CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) donned to Commissioned Reservist Officers their new ranks in a ceremony held Thursday, June 10.

“Our Reservists are the strong willed and fully committed partners of the AFP, doing more than they have to, not because they need to, but they want to, in a cause greater than their lives. They are working hand in hand with us to achieve our endeavors,” AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana said.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel were Philippine Army Reservists Liza Quirog, Executive Officer of the 702nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion; Maria Josefina Torres; Jose Mari Tolentino; and Arnel Pagulayan all Battalion Staff from the 131st Ready Infantry Brigade

General Sobejana presided over the ceremony at the General Headquarters Building in Camp Aguinaldo.

The Donning of Ranks is a time-honored tradition in the AFP that rewards competence and performance in order to promote and sustain a capable, competent and professional military organization.

In his speech, General Sobejana congratulated the newly-promoted reservist officers and reminded them of the significant responsibility and commitment they must carry as they perform their duties.

“For you to give real meaning to the rank insignia donned on your shoulders today, you must continue to uphold and promote the highest standards of professionalism and performance excellence as reserve officers of the AFP,” he said.

He added that the new ranks shall reflect the extent of their dedication to serve the country and the people.

“The donning of these ranks after all, has its primordial purpose – of contributing to the mission accomplishment of the AFP and in making our country more peaceful and progressive,” General Sobejana concluded.

The AFP encourages more civilians to apply in the reserve force as the preservation of the state is an obligation of every citizen. The participation of reservists in the whole-of-nation approach towards genuine peace strengthens national security having trained men and women who can defend the country in times of war and crises. /// (Photo by SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP)