Two hundred and twenty aspiring cadets took the entrance examination of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) hosted by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong City on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Applicants trooped to the city gymnasium as early as seven o’clock in the morning for the registration, checking of requirements, and height measurement among others. The written examination started at one o’clock in the afternoon.

Major Raul Verceles, head of the team of examiners from Philippine Military Academy, checks the documents presented by applicants before allowing them to take the test. 

According to City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon who helped PMA in the dissemination of information about the entrance exam, some applicants came from as far as the Municipality of Roxas in Cotabato Province. Majority of the examinees though were from the Province of Sultan Kudarat.

The 601st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army based in Kalandagan, Tacurong City also helped in the recruitment process. Several schools in the region were among the places visited to encourage applicants.

Jamorabon hopes that there will be several passers in this year’s entrance test. He said that last year’s exam registered a low passing rate. This is the third year that LGU Tacurong hosted the PMA entrance exam.

The team of examiners who arrived from Baguio included Major Raul Verceles, Technical Sergeant Alberto Fagcayang, Sergeant Dennis Liagao, and Corporal Joan Ortiz.

Qualified to take the PMA entrance exam are those who are: natural born Filipino citizens, physically fit and of good moral character, single and have never been married, not charged with administrative or criminal case, at least high school graduate, standing not less than five feet, and at least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years old on April 1, 2014.

Applicants who will pass the entrance and medical examinations will have the noble privilege of: serving the country, availing free college education, receiving monthly salary and allowances, guaranteed job after graduation, and having progressive career as an officer in the Philippine Army, Navy or Air Force. (Allan Freno, LGU Tacurong City)