A total of 686 aspirants trooped to the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center to take the Philippine Military Academy Entrance Examination yesterday, September 9, 2018.

The number of test takers this year is the largest so far since Tacurong became a testing center in 2014. Only 280 hopefuls took the exam last year.

Head examiner Lt. Col. Lope Domingo, Jr. said that, aside from Sultan Kudarat, the test in Tacurong gathered examinees as far as South Cotabato, North Cotabato, and Maguindanao.

“I’m happy because the city has been gaining ground as testing center”, Col. Domingo said. “The increasing number of test takers is a proof of that.”

The exam was held in three batches. The first batch of test takers started at 11:30 AM and given three and a half hours to finish the whole test. The last batch of examinees took the test from 7:00 to 10:30 PM.

Mayor Lina Montilla, who stayed at the venue up to the last hour of the exam, also expressed her elation with the huge turnout of examinees.

She said that she will ask the Sanggunian to pass an ordinance institutionalizing the conduct of PMA exam in Tacurong.

Aside from Col. Domingo, the team of examiners included TSgt. Arnel Lumasoc and Sgt. Bryan Apiado.

Two graduating PMA cadets assisted them. They were Cdt. First Class Kathleen Rose Ea and Cdt. First Class Aljune Businos.

Both cadets took their exam in Tacurong four years ago. Ea is a resident of Tacurong while Businos is from Tantangan.

Also, at least five officers from 40th and 33rd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army assisted and served as proctors.

Col. Robert Dauz of 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade and Col. Edgar Catu of 40th Infantry Battalion, both PMA alumni, also visited and chatted with Mayor Montilla at the venue. (AFreno-LGU Information)