Sunday, February 26, 2012

Aquino designates new Armed Forces officials

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III has made another round of designations in the Armed Forces, including the head of the military’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

Commodore Cyril Carlos, outgoing commander of the Naval Forces Central, will head the office that advises the AFP chief on matters of public bidding especially for major procurement projects.
The PMA class of 1980 member will replace Maj. Gen. Nestor Sadiarin (PMA class 1977), who is due to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Monday.
Carlos also served as deputy commander of the Navy's Philippine Fleet, commander of the Philippine Fleet's Patrol Force, commander of the Naval Education and Training Command, and deputy commander of the Naval Forces Central.
Meanwhile, Col. Oscar Lopez (PMA class 1981) has been designated as the new chief of the AFP Management and Fiscal Office. He replaces Brig. Gen. Honorato delos Reyes (PMA class 1980) who retired last Feb. 11. 
Lopez is the outgoing commander of the Army's 803rd Brigade.
"As Chief (of the) MFO, Col. Lopez will be responsible in disbursing funds to major fields and line units of the AFP," said Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos
Col. Galileo Gerard Kintanar (PMA class 1985) was also designated as the new chief of the AFP Office of Strategic and Special Studies. Burgos said this office is "a major think tank of the AFP on national, regional and strategic issues."
Kintanar, the outgoing Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans, will replace Brig. Gen. Ernesto Aradanas (PMA class 1979) who retired from the service last Feb. 23.
On the other hand, Col. Joselito Reyes (PMA class 1985) will be sitting as a member of the Department of National Defense-Bids and Awards Committee. The office is in charge of acquiring needed equipment and hardware under the AFP's Modernization Program.
Reyes, the outgoing chief of unified command staff of the Northern Luzon Command, is replacing Col. Ernesto Benitez (PMA class 1982) who retired last Feb. 4.
Burgos said they have not received news as to who will succeed Carlos, Lopez, Kintanar and Reyes.
In a statement, AFP chief Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa said: "The AFP will continue to institute positive changes and necessary adjustments for the betterment of the organization.”
"I am very confident that the new set of designations will spur further improvement and contribute significantly in enabling military institution to be more responsive and relevant in serving the Filipino people and fulfilling its constitutional mandate to the nation," he added.
Aquino has yet to appoint the AFP deputy chief of staff, the third highest post in the military. 
Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara left the post on February 6 when he assumed as the Northern Luzon Command chief.
"Its hard to say. The call is not with us. It’s theirs (Malacanang)…There is already a recommendation (by the AFP Board of Generals) and we are still waiting for the designation,” Burgos said of the delay. 
Posted at 02/26/2012 5:24 PM

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