CAMP AGUINDALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mustered its reserve force starting with its NCR-based Ready Reserve Units (RRUs) in June 17.

“As our operations against terrorist groups and other lawless elements continue to intensify, our reservists must remain steadfast, dependable, and ready to be deployed any time,” said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Public Affairs Chief.

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservists and Retiree Affairs, J9 spearheaded the NCR Mustering 2017. Based on their initial assembly, there were 112 officers, and 555 enlisted personnel in NCR, these are expected to increase on the day of the event.

The mustering will determine the present status of the operational readiness and the responsiveness of the Reserve Force.

“Our reservists are not only force multipliers, but also our partners in various non-lethal military operations and activities that contribute to nation building and national well-being,” Colonel Arevalo said.

As of the first quarter of this year, there is a total of 386, 116 strong Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine reservists all over the country. The AFP Reserve Force conducts regular assemblies to physically account, inspect, organize, and update the individual records of each reservist and Ready Reserve Unit (RRU).

The simultaneous assembly is in compliance with Section 49 of RA7077 which states that: All reservists, particularly those belonging to the Ready and Standby Reserves, shall be accounted for, their records and status updated and present whereabouts ascertained in order to ensure their readiness to the call to duty.

The kick-off for the NCR Mustering 2017 was held at the GHQ Grandstand, here with the AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, and Joint Task Force-NCR Commander, BGen Jesus Manangquil Jr, as the Military Hosts.

 “The physical accounting of our reservists and Ready Reserve Units is very important in tracing the manpower development build-up of the AFP. This will prove our capability as a professional organization, that our soldiers and reservists are always ready to respond to the call of duty,” General Año concluded.