Army Battalion in Negros gets new commander

SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental – A new commander of the Army’s 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division assumed his post on Thursday November 5 at 10:00 a.m. in a change of command ceremony here.

Lt. Col. Arnel Cabugon succeeded Lt. Col. Rommel Cordova who commanded the 62IB since April 1, 2014.

Prior to his designation as Commanding Officer of 62IB, Lt. Col. Cabugon was the Executive Officer of the 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade based in Panay Island.

Lt. Col. Cabugon held various positions both in command and unit administration. He served as the Chief of the Division Personnel Management Center of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 of the 8th Infantry Division based in Samar. He also served as the Executive Officer of the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force of the National Capital Region Command in 2009 to 2010 and later on the Commanding Officer of the 9th Civil-Military Operations Unit of the Civil-Military Operations Group of the Philippine Army in Luzon in 2010 to 2011.

He graduated from the Officer Candidate School in 1992 and was assigned in Mindanao from 1993 to 2000. Prior to his assignment with 3ID, he finished his Command and General Staff Course at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFP CGSC) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The command of 3ID has its full trust and confidence with Lt. Col. Cabugon. His competence and extensive background in Civil-Military Operations will definitely bring significant results in the Division’s peace and development efforts particularly in the area of Negros Island.

Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Commander of 3ID, was the Presiding General Officer during the change of command ceremony. In his message, Maj. Gen. Guerrero reaffirmed the commitment of 3ID in winning the peace campaign in Western and Central Visayas in line with the IPSP “Bayanihan” and to sustain the gains in its peace and security operations.

Meanwhile, the 3ID leadership also acknowledged the dedication, sacrifices and remarkable accomplishments of the outgoing 62IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Cordova that surely contributed much to the accomplishment of the 3ID’s mission.

The successful implementation of the IPSP “Bayanihan” of 62IB under Lt. Col. Cordova’s leadership led to the declaration of 8 cities and 6 municipalities that comprises the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Legislative Districts of Negros Occidental, and the Lone District of Bacolod as Peaceful and Ready for Further Development which further led to the declaration of the whole Province of Negros Occidental as Peaceful and Ready for Further Development last June 10, 2015.

Lt. Col. Cordova expressed his thanks to the men and women of the 62IB as well as to the stakeholders of the battalion for the unwavering support which made him accomplished a lot of the unit’s tasks that greatly contributed to the accomplishment of 3ID’s mission.

On the other hand, Lt. Col. Cabugon on his assumption remarks said that he will pursue the best practices that were started and initiated by his predecessor. He will ensure that the gains in peace and development in the battalion’s area of operations will be sustained by working collectively and collaboratively with the stakeholders.

Under the sterling leadership of Lt. Col. Cordova, the 62IB implemented the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Organic Farming Training Program which was conceptualized by the 303rd Infantry Brigade in partnership with various stakeholders that benefited 184 farmer students in Toboso, Calatrava and Escalante City.

The Battalion also assisted 12 deserving students from Brgy Bato National High School and Sagay City National High School – Brgy Lope Jaena Extension, as scholars of the LIFE IN YOU Scholarship Program of the Unifier family.

The 62IB also involved in various programs and activities such as medical and dental civic action programs, feeding program to children in far flung barangays, humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations, Brigada Eskwela program, Alternative Learning System of DepEd, tree-planting activities, Youth Leadership Summit empowering the youth leaders, blood-letting activities, environmental protection and other socio-cultural activities in partnership and collaboration with the stakeholders who continue to work together with the Philippine Army in the spirit of Bayanihan in order to attain just and lasting peace.


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