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EMSBN Went on Kalayaan Islands Excursion
Military professionalism is a broad idea of how a soldier deals with his life in the service. It is an impetus of conditioning himself to whatever task he has in the service of his nation. In the statement written above by General Charles de Gaulle, a life that a soldier has become is a consonant term in describing the mission that the higher headquarters has given to the Engineer Maintenance and Support Battalion. A mission that brings the legacy not only to the Armed Forces, but to the nation, as we raise the flag in conducting a vertical construction project in the largest isolated island of Spratly, Palawan, the Pag asa Island.
The tasked may be hard, where limits of water consumption, electrical convenience, sms network coverage, logistics routes and even civilization are the main factors that makes it different from our other projects. But in the world of the Engineers’ way in dealing with scarcity, we find it great to have the experience of living in a haven with lots of sea creatures and pure serenity.
By looking at the brighter side, *Pagasa island has a 1.3 km airstrip. A total island area of 32.7 hectares is a playground that we completely jog around in an hour. Once a month, a Philippine Navy Ship goes to this island to drop supplies of goods. This island has a water-filtering plant, power generators, weather stations and a communication tower which is built by the Philippine-based SMART Telecommunications. These amenities make us great enough to enjoy life as we finish the eighty (80)-working-day task.
Every Filipino in the world has been to every part of the country’s most treasured tours, no matter what their status may be and to what extent they want their trek to happen, but not all have been to this exciting place that the Engineers have conquered. This island is a promising place of ocean wealth and beauty. Loneliness is part of our sacrifice, but it is rewarded with the legacy that someday made us proud and say that once, we built there and indeed, had the “Kalayaan Excursion”.