On October 16, 2019, the AFPCMO School held its Joint Closing and Opening Ceremony of the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Class 03-19 and Strategic CMO NCO Class 21-19 at Bulwagang Reyes, CRSAFP, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The PCVE “Kabalikat” Class 03-19 is composed of thirty-nine (39) students from the major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) : four personnel from the Philippine Air Force, 18 from the Philippine Army, 11 from the Philippine Navy/Marines, one from the Technical Administrative Services AFP, and also five (5) from the Philippine National Police.
The AFPCMO School proudly announces the top performing PCVE students and distinctive awardees. CAPTAIN NOREENA VALERIE D FAJARDO (JAGS) ranked Number One in the class and was conferred with the Distinguished Honor Graduate/AFP J7 AWARD. CAPTAIN AMADOR R TATEL JR PN(M) ranked Number Two and was likewise given a Letter of Commendation Award, and FIRST LIEUTENANT BENJOU C PALADO PN(M) ranked Number Three and was also conferred with the AFP CMO School Commandant’s Award.
In addition, Special Studies Awards were given to the groups of CAPTAIN FAJARDO and CAPTAIN TATEL JR for obtaining the highest grade in PCVE Program Development. Special Awards were also given to students who have showcased their highest degree of skills and competence during the course.
Moreover, the Strategic CMO NCO Class 21-19 composed of fifty-nine (59) students from AFP and PNP was also officially opened. Their training over the next four (4) months is designed to shape and enhance their skills as CMO assistant planners and operators and join the breed of “Warrior Diplomats” who are advocates of peace and are partners in nation building.
The Guest of Honor and Speaker of the ceremony was BGEN EDGARD A AREVALO AFP. Congratulating the graduates of the PCVE “Kabalikat” Class 03-19, he also reminisced how the Marawi Siege has showcased the effects of terrorism in the world and to our country. He congratulated the students for producing PCVE programs appropriate to specific vulnerable communities in Marawi. He encouraged the graduates to make use of their learnings gained from the training, and challenged them to continuously improve their knowledge and skills.
BGEN AREVALO also welcomed the new students of the SCMONCO Course Class 21-19 and told them to be like a dry sponge ready to absorb everything new thing that they learn. BGEN AREVALO said, “the future belongs to those who persevere and endeavor.” Emphasizing the importance of education and how it takes one to new horizons, he challenged the students to come into the training great, and to come out of it greater.