Gov. Edgar Chatto congratulated 33 graduates of the pioneer Philippine Air Force Reserve class in Bohol during closing ceremonies on Thursday.
The class of 2017 headed by Master Sergeant Anthony Damalerio finished the Basic Citizen Military Training class to become the first Philippine Air Force Reservists in the province.
The training that began July 22 and ended October 12 consisted of topics such as Armed Forces of the Philippines history and organization; followership; civil military operations; military leadership; physical, personnel, document, and operational Security; threats to national security; and AFP Code of Ethics and military justice.
The graduates also trained on signaling/marshalling, disaster preparedness and life saving techniques, first aid/CPR/AED, guard duties, firefight SOP, immediate action drill, Philippine Air Force role in internal security operations, as well as map reading and land navigation.
They also underwent harbouring, where Field Training Exercises were conducted and they were taught established defensive positions of a patrol for patrol reorganization.
The governor, who saw that graduates were also frontline personnel during the earthquake response, said that volunteerism and commitment to the Filipino people are admirable traits in the reservist program that promotes service and love for country.
Guest speaker Brigadier General Ernesto Milo, Air Force Reserve Commander stated that the program brings Air Force influence on smallest form of government to swiftly react to wide range of national calling, particularly disaster management, commending graduates for collective effort to rise above the ordinary citizen.
Also present were Lt. Col. Jose Tadeo Javier, 5th Air Reserve Center commander; 1st Lt. Gerard Paul Caballes, operations officer for squadron command; and SEEM cluster head Liza Quirog.
The peacetime roles of the PAF reserve force are Training (Career, Unit, Billateral Military Exercises and Specialization), Participation in Historical Events Celebration, and Preservation of Ecology & Natural resources.
During crisis and disasters, the PAF reserve participates in response to disasters and calamities, provides air/land transportation assistance, participates in health services and rehabilitation and development in the affected areas, and assists in the conduct of aerial surveys for search and rescue and relief operations.
During war, the PAF reserve assists in the conduct of aerial surveys for search and rescue and relief operations, provides service support, search and rescue operation, and health services, and undertakes tasks such as garrison duty, manning air defense, internal security and guarding of important points such as supply depots, communication nodes, air bases and other vital areas. (Leah Marchil Sumampong/EDCOM)