News Release

July 29, 2014

Each congressional district to get one slot in the PMA

Lawmakers have filed a bill mandating the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to reserve a slot for one
cadet each for every congressional district in the country every year to comprise its incoming class.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante
Mindanao) filed House Bill 4169, which provides the selection of at least one incoming cadet from every
congressional district every year.

“This will give aspiring cadets from far-flung areas a chance to fulfill their dreams of becoming officers of
the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Rodriguez said.

“Majority of the cadets entering the PMA come from areas near the location of the camp which is in
Baguio. It is high time that we ensure a more balanced composition of every class that graduates from the
PMA,” Rodriguez added.

Rodriguez said the PMA was established in order to instruct, train and develop cadets that each graduate
shall possess the character and military skills essential to the successful pursuit of a progressive military
career as a values-centered leader in the selfless services to the AFP and the nation.

“The PMA is the training ground of cadets and it is where they can realize their dream of becoming part of
the AFP and fight for and defend the country,” Rodriguez said.

Under the bill, each cadet will still have to pass and comply with all the current admission requirements of
the PMA.

“Only upon determination that there is no qualified applicant from a certain legislative district will said slot
be given to another qualified applicant respective of their domicile,” Rodriguez said.

The bill also mandates the PMA in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to
promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the proposed
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