Ryan Kristofer I. Arana is the Corps Commander of the UP ROTC for AY 2011-2012. His main goal for the Corps is to bring back its core competencies and become the best unit in the region. “For without substance, UP ROTC will be hard pressed to promote itself to the community,” he said. Under his command, the UP ROTC is striving to be the preeminent ROTC unit, especially that it will celebrate its Centennial in 2012.
While the UP Vanguard and the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics are giving their great efforts to improve the facilities and the program itself, Cadet Arana’s chief concern is manpower. “The cadets and cadet officers are our greatest assets,” he said, “We must take care of our fellow UP students who believe in and support our cause.” As Corps Commander, he believes in fostering a positive working atmosphere in order to motivate his subordinates. “The people who work under me are UP students just like myself, and it is my job to train them to become so much more,” he said.
Through the efforts of his command, with the support of the UP Vanguard and the DMST, the ROTC enrollment increased by more than twice the previous year. His hopes are that the increase will continue because it will mean that the UP student body is becoming aware of the importance of the program.
Cadet Arana is a BS Computer Science student who hails from Dasmarinas, Cavite. Before assuming command, he was the Corps Civil-Military Operations Officer, G-7. He graduated Valedictorian in high school at Al-Jazeera International School Dammam in Saudi Arabia, where he also served as Corps Commander of the Citizenship Advancement Training during his senior year, before entering the University.