CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, (PNA) – Twelve new 2nd lieutenants who recently graduated from the Officers Preparatory Course and from the Officer Candidate School were assigned to the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (ID).

The army division formally welcomed them during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Lukban, this city on Monday.

As part of the army command’s tradition, the young officers were presented during the flag-raising ceremony and individually, they introduced themselves to the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the division.

Eight of the newly reported young officers are members of Officer Preparatory Course “LAKANDIWA” Class 63 – 2014, while four are members of Officer Candidate Course “GANDILAN” Class 44 – 2015. Seven of them are from Luzon, while five are from Mindanao.

The new 2nd Lieutenants are: Philip R. Umblas, Jim Kevin Z. Dagpin, Eljing M. Macutob, Jay Rodante F. Figurasin, Reyzander K. Ga, Edgardo B. Bernas, Floilan I. Valenzuela, Rambi C. Onsat, Jose Ignacious V. De Leon, Jerome Cob D. Dela Cruz, Zaldy P. Lim-Ang, and Bernabe John M. Caro.

Prior to their deployment in the different field units, the new officers will undergo the Platoon Leader’s Course to refresh them of the military knowledge and skills they acquired from their respective military schools they were honed as military officers.

Major Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8th ID commander stressed in his message to the new officers the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Core Values, of Honor, Patriotism and Duty.

“Cling on to these values and you will never go astray from the narrow path towards becoming an ideal soldier in the mold of our brave and noble military heroes,” he said.

“The Country and the Filipino people expect much of you. Good luck and contribute as much as you can to the achievement of peaceful and development-ready Eastern Visayas,” he added. (PNA)