Senate of the Philippines. CONSULTANT FILES

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 51 Senate employees have begun their training as Philippine Navy reservists, officials said Thursday.

The Naval Reserve Command (Navrescom) convened the Basic Military Citizen Course held on Wednesday at the Senate Building in Pasay City.

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Navrescom Commander Major General Joseph Ferrous Cuison oversaw the convocation ceremony.

Senator Robinhood Padilla also graced the ceremony as one of the key participants.

Padilla highlighted the importance of reservists, especially in responding to calamities.

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“It would be good if we were trained and knew what to do in case of an emergency,” Padilla said in Filipino during his speech.

“We must not be confused; rather, we all have roles to play in responding to a calamity,” she added.

Cusion previously said the Navy has seen the emergence of reserve volunteers, attributing it to the West Philippine Sea scenario.

“Maybe they are aware of the news about the West Philippine Sea, that could be one of the factors,” Cusion said in September last year.

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