By Edan Sam Pancho | News Writer
Vol. XCI No. 18
Mar. 6, 2020
The Silliman University– Reserve Officer Training Corps (SU ROTC) unit obtained a “Superior” rating and garnered an overall score of 90.98 at its Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI) conducted by the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7RCDG) under the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) of the Philippine Army held at the Filomeno Cimafranca Ballfield last February 22.
The cadets and cadet officers got 299.7 points in the Administrative Inspection. The drill test resulted in a score of 196.42 out of 200 with 48.62 out of 50 points in the Ceremonial Parade, 49.63 points in Company Drill, and 48.62 in Rank Inspection. In the theoretical aspect test, the unit scored 203.71 out of 260.
The unit also scored 209.95 out of 240 in the Military Stakes test. This includes the Assembly and Disassembly of M16 Rifles, Military Courtesy and Discipline, First Aid/Disaster Response and Rescue Operations, Map Reading, and Small Unit Tactics.
The overall score was 909.78, equivalent to 90.98, with an adjectival rating of S for superior. The evaluators based the SU ROTC unit’s score in its administrative and management efficiency, tactical and field test management, theoretical aspect as to the proficiency, and quality of training gained by the Corps of Cadets.
Dr. Earl Jude Cleope, Vice President for Academic Affairs and the National Service Training Program Director of Silliman University, opened the program by giving his remarks. Group Commander of the 7RCDG Ricky P. Bunayog, INF Master in Natural Security Administration, PA, graced the event as the guest of honor, while RAATI Chairman Lieutenant Colonel (LT/COL) Ruel R. Jugalbot INF PA (RES) led the inspection team with LT COL Leonilo G. Paulin Jr. INF PA as Vice Chairman.
The rest of the inspecting team members were Major Arvin Dugho (INF) PA, Master Sergeant Alejandro Despabeladero (INF) PA, Technical Sergeant Ernani Bering (INF) PA, Sgt Roldan Fadriuela (INF) PA, Staff Sergeant (SSg) Eufracio Omag (INF) PA, Ssg Joji Baga, and Corporal Jose Bernie Bernal (INF) PA.
Prominent people from the university, including the university president, Dr. Betty C. McCann, Minister for Student and Campus Chaplaincy Reverend Wella De Rosas, and the SU ROTC unit commandant Major Lucelo Betinol (INF) PA also attended the event.
SU ROTC is known for being the regional champion in the RAATI 2013 and its outstanding performance of last year’s event. It also holds the first ROTC museum in the country and is once known for its cadets that made up 45% of the strength of the 75th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army Forces in the Far East during World War 2.