Forty-five soldiers of the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division completed their Elementary and Junior High School education during the first moving up and graduation ceremony at the 10th Infantry Division auditorium inside the Camp General Manuel T. Yan Senior in Mawab, Davao De Oro, on Feb. 8.
Captain Mark Anthony Tito, 10th Division Public Affairs Office chief, said of the 45, 30 completed Junior High School and 15 finished Elementary School, and are all former rebels and members of indigenous communities who were recruited through special enlistment.
Tito said they took the Functional Literacy Test (FLT) and participated in a series of modular sessions as part of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) offered by the Department of Education (DepEd).
During her speech, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Arlyn B. Lim emphasized the need for them to be provided with life skills that will help them become better soldiers and public servants.
She also urged them to continue their education so they can enroll in higher education or vocational courses.
“We will continue to partner with the 10ID to make a difference in these people’s lives. I know this aligns with our goal of eradicating illiteracy in our government,” said Lim.
Representing Major Gen Jose Eriel M. Niembra, 10th Infantry Division commander, was Colonel Felix Ronnie B. Babac, chief of staff of the unit.
Babac told the graduates that education will enhance their knowledge in performing their tasks as soldiers and will help them continue to climb the military rungs.
He also said that being representatives of their community, they serve as inspiration to their tribe.
The military unit signed a Memorandum of understanding with the DepEd-ALS of Davao de Oro on April 7, 2022 for the implementation of the ALS Project Agila.
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