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AFP joins the nation in celebrating our Independence Day

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines will be joining the nation as we celebrate the 118th anniversary of our freedom on June 12, this coming Sunday.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pagaambagan, at Pagsulong.”

The public will be able to witness the traditional civic military parade at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park on Sunday, which will also be attended by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.

The AFP Civil Relations Service will be performing at the Open Air Auditorium in Luneta on June 11 for the “Musikalayaan Concert.”

Aside from the AFP Major Services Combo Bands, the bands of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology will also be performing on the said concert.

The AFP Static and Kinetic Display will be performing in Lapu-Lapu area of the Luneta Park tomorrow from 8am to 5pm on June 12.

“The participation of the AFP in the celebration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence is to honor the heroes who fought for our country and the people. This also serves as a renewal of the commitment of the Filipino soldiers, as a testimony of their unwavering perseverance in fulfilling its mandate to serve and protect people, uphold our sovereignty and territorial integrity and to remain as this nation’s catalyst for peace and development.” [with DZRH Florante Rosales | Photos by SSg Calagui/IDG]

Retiring CRSAFP senior NCOs honored today!

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BGen Rhoderick Parayno, CRSAFP commander personally expressed his appreciation to the honorees for supporting the Armed Forces throughout their term during the retirement ceremonies for retiring senior Non-Commissioned Officers held at the Civil Relations Service, Multi-purpose Hall in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In his speech, MSg Rosendo Z Pamati-an thanked the people he have met along the way. He is grateful for the experiences while wearing the Army uniform, including this one, today.

“What am I bringing with me as I leave active duty? The friends, the relationships, the mementos, and the memories. I am also leaving with some more wisdom in my soul, a few less defenses around my heart, a wonderful family, and a future full of life.” he added.

The heart, the soul and the life’s blood of every military formation is its people. The success of this great Alliance—an Alliance for good—rests squarely on the shoulders of its people… and that success depends heavily on the NCOs who serve as trainers, mentors and most importantly leaders.

Today, the CRS is in grateful recognition of the members who are retiring from a career of long, faithful, and honorable service. Each retirees receives a Command Plaque and a Certificate of Commendation.

Their wives were given a Certificate of Appreciation for their unselfish, faithful and devoted support to their husbands lasting contribution and dedicated service tot he Armed Forces of the Philippines and to our nation.

Honorees and their wives join for a photo opportunity with the CRSAFP commander BGen Parayno and Mrs Parayno. – Cpl Lapidez/IDG
Awarding of Command Plaque to Sgt Rebua PN(M) – Cpl Lapidez/IDG
Awarding of Command Plaque to BM3 Araos PN – Cpl Lapidez/IDG
Awarding of Command Plaque to SSg Estrada PAF – Cpl Lapidez/IDG
Awarding of Command Plaque to MSg Pamati-an PA – Cpl Lapidez/IDG
Awarding of Command Plaque to MSg Dayon PA -Cpl Lapidez/IDG

New Warrior Diplomats |Strategic CMO Officers Online Course Class 10-16

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NEW WARRIOR DIPLOMATS: The Armed Forces of the Philippines CMO Family through AFP CMO School, Civil Relations Service AFP welcomes our new Warrior Diplomats from the members of the Strategic CMO Officers Online Course Class 10-16 during the closing ceremony of the said course. BGEN RESTITUTO F PADILLA, AJ7 AFP graced the occasion as guest of honor and speaker with BGEN RHODERICK M PARAYNO, Commander, CRSAFP.


EMC is Set for PiliPinas ’16

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City –
 The Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) is already set to help ensure the conduct of safe and secure election on May 9, 2016.

In close coordination with the COMELEC and in partnership with the Philippine National Police, EMC will be overseeing Regions 11 and 13, parts of Region 12 and Region 10.

On several occasions, inter-agency meetings were conducted between the AFP, PNP and the COMELEC to fine tune election security plans and preparations that will create an environment allowing the people in the mentioned regions to cast their votes.

Aside from the synchronized troop deployment between the EMC forces and PNP, the readiness requirement includes the activation of Election Monitoring Action Centers and Quick Reaction Teams at all levels.

Facilities and equipment were also readied for utilization if the COMELEC so requires.


2,000 bikers pedal for a ‘fear-free’ elections

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IMG_4240-CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City – Around 2,000 bikers participated in a synchronized pre-election biking activity in selected cities and municipalities in Regions lV-A, lV-B and V at 6 a.m. today, May 3, 2016. The activity was initiated by the AFP Southern Luzon Command and was aimed to send a message of  commitment of the men and women in the uniformed services together with COMELEC, partner agencies and other NGOs for a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016.

The activity, dubbed as “Bike for SAFE 2016” was participated by SOLCOM and subordinate units, PNP, COMELEC, PPRCV, DepEd, DILG, NGOs, other stakeholders. It was simulteneously conducted in Infanta, Quezon; Binangonan and Tanay of Rizal; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Lucena City and Calauag of Quezon; Labo and Daet of Camarines Norte; Legazpi City, Albay ; Virac, Catanduanes and Sorsogon City, Sorsogon.

In Lucena City, AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya with PNP Acting Quezon Provincial Police Director PSSupt Eugene Paguirigan, COMELEC Quezon Acting Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty Dioscoro Pajutan, COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr. and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Coordinator Atty Alwin P. Racelis graced the event with messages of hope, unity, peace, fairness for the upcoming May 9 elections.

Only those directly involved for the conduct of SAFE and bike enthusiasts participated in the 35 km route which passed from Camp Nakar, Lucena City – Tayabas City – Pagbilao – Perez Park, Lucena City.

The AFP SOLCOM strictly abides to the non-partisan posture of the organization as well as on every member in its ranks. By doing so, we help maintain the sanctity of the ballots, votes and the entire election process.

“We just want to show the people that we are ready for the elections. We just want it to be peaceful,” said AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya.

For COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, SOLCOM’s Bike for SAFE is one simple gesture of support and commitment that has a great effect on establishing a ‘Fear-Free’ election atmosphere in the communities. She said that the series of initiatives for SAFE would likely contribute to a high voters’ turnout. (SOLCOM-PIO)


Bayani Challenge 2016: Barangay Walang Iwanan

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Since 2006, millions of volunteers have heeded the call for massive displays of bayanihan on-ground during the Bayani Challenge, the largest volunteer event in the country which continue to inspire, plant hope and end poverty.

Bayani Challenge is a yearly summer activity where Filipinos where encouraged to build communities and foster relationships through planting trees, building homes, repairing schools, health missions, paraisong pambata activities, youth conferences, sports programs, clean-up drives and many more.

Through disasters and armed conflict, together we have rebuilt homes and multi-purpose halls, cared for the environment, empowered communities and the youth, and inspired love for country. Last April 20-24, 2016 almost 800 volunteers composed of foreigners, young professionals , students and soldiers, gathered for another Bayani Challenge in three municipalities of Nueva Ecija namely Llanera, Jaen and Cabaio.

The first three days, the activities were more on house builds and storytelling. HOPE Conference 2016 culminated on Saturday and Sunday, a simultaneous workshop that covers, photo journalism, broadcasting, Public Speaking, Music and Story Telling conducted by different groups like HOPE Inc and CNN Philippines. The 5 day event was supported by Microsoft, DirectLife, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Youth Congress 2013 and HOPE Inc and other partner organizations. [IDG/Photos by Cpl Concepcion]


Third Manila rescue march challenge

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The third Rescue March (Mass Assembly for Rescue and Care for Humanity) Challenge was held last Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Rescue Squads in Metro Manila (national, local government units, volunteer and corporations) was held in four quadrants of Oplan Yakal (West to South), from Bonifacio Shrine, Manila  City to Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.

Rescue squads (7man-squad) who participated were dressed in their respective rescue uniforms with PPEs (personal protective equipment), rigged with backpacks and other life-saving gadgets.

This is a simulation response-exercise to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake scenario in Metro Manila that assumes breakdown of basic infrastructure in which rescuers have to travel on foot with their rescue equipment. This is not a competition but rather a collective assessment of the response capability (individual rescuer physical endurance/unit capability) of each rescue unit and the inter-operability of different rescue organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The 3rd RESCUE MARCH CHALLENGE is organized by ORANGE HELMETS, a humanitarian and emergency response operator (HERO) force multiplier group supported by MMDA, OCD-NCR, and the Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC). [AW2C Naga/IDG]