CABANATUAN CITY – Camouflage face-painted soldiers carrying assorted assault weapons to show off the Philippine Army’s firepower capability were an instant hit among onlookers at they took selfies during an information caravan in celebration of the 122nd founding anniversary here last Saturday.
Being showcased were the various types of assault weapons currently being used by the Army’s 7th Infantry Division such as the K3 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) light machine gun, the R4 assault rifle with M203 grenade launcher, the M60E3 machine gun, the M21 sniper rifle, the AK-47 rifle, and the 60mm mortar.
The event held at the 4th floor of the SM-City Cabanatuan supermall, drew several onlookers, mostly students, and children accompanied by their parents. Most of them took selfies or groufies while brandishing the weapons alongside the soldiers, whose faces were concealed with camouflage paints.
According to 7th ID commanding general Major Gen. Lenard T. Agustin, the information caravan was held to showcase anew the lasting heroism and commitment to service of the Army soldiers and that the Army continuously exists as a service and security institution because of the unwavering support of our internal and external stakeholders.
“And all of you, who are here right this very moment, consider yourselves as one of our partner stakeholders,” said Agustin.
The one-day caravan here was highlighted by a live band show by the CMO Gwapo Band of the 7th ID, a military static/photo display, puppetry show, film-showing, audio-visual presentation, the launching of infomercials about the Army and pictorials.
An information booth was also put up for the recruitment of new Army soldier-applicants and new Philippine Military Academy cadet-hopefuls.
Capt. Catherine Hapin, 7th ID spokesperson, said at least 300 new soldier-applicants are currently being processed at the Kaugnay Division for their 200 candidate-soldier quota.
It was learned that a candidate soldier receives a monthly gross pay and allowances worth P23,777 while a private-ranked soldier gets P37,038.