President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 109th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday(March 16). The PMA boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men and women for military service. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 109th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Siklab Diwa Class of 2014 at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday(March 16). The PMA boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men and women for military service. (MNS photo)

MANILA(Mabuhay) — 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 irrespective 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 act. (MNS)