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Change of command ceremony up


A CHANGE of command ceremony has been scheduled by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the top position of its Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).
Westmincom information officer Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said the change of command ceremony will be held Saturday as Wesmincom chief Lieutenant General Raymundo Ferrer is bowing out from the military service two days before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Ferrer, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Masikap” Class of 1977, will be 56 on Monday, January 23.
Cabangbang said Ferrer will be replaced by Army's 1st Infantry Division commander Major General Noel Coballes, a member of PMA of 1980.
The 1st Infantry Division, based on Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, is one of the operating units under Westmincom.
Ferrer's most notable achievement is the Presidential Legion of Honor Award, which he received for his “meritorious and valuable service” in the conduct of Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” operations as the Westmincom chief.
Ferrer is also a recipient of numerous military awards, including Distinguished Service Stars, Bronze Cross Medals, Military Merit Medals, and Military Commendation Medals.
Westmincom, under Ferrer's leadership, was able to put in the bar of justice 349 personalities who are wanted by the government, including those who surrendered and those who were apprehended; recovered 241 assorted firearms and 21 Improvised Explosive Device; and seized 19 enemy camps.
The AFP rendered last Monday a testimonial parade and review at the parade grounds of Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in honor of Ferrer.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Bong Garcia - Sun Star Zamboanga

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