Change of Command Ceremony
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)
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.