LGU welcomes home PMA topnotcher
BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE (8 June 2020) – The local government unit here received 2/Lt. Rubenson Prajes Abgao, a native of barangay Maliwanag, who completed the Philippine Military Academy Masidlawin Class of 2020 with honors after finishing 9th in the country’s premiere military school in simple ceremonies held in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City last month.
Municipal Mayor Rosa D. Olafsson awarded Abgao with a plaque of recognition highlighting his achievement as the first Baroy resident who made it to the Top 10 in the Academy. Abgao is the third local to graduate in the PMA.
“As the mother of this town, I am happy and really proud that one of our constituents and the son of my former classmate worked very hard and became successful in PMA. He has brought pride and honor to the town and people of Baroy. I salute you, 2nd/Lt. Rubenson Abgao,” Olafsson said in Cebuano.
The Sangguniang Bayan, on the other hand, through a resolution in today’s regular session, acknowledged Abgao’s success and recognized his achievement as an important milestone for this fourth-class town stating that Abgao gave a "meaningful contribution to this Municipality in the field of military service."
The SB resolution further stated that the "Sanggunian, with pride and honor, salutes and recognizes the courage and determination of this young and promising officer."
Vice Mayor Oscar Tagalog presided the session and facilitated the recognition in honor of the young military officer noting that his success was indeed a “pride of Baroy.”
Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo also received Abgao and another PMA graduate from Kapatagan town, 2/Lt. David Kent Bela-ong, during a courtesy visit in the provincial chief executive’s office in the capital town of Tubod on Thursday.
Joining the Philippine Air Force, Abgao is currently on graduation leave before proceeding to pursue military pilot training. Of the 196 graduates this year, 100 joined the Philippine Army, 45 opted to join the Philippine Air Force, and 51 chose to serve in the Philippine Navy.
Abgao is the fourth child of local farmers who, like many others, struggled and persevered to provide the best education for their children. Rodrigo, Abgao’s father, used to sell charcoal and drove habal-habal (motorcycle) to feed his family and his mom, Betty, managed their home while kids went to school to pursue their dreams. Abgao considers his success as the fulfillment of his parents’ perseverance and sacrifice.
Abgao is the third military officer in the family with two older brothers currently in active service in the Philippine Army. His younger brother was recently admitted in PMA and traveled to Baguio City over the weekend.
A female cadet from Isabela topped this year’s batch and four other female cadets made it to the Top 10.
2/Lt. Gemalyn Sugui bested 195 graduates of "Masidlawin" Class of 2020 to become the sixth woman in history to top the graduating batch.