Saturday, October 30, 2010

901st Brigade Leads the Reshuffle of Army Commanders in the Bicol Region

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The Army’s 901st Brigade takes the lead in the major revamp of unit commanders in the Bicol Region, a military official said.

LtCol Julian C Pacatan Jr, the Personnel Officer of the 9th Infantry Division said that four subordinate units will be affected in the revamp and the 901st Brigade was the first unit to have a new commander. He made the statement during the formal turn-over of command ceremony for the 901st Brigade held in Daraga town in Albay yesterday, Friday.

“The installation of new commanders is long overdue because these commanders have already served 1-2 years in their respective units. The designation of new set of commanders in a prescribed period ensures that correct military career pattern is followed,” explains Pacatan.

“In the next few days, there will be turn-over of command ceremonies for unit commanders of the 9th Infantry Battalion in Masbate, the 22nd Infantry Battalion which administers the paramilitary forces (CAFGU) and the 65th Infantry Battalion which is currently deployed in Lanao del Sur.

In a simple ceremony presided by Major General Ruperto Pabustan, the Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, Brigadier General Marlou Salazar relinquished the command of the 901st Brigade to Colonel Arthur Ang.

In his speech, Pabustan credited Salazar for the neutralization of prominent communist terrorist personalities and the implementation of various peace and development programs in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes.

“I would like to thank General Salazar for his sustained efforts in establishing peace and security in his area of responsibility. The semblance of ‘no conflict’ is directly attributed to the rising economic growth of this region,” said Pabustan.

Meanwhile, Pabustan also challenged Ang to maintain or surpass the vast accomplishments of Salazar who is known for promoting the non-traditional roles of the Philippine Army in its drive to solve the communist insurgency problem.

A well-respected combat officer, Ang is also adept in military diplomacy and international politics having been designated as the military attaché to Beijing from 2005-2008.

Fresh from his stint as 9th ID’s Chief of Staff, Ang is well-versed about 9th ID’s thrusts and programs which will contribute towards the accomplishment of the Army’s mission.

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