By Martin Sadongdong
At least 63 Philippine Army officers have recently graduated from the Battalion Commander Pre-Command Course as the military looks to produce more capable and skilled leaders who will continue the mission of ending the country’s problem against various threat groups.
Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay, Army Commanding General, served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the graduation ceremony of the Battalion Commander Pre-Command Course Class 03-2020 over the weekend at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
The class was composed of 59 male and four female officers.
Gapay said the officers underwent the course to prepare them in becoming “more professional and competent” Army battalion commanders who are “capable of carrying out the mission of ending insurgency and terrorism.”
“As you take on your new duties and responsibilities, you must be guided by our overall direction of sustaining the momentum in capacitating the Army towards greater mission effectiveness,” Gapay told the officers.
“Each mission, every action should help build a better Army and a more peaceful, prosperous country,” he added.
The Army chief said the graduates took the 10-day course to equip them with knowledge on leadership, Army’s operational thrusts, resource management, and operational strategy.
The course was administered by the Army Leadership Development and Education Center and supervised by the Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Gapay told the officers to stay focused on their assigned missions, be grounded, and look after the welfare of the soldiers that would be under their command.
“For as long as you have this in mind, you will be able to accomplish what is expected of you,” he noted.