LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, PIA (March 21) —LtGen. Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army bid farewell to retiring Major General Gerardo F. Barrientos, Jr. and ushered in the new 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commanding general during the change of command ceremony at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality.
Barrientos relinquished his position to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985 and former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
Barrientos retires this March after serving 2 years and 8 months as commanding general of Philippine Army’s premiere division.
A member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983, Barrientos served as former deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Mindanao.
“I am forever grateful to the local chief executives and other stakeholders for actively supporting the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ campaign of the Philippine Army,” Barrientos said adding that it is the blueprint of the Philippine Army in addressing insurgency problem by winning the hearts of the people.
Barrientos said with their support, he was able to efficiently and effectively accomplish the army’s mission in making Zamboanga Peninsula a peaceful place to live in.
The outgoing commander said he spent the best 40 years of his life as an army and it was satisfying, fulfilling and full of meaningful lifetime experience as he served the Filipino people.
LtGen. Miranda lauded Barrientos for having successfully painted the blueprint of the IPSP “Bayanihan” campaign. Meanwhile, the army chief is optimistic that BGen Bautista will successfully lead the troops to attain its mission.
“To be the new commander of Tabak Division is a very stressful job but I am confident that you can perform your job efficiently,” Miranda said adding that he knew him for a long time and worked together in the battlefield during their stint in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.
“Continue the success that your predecessor has laid down to achieve lasting peace and progress in our area,” Miranda urged. (ALT/GCC-PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)