Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has vowed to help promote the collective security of the country as he took his oath as newly commissioned commander of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In a statement, Andanar described his new position as the highest form of national service.
“Serving as a civilian in our Armed Forces’ Reserve Force is truly one of the highest forms of national service, and, indeed, a staunch display of patriotism to our beloved country.”
According to Andanar, his determination to “further serve and contribute to the preservation of peace and harmony” for the people and the country has been amplified.
He likewise expressed appreciation to the AFP for their hard work and sacrifice.
“I am also ready to help promote our collective security against those who continue to undermine our national integrity and interests,” he said.
“May the Armed Forces’ collective and dedicated patriotic service to our country and our countrymen continue to be fruitful toward the attainment of true change, lasting peace, and inclusive progress that our whole nation is working toward to achieve,” he added.
Andanar, whose commission order was released on May 25, 2020, took his oath as commissioned commander of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force at the Philippine Navy headquarters on Friday.
The former journo is now part of the Reserve Force of the Philippine Navy as commissioned commander pursuant to the National Defense Act, which grants military officership rank to presidential appointees, as recommended by the Chief of Staff.