COMMENCEMENT exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will push through despite the worldwide pandemic.
The annual graduation rites at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City composed of still undetermined number of cadets who are as of Thursday, April 23, having their final examinations to join the ranks of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Air Force after a stringent evaluation.
Captain Chery Tindog, PMA Spokesperson disclosed this year’s graduation rites will proceed with adjustments in Asia’s premier military academy in view of the Luzonwide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) over the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“We are considering many aspects but the graduation will be a go. Na fulfill naman nila iyong requirements. It’s just a matter of deciding the protocols because of the current enhanced community quarantine,” added Tindog.
Tindog said the only time graduation in PMA was cancelled is during the World War 2 adding many aspects of the event usually set in May will be considered with the guest of honor, President Rodrigo Duterte facilitating.
“We are still looking into what is going to happen after the April 30 if it will be extended, modified but we will adhere to the regulations of the city,” she added.
Tindog said to date, the academy is still off limits to visitors while crowd drawing activities of the cadets are suspended adding classes are conducted online while social distancing is strictly implemented for non-academic activities.
For PMA staff, personnel are designated for the skeleton force while others are working at home. Group meetings are done online.
At present, there are 211 first class cadets.
In last year’s graduation, PMA “Mabalasik” Class 2019 is the first batch to graduate in the month of May instead of March after the academic calendar shifted to follow the K - 12 system.
The strong 261 PMA 2019 graduates put a closure to their cadetship with Valedictorian Second Lieutenant Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla making history by being the fifth female valedictorian of the military academy.
As a precautionary measure over the Covid-19, this year’s recent alumni homecoming celebration of the PMA proceeded however it was closed to the public with only the alumni and their family members, PMA personnel and official documenters attended.