Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac – Female Candidate Soldiers (CS) of Candidate Soldier Course “SINAG” Class 702-22 graduated on 03 May 2022 at the School for Candidate Soldiers (SCS), Initial Military Training Center (IMTC)(P), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Philippine Army during their Closing Ceremony held at Mabini Hall of TRADOC at Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.

          Said class of Candidate Soldiers named “Sundalong Itinakda na may Natatanging Abilidad at Galing “SINAG”, 168-strong female Candidate Soldiers, successfully hurdled the 16 weeks of regimented Basic Military Training conducted by SCS, TRADOC, PA designed to transform them from civilians into professional, motivated, and disciplined soldiers.

          The 168 female privates from the different Philippine Army Major Units will continue the next phase of their training for the Infantry Orientation Course (INFOC) for a period of four (4) month-long training to equip them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies for jungle warfare and urban operations.

          Major General Andrew D Costelo, Commander, 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Divison, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker said that, “Ang inyong training ay magsilbing inyong puhunan upang malagpasan ang mga pagsubok na inyong babalikatin sa pagganap ng inyong katungkulan. Ako’y naniniwala na ngayong kayo ay ganap at propesyunal nang mga sundalo, kayo ay tatalima at susunod sa lahat ng mga legal na atas ng lahat ng nakakataas.”.

          Pvt Jane B Bandojo (Inf) PA of Sto. Domingo, Albay graduated as the Top of the class; Pvt Vivian O Abannag (Inf) PA, of Tabuk City, Kalinga as Top 2; and Pvt Lady Carel C Lorenzo (Inf) PA of Conner, Apayao as Top 3. Some of the graduates of the “SINAG” Class were former rebels who turned themselves into the government and later joined the Philippine Army with the full commitment of serving and protecting our fellow Filipinos from being victims of the deceptive radicalization of CPP-NPA-NDF.

          Strict observation of IATF and COVID19 protocols were implemented during the entire activity.