FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Brigadier General Edmundo R Pangilinan assumed as the Commander of the 6th Infantry Division which has jurisdiction over Central Mindanao, replacing Major General Romeo L Gapuz, who is retiring from the military service today, May 26, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Army Chief Lt Gen Hernando DCA Iriberri presided over the Change of Command Ceremony at the 6th Infantry Division headquarters in Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao earlier today.
Prior to his designation as 6th Infantry Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Pangilinan commanded the 601st Brigade, also in Central Mindanao.
Some of his senior staff assignments include Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, OG1, Philippine Army and Commanding Officer, Army Personnel Management Center. He likewise served as Acting Chief of Unified Command Staff, Southern Luzon Command.
In 2000, he assumed as Commander of the 59th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Also in the same year, he commanded the Reconnaissance Battalion of the same Army Division.
He spent his early years in the military service in Mindanao, as Executive Officer and Company Commander of the Bravo Company, 10th Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, and later on as Battalion Intelligence Officer.
He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class (PMA) Class of 1983.
Meanwhile, outgoing Commander Maj. Gen. Romeo L Gapuz has contributed significantly to the efforts of the government in forging peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), having assumed as 6ID Commander in February 2013 during the last stages of the peace negotiations with the MILF.
A member of PMA Class 1981, Maj. Gen. Gapuz has served the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for 37 years.
In those 37 years, he has assumed significant and sensitive posts both in the Philippine Army and the AFP. Before commanding the 6th Infantry Division in 2013, he served as the Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, and led the 403rd Brigade.