By Priam Nepomuceno
MANILA — Screen actor and Philippine Army (PA) reservist and probationary, 2nd Lt. Matteo Guidicelli, formally started his 30-day Leadership Development Course (LDC) at the First Scout Ranger Regiment, Camp Tecson, Bulacan Tuesday.
Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the yearly training is conducted to sharpen the leadership skills of PA officers and graduating cadets of the Philippine Military Academy.
He added that the LDC opening ceremony was presided by 6th Infantry Division commander and Medal of Valor awardee, Major Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, who is also a Scout Ranger himself.
“We admire the spirit of volunteerism displayed by Matteo Guidicelli. Our country needs more like-minded individuals who put the interests of the nation before their own. He certainly embodies the ideals of a disciplined and mission-oriented soldier of the Philippine Army,” the 6th Infantry Division commander said.
Guidicelli volunteered in the Army Reserve Force this year and has since been campaigning for more volunteers to become reservists themselves. He has also visited Maguindanao and the Davao region as a peace ambassador to inspire the youth to support the government’s peace initiatives, especially with the revival of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Veteran actor Robin Padilla has also recently expressed his desire to join the Army Reserve Force.
A proposed bill is now pending in Congress to make the Reserve Officers Training Corps a mandatory course for Grades 11 and 12 to train and prepare the youth in the defense of the country and to assist during national emergencies and natural calamities.
Since 1995, the ROTC has produced 1,744,209 graduates. (PNA)