Early this year the Armed Forces of the Philippines has dropped the names of State universities and colleges that are perennial recruitment hubs of the communist movement in the country.
In an instant one would make a conclusion that the University of the Philippines (UP) will be at the forefront of such activities.

One alumna is making sure her story known to destroy such stereotyping of her beloved (UP).
1LT. Marjorie Siwa, UP alumna
(photo credit to PNA)

1LT. Marjorie Siwa who dreams of becoming a lawyer someday, took a slight detour in College and tried something that would challenge her along the way.
She joined the UP’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
“In my stint in UP, first year, may choice kami kung ano yung kukunin namin (we are given the choice on what we want to take up) [I wanted to] be challenged, [I wanted to] strengthen my leadership skills,” she said to Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Siwa laments that’s before she used to have wrong impressions about the military before she started her training.
“Before, my perception of the military is purely one-sided, one dimensional, fight (it's purely about fighting). [I really thought], napaka stoic naman, hindi (They are so stoic and not so) approachable. Pero nung sumali na ako (But when I joined),   Para ka maka-survive sa military kailangan mo ng (To survive in the military, you need) intense discipline, commitment to serve, hard work,” she said.survive sa military kailangan mo ng (To survive in the military, you need) intense discipline, commitment to serve, hard work,” she said.

 She graduated from ROTC’s Military Science 1 in 2008 while she was taking up Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

After graduating Siwa worked for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as a civilian employee.
“When I was a civilian employee, na-amaze ako sa lawak ng work na ginagawa ng (I was amazed with the scope of work done by the) AFP. (I was also amazed with the) dedication (of) men and women in uniform, nakikita ko yung mga sundalo kahit  further. I joined the force” she added.
At present, Siwa is assigned that supervises the civil-military engagements as an administrative officer of the 9th Infantry Division in the Bicol Region.

The AFP as an organization hopes to see more Siwa in the organization as compared to our neighbors we are lagging behind in terms of civilians who has undergone military training.

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Report from PNA