An SM pride, SM Foundation’s (SMFI) scholar alumna, Air Force Lt. Danzel Bacaycay is spreading social good. She leads a team of frontliners manning the quarantine control points in Makati, in addition to her tasks as the Chief of Public Affairs and Special Disbursing Officer of the Air Mobility Command at the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
Danzel finished BS Accountancy at the Asia Pacific College in 2011. She takes pride in her SM scholarship which she said, taught her the values of perseverance, hard work, and planning ahead to achieve one’s dreams.
After finishing her tertiary education, and with her family’s support, she then pursued a career in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to become an Air Force officer. According to Danzel, “At first, it was my dream to be a Certified Public Accountant, but then I realized what I really wanted to be—which is to be able to serve the country and the Filipino people. And I thought the way of realizing this dream is by joining the AFP.”
Danzel entered the military service on Aug. 1, 2012 and graduated the PAF Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an officer on Oct. 11, 2013.
“In the Air Force, we have an opportunity to have a career. To move up and be promoted to the next higher rank, one must take and pass the Professional Military Education, and also specialization courses. These include written and physical fitness tests which all require perseverance. Having the values of an SM Scholar helped me achieve my goals in my military career,” she highlighted.
She has always been in touch with the SM Foundation team even after finishing college, thus she was able to facilitate the donation of SMFI composed of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to frontliners in BGen Benito N. Ebuen Air Base Hospital and nearby communities in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
“In the battle to fight COVID-19, I cannot say that I am not worried. But I am not afraid because I have God with me as my shield. No virus is stronger than our almighty God. Whatever happens, I will consider it as His will,” she ended.