CAMP ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The former Army inspector general assumed today as the new Army commander of the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division based here in a formal military ceremony presided by the Army Vice Commander, Maj. Gen. R. Demosthenes C. Santillan.
Maj. Gen. Manolito P. Orense, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1983 and a native of Cubao, Quezon City, took his new post replacing Lt. Gen. Ferdinand F. Quidilla who is now the commander of the AFP’s Southern Luzon Command based in Camp Nakar, Lucena City.
Prior to this position, Orense was the Inspector General of the Philippine Army.
Among his significant positions both in the Army and AFP units include: Chief of the Unified Command Staff of Eastern Mindanao Command; Commanding Officer of the Army’s 603rd Infantry Brigade; Assistant Commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division; and Chairman of the GPH Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
Orense also commanded the 57th Infantry Battalion and the 6th Military Intelligence Battalion based in Mindanao.
The 54-year old Orense is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course at AFP Command and General Staff College, Armor Officer Advance Course and Combat Intelligence Course. He is set to retire from the military service on Dec. 2017.
Meanwhile, the designation of Orense is part of the Army’s continuing career and leadership development program for its senior officers.