The Social Media Product Development and Management Training (SMPDMT) Class 08-18 had their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP). The class is composed of twenty-seven (27) students coming from the different branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

COL NOEL N DELA CRUZ PA, Chief of Staff of CRSAFP, in hi0s welcome remarks, had commended the students for their personal commitment to the completion of the course and challenged them to deliver to their respective offices what is expected of them as new graduates of SMPDMT.

In their class synopsis, 1LT JOHN CARLO L OLASO PAF and TSg Leo D Sabuya PAF shared how cooperation enabled them to effectively learn and work together. They also added that their newly acquired knowledge and skills will be beneficial to both their professional and personal lives.

After the Certificates of Merit have been awarded to the top performers of the class, the inspirational remarks of BGEN BIENVENIDO R DATUIN JR AFP was relayed by COL DELA CRUZ to the students. In the former’s message, the importance of upscaling one’s skill in keeping up with rapid technological advancements was emphasized as it is believed to be the pathway to prosperity and competitiveness.

The graduation was graced with the presence of the Guest of Honor and Speaker, VGD MARK ANTHONY JAVIER, former president of Globe Telecom. He discussed the evolution of social media and the highlighted its power to influence populations. He likewise advised the students to use it responsibly and added that if one desires to build social authority, then all their products need to be compliant to the law.