After showcasing competency in tactical drills, the Cagayan State University – Sanchez Mira Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (CSU-SM ROTC) garnered a 97.3 rating during the Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection (RAATI) on May 23, 2024 at the CSU-SM grounds.
RAATI is an annual activity of the 2nd Regional Community Defense Group, Reserve Command, Philippine Army that entails actual inspection of all active PA ROTC units of higher education institutions in Region 2. By evaluating and inspecting, RAATI shows and supports basic military training that contributes to the development of well-prepared trainees for the country’s national defense.
The cadets and cadettes of CSU-SM ROTC composed of students from CSU-SM, Florencio L. Vargas College (FLVC), and Maila Rosario College – Sanchez Mira were evaluated in drills including company drill, field stripping, map reading, small unit leadership and tactics, and oral and demonstration graded exercises by the RAATI Team Chaired by LTC Rogelio Benitez GSC PA (RES).
Aside from the different campus officials led by Dr. Rodel Francisco Alegado, campus executive officer of CSU-SM, some members of the faculty of FLVC headed by Dr. Emelie Ayap and Maila Rosario College – SM led by Cap. Carlito Fagela Jr., Hon. BGen. Abraham B. Bagasin, local chief executive of Sanchez Mira, also graced the event and encouraged the campus ROTC to continue their dedication to themselves and the country.
“I can personally attest to the significance of this training… My goal is to set a good example of leadership,” BGen. Bagasin said in his message.
Meanwhile, CEO Alegado enthused, “We deeply recognize the importance of ROTC for it hones future leaders. The energy and commitment show our dedication and desires to win and hopefully, we will win.”
The preparation for this year’s RAATI was a collaborative effort by various campus officials and students spearheaded by CEO Alegado, College of Criminal Justice Education Dean Jose Sherief Panelo, NSTP Coordinator Valentin Apostol, and ROTC Coordinator Chris Ian Rodriguez.
“We need to train our people to meet the need for manpower to protect our country. Your dedication to your training reflects your passion and love for our country,” Mr. Apostol said.