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.

“Continue the success that your predecessor has laid down to achieve lasting peace and progress in our area,” Miranda urged. (ALT/GCC-PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Gideon C. Corgue /


AFP fetes, emulates Yes for Peace

QUEZON CITY, March 20 (PIA) — The Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP) has hailed the 12 million strong peace advocacy group Yes for Peace for effectively bringing its peace education campaign to the masses.

In a simple ceremony held at the CRSAFP Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo over the weekend, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations MGen Mequiades L. Feliciano presented the recognition to Yes for Peace lead organizer Ernesto Alcanzare, “for taking the initiative of gathering professionals, organizations, and government servicemen in a movement for the attainment of peace in our country through, giving voice to the peace loving sector through signature drives, peace caravans and information campaigns that spotlight the need to advance the cause of peace and development, an unsolicited initiative that is worth recognizing and emulating.”

“We must be able to mobilize the youth in nation-building. It may be cliché to say but the youth is the hope of our country,” Feliciano said in his speech.

For his part, BGen Ronnie S. Evangelista, the 36th Commander of CRSAFP, who signed and issued the certificate said, “Without doubt, all Filipinos — men, women and children, including the armed rebels–Love our Country. It is therefore the single unifying factor of all Filipinos.”

“Let us create collaborations and partnerships with the civilian sector of our society, both government and non-government institutions, in the attainment of our Mission,” he added.

After accepting the recognition, Alcanzare said, “Anchored on the Filipinos’ Love of Country, Yes for Peace–Bayanihan ng Bayan has deliberately been designed to transcend our differences in religion, political affiliation, socio-economic stature and even gender and thus provide equal footing on common ground for Filipinos killing Filipinos to fight for or protect the human rights of Filipinos to peace.”

For his part, Lawyer Domingo B. Alidon, President of Department of Education – National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU) said, “Frankly, I was surprised that the AFP is the first institution directly affected by recent events in the peace talks to publicly recognize our unsolicited initiative to bring the Filipino people into the center stage of the comprehensive peace process pursuant to the three underlying principles stated in the mandate of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.”

Likewise, Johnny Balawag, Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the DepEd-NEU commented, “Curiously, these principles stressing that the peace process cannot be left alone to the government nor to the armed insurgents alone but needs the involvement of all Filipinos were apparently ignored by professional OPAPP staff ever since their office was organized by former President Fidel V. Ramos.”

For his part, Mama S. Lalanto, al Haj, Adviser of Yes for Peace said, “In the past, most Filipinos were made to believe that the AFP will never agree to a permanent ceasefire because of widespread allegations that its officers earn from purchases war-materiel and would thus want the armed conflicts to last forever.”

EarIier, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus C. Dureza wrote in a letter to Yes for Peace, “We note with appreciation the peace advocacy efforts of this citizen-led initiative that you are pursuing and congratulate your unwavering efforts to support the peace process.”

Also recognized for their invaluable contributions to the fulfillment of the AFP Mission to “Protect the people, secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory,” include: Ligtas Patrol; Keysquare, Incorporated; InfiniVAN, Incorporated; IPS Incorporated; Bantay Bayan, Incorporated; Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region; HOPE Incorporated; Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines; Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team; Rotary Club of Camp Aguinaldo; Security Reform Initiative; and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.

It can be recalled that Yes for Peace is also supported and implemented by the DepEd, the Philippine Postal Corporation, the Philippine Information Agency, the Philippine News Agency, the Philippine Broadcasting System, the Radio Television Malacanang, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the Alpha Phi Omega. (RJB/JCP/PIA-NCR)

Philippine Army Welcomes 110 Skilled Professionals and Athletes for Training

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Capas, Tarlac– The Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), under Brig. Gen. Casiano C. Monilla welcomed one hundred ten (110) strong students of special enlistment in an opening ceremony at the TRADOC Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac yesterday afternoon March 2, 2017.

The said special enlistees who are composed of highly skilled professionals and athletes will undergo 6 months rigorous military training at the School for Candidate Soldier, TRADOC under its Commandant Col. Radito Sese.

The following are the professional sports and skills of the students: Martial artists, basketball, volleyball and badminton players, marathoners, dragon boat, musicians, computer programmers, researchers, welders, electricians, drivers and many other skills.

The 6-month training will equip the students the needed education and skills that an individual needs in serving the country as a soldier. After graduation, they will join the Philippine Army’s Special Services. They will continue their passion as athletes and skilled professionals.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Monilla congratulated the students for joining the noble profession of arms. He said that the training is a reward in itself in his message. “It will hone your knowledge and skills of basic soldiery and develop your competence as you prepare to be the defender of our constitution and our nation. These training exercises are not designed to make your life difficult but to ensure that you develop the discipline required of a professional soldier who obeys orders and accomplish missions”. Brig. Gen. Monilla said

The reception rite was witnessed by some relatives and loved ones of the students.

NPA Terrorizes School in Agusan del Sur

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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Members of the communist terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorized students of the Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Rosario Agusan del Sur after burning a prime mover near the vicinity, Tuesday, February 28.

Reports from the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade disclosed that the NPAs flagged down and burned the truck at the national road, just 300 meters away from the school.

The prime mover was drawing a container van of bananas from Sumifru Corporation. It came from Tagbina town and was bound for Davao. Its batteries and tires were partially burned.

“Worried parents rushed to the school to fetch their children upon learning of the incident. They condemned the NPA upon seeing their kids trembling in fear. They vowed to report to us the presence of the NPA next time,” reports Colonel Cristobal N Zaragoza, Commander of 401Bde.

Col Zaragoza also suspects that the NPAs deliberately planned to perpetrate the crime near the school to slow down responding government forces.

“This incident only underscores the NPA’s clear disregard for human life. They endanger the lives of innocent civilians, even children just to attain their ends of bleeding money from private companies,” AFP Public Affairs Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said. “Rest assured that our operations to frustrate the ends of the NPA will continue. And they will be deliberate, focused, surgical, and intelligence driven to ensure the safety of our people, especially children,” Colonel Arevalo concludes.

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Soldiers, PDEA seize P500K worth of Shabu in Maguindanao

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Two platoons under the 33rd Infantry Battalion, together with anti-drug enforcers, exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen Saturday morning in an anti-narcotics operation in Maguindanao, resulting in the seizure of about P500,000 worth of illegal drugs, the Armed Forces (AFP) said.

The soldiers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officers stationed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) encountered about 15 armed men at Barangay Lipao, Datu Paglas, the AFP said in a statement.

After a firefight that lasted an hour, the AFP and PDEA captured 2 men and confiscated one M16A1 rifle and about 70 to 80 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated street value of half a million pesos, plus various drug paraphernalia.

The firefight also resulted in 2 injuries on the government side due to shrapnel wounds. They were taken to the nearest hospital.

VIDEO: Two soldiers were slightly injured in the firefight with lawless elements in Bgy Lipao, Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao

According to Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, the AFP was in pursuit of the rest of the group. The Armed Forces fully supports the government’s anti illegal-drug operations, Cabunoc said.

The PDEA was put in charge of the government’s war on illegal drugs, after the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) was disbanded on account of the death of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo at the hands of rogue officers.

Earlier this year, Duterte tasked the military to assist the PDEA during their anti-drug operations.

While the AFP is waiting for an executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte to formalize its role in the country’s anti-drug war, AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año said his men were ready to join PDEA operations.

The move to include the AFP in the administration’s war on drugs drew flak from Duterte critics including Senator Leila de Lima, who said the president’s order as commander-in-chief could only be used under certain conditions.

How to join the Philippine Army



For Officer Candidates that will undergo Officer Candidate Course (OCC), he/she must possess the following qualifications:

  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Natural-born Filipino
  • 21 to 29 years of age upon admission (no age waiver);
  • Single and never been married; never borne or sired a child;
  • Height of not less than 5’0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6’4” (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test(AFPSAT) raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army (Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) & Special Written Exam (SWE)); and
  • Must pass the Physical Medical Exam and Physical Fitness Test conducted in the Philippine Army thru PAOSC

For Officer Candidates that will undergo the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC), he/she must have the following qualifications:

  • Commissioned in the Reserve Force as second lieutenant
  • Must not be over 31 years old on the date of Called to Active Duty (CAD);
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Height of not less than 5’0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6’4” (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army (AQE & SWE); and
  • Must pass the PME and PFT conducted in the PA thru PAOSC

Applicants must bring the following initial requirements:

  • Original Transcript of Records
  • Original College Diploma
  • NSO-Issued Birth Certificate (Original)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

Click here to download OCC/OPC Application form.

Be an Enlisted Personnel:

For Candidate Soldiers, he must possess the following qualifications:

  • Natural-born Filipino citizen
  • With 72 units in college or if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills/talents needed by the AFP;
  • 18 yrs old but not more than a day older than 26 before the date of appointment as Candidate Soldier;
  • At least 5’0” or 60 inches in height. Similarly, height waiver is no longer issued by the Command;
  • Single and without child;
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT score of at least 45;
  • Must have passed the pre-qualifying PFT and PME; and
  • Physically and mentally fit for military training

To be qualified in taking the AFPSAT, the candidate must bring the following         documents:

  • Original Transcript of Record/Form 137
  • Original College Diploma
  • Original Birth Certificate (NSO)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

Click here to download Application form.

As a member of the Philippine Army, one can get competitive pay and allowances, opportunities for post-graduate studies both local and abroad, insurance and healthcare benefits, billeting and house privileges, job security, leadership and other skills trainings, an opportunity to lead the Army and opportunities for career advancement.

Pay and Benefits

  • Pay and allowances(Monthly Gross)
    • Candidate Soldier – P15,765.00
    • Private (Enlisted Personnel) – P22,204.00
    • Offcer Candidate – P33,665.00
    • 2LT (Call to Active Duty) – P36, 945.00
  • Insurance and healthcare Benefits
  • Billeting and housing privileges
  • Job security
  • Leadership and other skills trainings
  • Opportunity for career advancement based on performance
  • Opportunities for Post graduate Studies both within the country and abroad
  • An opportunity to lead in the Army



Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City
Landline: (02) 845-9555 local 6843
Cell phone: 0921-975-5548
Facebook: Army Recruitment office-luzon


Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
Landline: (032) 231-5157
Cell phone: 0916-640-5919
Facebook: army recruitment visayas


Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City
Landline: (088) 850-5279
Cell phone: 0939-954-7673/0927-332-1077/0926-467-4644/0917-712-1222
Facebook: army recruitment office mindanao


Interested aspirants may inquire at the nearest Regional Community Defense Groups (RCDGs), and any Army Units listed below.

  • Headquarters Philippine Army (Fort Bonifacio, Makati City)
  • 5th Infantry Division (Gamu, Isabela)
  • 7th Infantry Division ( Nueva Ecija)
  • 1st RCDG ( Pangasinan)
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Iloilo City)
  • 8th Infantry Division (Catbalogan)
  • 53rd Engineering Brigade (Cebu City)
  • 1st Infantry Division (Zamboanga City)
  • 4th Infantry Division (Cagayan de Oro)
  • 6th Infantry Division (Cotabato City)
  • 11 RCDG (Davao City)

For more information, please visit the Philippine Army website

How to Join the Philippine Air Force

paf-recruitmentHow to join the Philippine Air force?

Just like the other fields of the AFP like the army, navy, marines etc., for beginners, cadets and aspirants, you will have to undergo training. The PAF offers and conducts Air Force Candidate Soldier examination each year. Your first step is to apply, take the exam for the basic military training school and pass it. You must meet all the requirements.

Philippine Air Force Enlistment Qualifications:

All Candidate Soldier applicants must:

Be male or female, natural born Filipino citizens
18 – 23 years of age upon admission for training

[ANNOUNCEMENT: For CS applicants PAF allows at least 18 years old and not more than 23 upon enlistment on 22 December 2017 born from 22 December 1994 to 22 December 1999.]


Single, never married and no legal obligation to support a child or children
Have completed at least 72 units in college
At least 5 feet in height (152.5 cm) for both male and female
(Indigenous people or member must submit certification from the National Commission on Indigenous People Main Office)
With good moral character

Physically and mentally fit for military training
From the application form, physical defects such as the following would demerit or disqualify the application:

Pierced ear/s for males and extra piercing for females
Crossed eyedness
Bow leggedness
Excess/lacking finger
Requirements for Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate (PAFOC)

Educational Attainment: PAFOC- Baccalaureate Degree Holder
Age: PAFOC – 21 to 29 years old upon admission for training (born from 01 January 1986 to 01 August 1994)
Philippine Air Force Requirements Exam, Recruitment 2017

Application Form (Download it here)
NSO authenticated birth certificate
TOR (Transcript of Records) or Diploma
Two 2×2 recent colored photos
Fill out the application form properly and correctly. You may submit photocopies of your NSO birth certificate and TOR but I suggest you also bring the original copies to prove their authenticity.
If you have passed the written examination, you will be asked to submit additional documents and requirements for reference like NBI clearance, marriage contract of parents, etc. You’ll also need to pass a Physical Fitness Test which includes push ups, sit ups, and 3.2km run. Wow, that sounds so challenging isn’t it?

CS applicants who will pass the written examinations and who will be included in the qualified applicants to be processed will be notified to report at their Processing Centers for their Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
PAFOC applicants who will pass the written examinations will be notified to report at PAFPMC for the Special Written Exam (SWE).

JTF Haribon deploys troops for ASEAN

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Task Force Haribon of the Eastern Mindanao Command held a send off ceremony in the morning of January 13, 2017 at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City.

The forces will support the Philippine National Police in securing the launching and other related activities of ASEAN ‘17 in Davao City.

The forces deployed comprises of troops and equipment coming from air force, navy and army. It includes Explosive Ordnance Demolition Teams, K-9,  Medical Teams and Quick Reaction Forces.

Other AFP assets deployed were armored vehicles, helicopters, ambulances and military trucks necessary in case of emergency.

BGen Gilbert I. Gapay Commander Joint Task Force Haribon led the send off and encourage the troops to give their best in this critical mission.

“Sa mission na to ibigay natin ang dedikasyon natin na syang tunay na marka ng isang kawal, mandirigma at manlalayag”.

The Task Force Haribon is expected to employ about 2000 personnel during the ASEAN.

Año is new AFP Chief of Staff

ltgen-eduardo-ano-csafpLieutenant General Eduardo M Año was named Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during ceremonies held on December 7, 2016, in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Lieutenant General Año succeeded General Ricardo R Visaya, who is set to relinquish his post as he reaches the mandatory age of retirement.

Lieutenant General Año was commissioned on March 11, 1983, after having graduated from the Philippine Military Academy that year.

Año, one of the youngest in his batch, is the 3rd among the classmates to become AFP chief. The first was General Hernando Iriberri.

As part of his continued education, he took the Israel Counter Terrorism Center (2002) and the International Officer Intelligence Course at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona with a perfect rating of 100% (1993). He is also a graduate of the Scout Ranger Course.

Año was credited for scoring some of the biggest arrests of communist leaders including the once elusive Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon; The neutralization of President Duterte’s known friend, the Davao-based New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao alias Kumander Parago, who was killed in a military encounter in June 2015. He also led the hunt for retired Major General Jovito Palparan, who is accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

Prior to his appointment as Commanding General of the Philippine Army in July 2015, he commanded the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, and, before that, was Brigade Commander of the 201st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

The Lieutenant General also served as Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and, before that Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

Lieutenant General Año is set to retire on October 26, 2017.  [Source:]