CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, August 27 (PIA) – To improve quality of life, to help the family, to have free education and land a sure job after graduation--these are the reasons behind the story of every cadet who enters the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Very soon, another batch of successful young men and women from Eastern Visayas are included in the 234 graduating cadets to compose the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 2014.
One comes from Catarman, Northern Samar, one from Babatngon, Leyte, one from Palo, Leyte, one from Jaro, leyte and two from Tacloban City.
The six Eastern Visayans were assigned as proctors during the recent PMA entrance examination held in Tacloban City and Catbalogan City, Samar.
“I am here to dispel rumors about the academy, I would know first- hand that rumors about hazing is untrue,” First Class Cadet Ivy Janine Marimat said.
Marimat belongs to nineteen women cadets who will make it to the 2014 graduation rights.
The young lady is eldest in six siblings, and according to her she was already in third year college in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry when she tried her fate in the Academy.
“The academy instilled in each cadet discipline, the true meaning of honesty, loyalty and integrity to be a good leader,” she added.
In a radio program guesting in Catbalogan recently, PMA Cadet Admission (OCA) Officer Major Lope Domingo said that it is not a guarantee that once they enter the academy they will also be included or be able to graduate in PMA.
“To be a good leader they must know how to be a good follower that is why each cadet passes plebe hood.”
During the first year of the cadets in the academy, they are called plebe or the lowest mammal in the academy. The plebe will follow the rules and orders of their upper classmen, according to Major Domingo.
“If you believe that you have what it takes to be a PMA cadet then you must try and not waste your time while you are young.”
PMA cadets enjoy a full government scholarship with a monthly salary, allowances and a chance to undergo the rare and unique PMA experience designed to develop a well-rounded officer and a leader. (PIA 8- Samar Avha Hilario)