During the opening ceremony of 35th AFP National reservist Week, September 6, Armed Forces of the Philippines chif-of-staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang said reserve force is one of AFP’s strong pillars in addressing the challenges of the 21st century.
“The call that we have in the AFP as protectors of our nation now encompasses a greater mission of safeguarding our fellow Filipinos from the devastating effects of climate change and various natural disasters.”
“Growing of at least one tree per year for every reservist would result to the production of more than 100,000 trees per year. In 10 years’ time, the AFP weekend warriors can produce more than one million trees,” Catapang added.
“You now have in your hands the bigger responsibility of taking part of the disaster risk reduction endeavors of our nation. I urge every one of you to take this objective in much dedication. You have proven to be truly an indispensable force in our organization,” Catapang’s message to reservists.
The military chief also added that in time of emergency when additional armed forces are needed, refurbished M16 rifles will be distributed to military reservist.
These M16 rifles were weapons recalled from active army and marine troops and replaced with brand new Remington M4 rifles.