AFP eyed to focus more on reservist program upgrades

MANILA – As the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) concludes its celebration of the 37th National Reservist Week Saturday, a ranking defense official expressed confidence that plans to upgrade the capabilities of the Reserve Force are now underway.

“I am confident that the AFP leadership shall continue to focus its programs and activities in the enhancement of their operational capabilities and readiness of our Reservists,” DND undersecretary Ricardo David, Jr., said.

He added reservists will be our reliable partners in the fight against illegal drugs, graft and corruption and criminality.

This year’s National Reservist Week theme is “Laang Kawal: Patuloy ba Naghahanda at Nagsasanay tungo sa Mapayapa, Masagana at Maunlad na Bayan”.

As a leveling up activity, 15 provinces organized a Ready Reserve Battalion (RRBn) adopting the joint force structure representing the three major services.

The number of participating provinces will increase in the succeeding years until 81 provinces of the entire country will have its respective Joint Force Ready Reserve Battalion.

This organized Joint Force RRBn’s will assist the Unified Commands during Humanitarian and Disaster Response Operations.

David also asked for support in the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to make ROTC mandatory for our schools.

“The revival of the ROTC will inculcate the sense of patriotism, the sense of discipline as we as the sense of good citizenship,” he said. PNA –