The Naval Reserve Center West (NRCW) in Palawan is now accepting applicants for its Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) for those wanting to be reservists.
Lieutenant Eric Espeso, acting commander of the NRCW told Palawan News on Tuesday that applicants should at least be high school graduates, and physically and mentally fit to undergo the BCMT.
“Kung ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) graduate sila, di na nila kailangan ng training. Pero kung hindi, they have to take the BCMT,” Espeso said.
He added that those who will qualify will join around 7,000 Marines and Navy reservists, including inactive, in the entire province.
He said applying to become a reservist is basically volunteering to serve the country in the event a war breaks out and during natural calamities.
Espeso said while under training, the applicants will receive subsistence allowances, allowed to wear the military uniforms, and covered with insurances.
He said the recruitment of reservists is governed under Republic Act 7077 or the “Citizen Armed Forces of the Philippines Reservist Act.”
“Come and join us sa lahat ng willing to serve the country in their own patriotic way. Hindi lang responsibility ng military na protektahan ang ating pamayanan kundi ng lahat kaya mayroon tayong reservist. It’s a shared responsibility,” Espeso said.
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