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NOLCOM, WESTMINCOM will have New Commanders


CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes LtGen Anthony J. Alcantara and MGen Noel A. Coballes as its new Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Commander respectively.
LtGen Alcantara will take over as the new Commander of NOLCOM which is currently being headed by General Officer-in-Charge, MGen Ricardo C. Banayat. Alcantara is the current The Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matapat” Class of 1979.
Alcantara assumed the position as TDCS, April 28 last year. Prior to this designation, he was the Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, Philippine Army in Central Mindanao. During his leadership in the 6ID, he ably led his Command in conducting security & stability operations in Central Mindanao especially during the aftermath of the infamous Ampatuan Massacre on November 2009, particularly the implementation of Martial Law & State of Emergency. These operations successfully led to arrests of those who were implicated in the massacre; resumption of Law and Order in entire area of responsibility; and the government machineries to go back to function.
Alcantara’s significant assignments include: Commander, Presidential Escort Battalion at PSG; Commander, 16th Infantry Battalion in Quezon Province; Commander, 702nd Brigade in Luzon; and Commander, Training and Doctrine Command of the Philippine Army. He finished his Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines and Development Management at Asian Institute of Management.
Meanwhile MGen Coballes is set to replace LtGen Raymundo B. Ferrer who will retire as the Commander of WESTMINCOM on January 23. Coballes currently serves as the 41st  Commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army. He is a member of the PMA “Mapitagan” Class of 1980.
Coballes is a seasoned combat officer who began his military profession as platoon leader of Delta Company, 26IB, 4ID, PA and spent most of his career under First Scout Ranger Regiment where he was honed and tested as a highly potential junior officer. His first tour of duty brought him to the jungles of Mindanao to where he fearlessly led his troops in their fight against insurgents and lawless elements.
Among the command duties which Coballes held are: Company Commander of Bravo and Charlie Companies of 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion; Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education, G8 of FSRR; Group Commander of Task Group Panther, FSRR; Battalion Commander, 2nd SRBn; Commanding Officer of Philippine Battalion, Peacekeeping Force, United Nations Transition Assistance to East Timor; Executive Officer of OJ3; Commanding Officer of 105th Infantry Brigade used to be under 1ID; Commanding Officer of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10ID; Regiment Commander of FSRR and General Officer in Charge of Special Operations Command.
“The AFP upholds its professionalism which has brought us into a more effective and competent military organization. We are likewise confident that LtGen Alcantara and MGen Coballes are more than able to take charge of their new tasks and responsibilities as they embark on a more sensitive position in the organization,” AFP Chief of Staff, LtGen Jessie D. Dellosa said.
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Created on Friday, 20 January 2012 14:01
Last Updated on , 30 November -0001 08:00
Published on Friday, 20 January 2012 14:01
Written by PAO, AFP
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