The delegates from IDAFA with the Assistant Superintendent, BGen Emmanuel B Salamat AFP and the Commandant of Cadets, BGen Noel S Clement AFP during their visit at the Academy.
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City – Five cadets and two officers from the Indonesian Defense Air Force Academy (IDAFA) headed by LtCol Soni Irawan visited the Philippine Military Academy last September 14-16, 2016 as part of the Philippines-Indonesia Cadets Exchange Visit Program (PHIL-INDO CEVP).
Hosted by both the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (IDAF), the PHIL-INDO CEVP is an engagement between the two (2) Air Forces through the exposure to respective Air Force Cadet Training and observation of each country’s vast heritage and culture. Started three years ago, the program also includes observation of best practices which can be applied to respective Air Force system to enhance both Air Force organizations and training. The program is pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Indonesia signed on 27 August 1997 by the Secretary of National Defense and Minister of Defense and Security, respectively, that explores cooperative activities in field training relative to Defense and Security.
The delegates from PMA with the IDAFA Officers.
During the Indonesian delegates’ stay in the Academy, they were immersed with the PMA cadets’ daily activities and had the chance to observe the conduct of classroom instructions. Interactions with their contemporary Aero Cadets in the Academy were also arranged which provided an avenue for meaningful discussions of their future roles in their respective Air Forces.
Similarly, PMA cadets and Officers also had their share of learning when they visited the Indonesian Air Force Academy last 19-22 September 2016. The visit of the PMA delegation was a rich experience for the cadets and officers as this provided them with the rare opportunity to witness firsthand the education and training conducted by the IDAFA. Aside from this, the delegates were also immersed with local culture and visited some significant historical sites like the Borobudur Temple, Dirgantara Museum and the Yogyakarta Palace.
It can be noted that Indonesia and the Philippines have close allies and both have supported each other’s policies in the region, as well as in upholding democracy and the rule of law in the South China Sea. Since the diplomatic ties officially established in 1949, Indonesia and Philippines enjoy cordial bilateral relationship in the spirit of international cooperation.
Mr Enrique K Razon Jr troops the line with the PMA Superintendent, MGen Donato B San Juan II AFP, during the Arrival Honors at the Sundial Area.
Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City – The Philippine Military Academy recently honored one of the country’s leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Enrique K. Razon, Jr., in a Testimonial Parade and Review held at the Academy grounds last September 24, 2016. The Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, whom Razon is the Chief Executive Officer, and the Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation, Inc. are behind the construction of the new four-storey cadet barracks that was officially inaugurated last June 29, 2016.
During his message before the officers and cadets, Razon mentioned how he is truly honored and privileged to be given the rare tribute. “The fact that it is given by the Philippine Military Academy makes it priceless, an experience I will never forget. It is us who should be paying homage to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. I am indeed humbled to be in your presence today. In my mind, there is no institution in our country that has held higher esteem than the Philippine Military Academy. You honor us here today for constructing the new cadet barracks, but believe me when I say, the honor is all ours. To those of us in the society that are in the position to do so, it is our duty to contribute and do our part, however small, to improve the lives of the men and women of the AFP and the PNP who sacrificed so much for our country”, said Razon who is also the Chairman and CEO of the International Container Terminal Servies, Inc.
The new cadet barracks, which will be fully dedicated and named during the Academy’s 118th Founding Anniversary this October, has 128 bedrooms, an armory, Tactical Officers’ rooms, study rooms, entertainment rooms, an electronics and engineering room, and a laundry room. Currently, the new Barracks houses 464 cadets from four companies of the Cadet Corps.
The honoree has been consistent with his philanthropic works throughout the country. Some of Razon’s charitable works was the rebuilding of Tacloban City’s airport and repair of 5 Day Care Centers in storm-wrecked Samar province after the onslaught of Super-Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. His company also helped in moving relief supplies through the seaport in various areas of the Visayas.