City Hall hosts PMA class ’17 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:04

City Hall today rolls out a red carpet welcome for second year Philippine Military Academy (PMA) students who are in Zamboanga City for a 5-day tour as part of the PMA Southern Cruise 2014.

Mayor Beng Climaco will spearhead City Government officials and employees in welcoming the plebes to City Hall during the regular flag raising ceremony at 8am today. To follow immediately are the launching of Foster Parents Program at the City Hall conference room and the courtesy call by selected PMA cadets at the office of the City Mayor.

At 5pm today, the PMA cadets will showcase their finest movements in military marching and formation through a silent drill exhibition at the Paseo del Mar grounds.

In the evening, the City Government will host a dinner for the delegation at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.

The Southern Cruise, an annual activity is intended to promote PMA in the different areas, as the academy seeks to recruit the best, brightest and fittest applicants for the military service.

The cruise is also a familiarization tour where the cadets will be oriented on the different units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) –Army, Navy or the Air Force—and help them decide which branch of service they would serve after graduating from the academy.

The delegation is composed of 195 cadets (125- males and 70-females). They are second year students and are graduating in 2017. They arrived Saturday, April 19 and will leave April 23. Also included in the delegation is the 56 PMA support staff.

Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) spokesman Capt. Rowena Muyuela said silent drills are also scheduled at the Naval Forces Western Mindanao headquarters tomorrow, April 22 and Westmincom headquarters on April 23.

Zamboanga City is one of the ports of call selected for the Southern Cruise, the others are Davao City, Cebu City, Cavite, Corregidor Island and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. — Sheila Covarrubias