CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City, Sept. 21 (PIA)--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded outstanding reservists and reserve units in the country during the closing ceremony of the 40th National Reservists Week (NRW) on Saturday, September 21 at the Lapu-lapu Grandstand, here.
Among the recognized reservists were Navy Commander Danilo G Espela, the AFP Reservist Officer of the Year for field grade level; Army Captain Raida B Maglangit, the AFP Reservist of the Year for company grade level; and Army Technical Sergeant Renato D Escolano, the AFP Enlisted Reservist of the Year.
The recognition of the reservists signifies the active and strong interchange of support between civilians and military. While they do not receive compensation, reservists continue to carry out support operations especially in nation-building and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
The outstanding reservist units of the year were Naval Forces Reserve-Eastern Visayas, 51st Naval Group Reserve, and Leyte College Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Unit. Meanwhile, the 704th Reserve Communication Center Incorporated Communication Battalion and 60th NARG-YL Fishing Corp were recognized as AFP Affiliated Reserve Units of the Year.
Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo who represented Secretary Mark Villar as the guest of honor personally awarded the outstanding reservists and reservist units. He was assisted by AFP Vice Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr. Also present in the ceremony were Colonel Fernando Fraginal, Commander of AFP Reserve Command, and Commodore Ramil Roberto Enriquez, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs.
Prior to the ceremony, reservists conducted a capability demonstration at the AFP parade grounds followed by the parade of troops, warfighting capabilities and HADR equipment. This was done to show the present status of the operational readiness and the responsiveness of the AFP reserve force.
From 1995 to 2019, the AFP was able to record a total of 703,648 Reservists while there are 4,384,936 ROTC cadets.
This year's NRW is anchored on the theme "Laang-Kawal: Makabagong Lingkod Bayang Maaasahan sa panahon ng Digmaan, Sakuna at Kapayapaan." During the week-long celebration, reservists and ROTC cadets nationwide were tested and evaluated through various activities that include mustering, assembly test, pre-mobilization test, and Senior Leaders Forum and ROTC Summit.
Also known as "Linggo ng Laang-Kawal" under Presidential Proclamation 627 of 1995, it is annually conducted to celebrate the accomplishments of reservists and their incessant support to the AFP in fulfilling its mandate. (AFP PAO)