Davao solon is country’s best AFP reservist

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY — Third District Rep. Isidro Ungab was recognized as this year’s Best Reservist Field Grade Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Ungab is the battalion commander with a rank of lieutenant colonel under the 22nd Ready Reserve Infantry Division based in Almendras Gym Compound, Trading Boulevard, this city.

He was honored by his fellow reservists in a simple ceremony Sunday morning infront of the Almendras Gym. The award was given earlier by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin last September 8 at Camp Aguinaldo during the celebration of the 33rd AFP Reservist Week.

In his message, Ungab said the recognition is not really for him alone but the entire battalion that works hard to go beyond rather than of what are expected from plain civilians.

“This is the result of our team efforts. We were there to help victims of disasters like floodings in Bangkal and the typhoon Sendong in Iligan,” he said.

He said it was a tall order when he rose above the challenge to head the battalion when he was also busy in many things.

Aside from attending his constituents in the city’s third district, he was also appointed in December 2011 as the chairman of the house committee’s ways and means and went on schooling to enrol Masteral of Development Management (MDM) at the Development Academy of the Philippines and to get the General Staff Corps (GSC), the highest military career course.

Ungab’s classmate in MDM and GSC is Mayor Sara Duterte, who herself a reservist with a rank of lieutenant colonel.

In getting the GSC, one has to complete a 10-month AFP Command and General Staff Course at the AFPCGSC College School. This is a pre-requisite to be a full pledge colonel.

From just one battalion, the 22nd Read Reserve Infantry Division has already three battalions. Mayor Duterte is the battalion commander of the first district, Lt. Col. Edgar Violan, working with the regional Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), commander of the second district and Ungab in the third district. (ASA)

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