CHANGING OF THE GUARDS - GEN HERNANDO DELFIN CARMELO A IRIBERRI AFP, the AFP Chief of Staff hands over the saber to MGEN DONATO B SAN JUAN II AFP who assumes the position of Superintendent, PMA previously held by LTGEN OSCAR P LOPEZ AFP during the Change of Command Ceremony last 13 February 2016.
Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City – The Philippine Military Academy welcomed MGEN DONATO B SAN JUAN II AFP as the new Superintendent on February 13, 2016, as LTGEN OSCAR P LOPEZ AFP stepped down in lieu of his retirement.
The Testimonial Parade which was enjoined by the PMA officials, enlisted personnel and civilian employees brought expectation and remembrance as both the incoming and outgoing Superintendents, respectively gave their gratifying speeches which were further substantiated by GEN HERNANDO DELFIN CARMELO A IRIBERRI, the AFP Chief of Staff who presided over the Turnover of Command.
Now the 57th Superintendent, MGEN SAN JUAN II of Maharlika Class of 1984 accepted the responsibility of ensuring that the institution will continue producing principled and competent AFP leaders. He emphasized the importance of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration in ensuring that the goals set for PMA Roadmap 2028 will be efficiently achieved. The newly installed Superintendent believes that no soldier must be left behind because success can be attained not only by a single individual but shall be conquered by the team as a whole.
Following the acceptance speech of the new Superintendent, GEN IRIBERRI AFP expressed his gratitude to his Alma Mater, and recognized that his success and of other Alumni have been achieved through the glorious past of their 4-year stay in the Academy. He pointed out that the importance of the role of the Superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy in the overall dynamics of the military service of the country cannot be emphasized enough, which led him in acknowledging the achievements of the outgoing Superintendent during his tenure in the Academy.
LTGEN LOPEZ after being recognized by the Chief of Staff reflected on his whole journey in the AFP. Despite the rough and bumpy road, he revealed that he was never afraid to ask for guidance, advice and encouragement. He continued as he entrusted the delicate tasks of pursuing the PMA Roadmap to the new Superintendent. In spite of leaving the portals of the Academy, the 56th Superintendent of PMA left words of wisdom to the members of the Cadet Corps, and acknowledged the efforts of team PMA.
Fort Del Pilar - The Philippine Military Academy Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly the Aero Cadets (those who are training to become officers of the Philippine Air Force) recently received a state of the art upgrade for its Air Force Laboratory from the outgoing Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, LTGEN JEFFREY F DELGADO AFP, a member of PMA “SANDIGAN” Class of 1982 last January 09 2016 during his Testimonial Parade and Review at Fort Del Pilar, Philippine Military Academy.
The procurement of the Flight Simulator was realized through the office of the outgoing Commanding General. He initiated the procurement of the equipment which is in agreement with the RA 10349 also known as Revised AFP Modernization Act which aims to modernize all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This is also consistent with the academy’s Roadmap which is to reach the international standards in producing principled and competent officers by 2028.
The Commandant of Cadets, BGEN ROZANNO D BRIGUEZ AFP, in his interview said, “The Flight simulator cuts the training time by 30-60 percent, it is cost-effective, and it promotes safety among our future pilots of the Philippine Air Force. This will enhance the competence of our Aero Cadets and will significantly contribute to their aptitude as future pilots for the Philippine Air Force.”
The Flight Simulator teaches the cadets of the basics of Flight Training and maneuvers. This brings the cadets who aspire to become pilots for the Philippine Air Force one step closer in earning their wings and become pilots for the modernized Armed Forces of the Philippines.