MANILA — A female cadet from Sarangani province has made it to the top 10 of this year’s graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Cadet First Class Caroline Jhoy Nacional placed fifth among the 171 graduates of the Sinag-Lahi Class of 2015 on Sunday at the PMA in Fort General Gregorio del Pilar, Baguio City.
She is one of 16 female cadet graduates this year.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, during an interview aired over DZRB on Saturday, praised Nacional.
“Coming off from our continued celebration of National Women’s Month, maganda naman po ‘yan. At parang since 2010, consistently merong female cadet na nagla-land doon sa top honors ng PMA doon sa mga graduating class,” Valte said.
Nacional, 21, hails from the town of Maitum in Sarangani and is the daughter of a police investigator. She will join the Philippine Army.
As of 2014, 306 female cadets have graduated from the country’s military school. The academy began accepting women in 1993 following the passing of Republic Act No. 7192, or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act.