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Living the PMA dream

While others desire to follow the footsteps of Ensign Kathleen Rose Ea and Lt. Mariel Robles, one cadet is already a step closer of living the dream.

1CL Chester Allan dela Cruz, who hails from Barangay EJC Montilla, Tacurong City, is part of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Masidlawin Class 2020 to graduate next year.

Dela Cruz is currently in the city joining the PMA Team of Examiners for the Entrance Examination today, August 25, 2019 (Sunday).

In May of this year, Ensign Ea, daughter of a tricycle driver from San Pablo, graduated Top 19 of Mabalasik Class 2019.

The year before Ea, Lt. Robles also graduated from PMA and took the distinction as the first female PMA graduate of Tacurong.

Robles is also the first product of Tacurong Testing Center for PMA Exam.

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Tacurong records biggest number of PMA examinees in five years

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)

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