PMA embraces biggest batch of women cadets


THE PHILIPPINE Military Academy welcomes to its fold some of the 82 women composing the largest batch of female cadets to make it to the top military institution. VINCENT CABREZA/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City—The country’s premier military training institution received on Monday its biggest batch of female cadets yet, when it accepted 82 women to be part of the 245-member Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2017.

Lt. Gen. Irineo Espino, PMA superintendent, said the incoming class has the highest number of female cadets since Republic Act No. 7192 required the military institution in 1993 to accept women. Cadets who graduate are automatically commissioned as officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The AFP sets a 20-percent quota for female cadets, but Espino said accepting 82 female cadets does not breach this limit.

The PMA, on its website, said the academy has been accepting a small number of women due to “the limited availability of adequate facilities for women.”

“The PMA all through these years has primarily been a school for men and it is understandable that changes could not be effected overnight,” it said.

“With the [entry] of female cadets, numerous adjustments needed to be done not only in the physical training but also in many other aspects to accommodate the very different needs of [women],” it said.

“The physical fitness training (program) has to be restudied to make it work for both sexes. New female barracks were constructed and female tactical officers were brought in,” it added.

Espino said the female barracks today could house all of the 82 female cadets.

Capt. Agnes Lynette Flores, PMA spokesperson, said the AFP medical board also allowed the academy to receive all female cadets who passed rigorous entrance examination and physical and medical tests that followed.

PMA had expected 276 newly selected cadets to arrive here on Monday for the traditional reception and oath-taking rites, among them 19 valedictorians of various high schools in the country.

Flores said they were selected by the PMA cadet procurement board from the 1,096 who passed the entrance examinations in August last year. Vincent Cabreza and Frank Cimatu, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • pedro Bato

    I agree, na hindi masyadong mag – nanakaw ang mga babae. they are less corrupt. . . . . ok yang maraming female cadets ngayon sa PMA

    • Pio Gante

      anong hindi masyado? ang pagnanakaw walang sinisino, babae man o lalaki, pag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon dahil na rin sa posisyon na taglay nila ay didiskarte rin.

  • $19543087

    Lt. Gen. Ireneo Espino you have to introduce as part of PMA’s curriculum the subject on ETHICS IN GOV’T & PRIVATE SECTORS from first year to last year of training. On this subject the following must be studied thoroughly: human rights, honesty, effects of graft & corruptions to gov’t. & society, supremacy of civilians over the military, political neutrality of the military, etc.

    • m1600

      pag nalaman nila ang tungkol sa graft and corruption bka mag coup de etat yang mga batang sundalo kasi malalman nila kung papano magsamantala ang humahawak ng civlian govt.

  • joboni96

    we may have problems in the future

    are we now ok
    in sending a lot of our womenfolk to combat

    we have had a lot of astig na kababaihan
    in our history

    but combat still gives premium to
    physical attributes

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    ok na yan para pag nagka-giyera e kwentuhan na lang at wala ng barilan

  • m1600

    during the seige of Camp Abubakar a AH-6J attack helicopter pilot was a young female pilot GRADUATE OF PMA and PAF training school she display exceptional courage maski binabakbakan na sa ibaba ng 50 cal she continue to fly low in support of the soldiers who were being pinnewd by mortal attack.I wonder where she is now? baka na pirate na ng Cebu pacific.

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