Assumption speech of LTGEN REYNALDO B MAPAGU AFP
As the 52nd Commanding General , Philippine Army
Change Of Command Ceremony, Philippine Army
HPA Grandstand Fort Andres Bonifacio Metro Manila
121000H MAR 2010
By the Grace of the GREAT ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE, humbled by His
blessings, I now take on my post as the 52nd Commanding General of the
Philippine Army, keeping in mind a passage from the Gospel according to
John, Chapter 5, Verse 30, and I quote "I can do nothing on my own
authority; I judge only as God tells me, so my judgement is right;
because I am not trying to do what I want, but only what He who sent me
Let me express my profound
gratitude to the people behind my designation - of course, special
mention goes to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the
Honorable Secretary Norberto Gonzales, and the members of the Board
Generals (to include the former Chief of Staff, Gen Victor Ibrado) for
their trust and confidence.
I. The Army Vision
The Army is an organization beaming with pride and tradition. It thrives
on excellence. As it performs its fundamental mandate to protect the
people and safeguard our democracy. It moves on the basis of national
policy. At its most basic, the strength of the Army is contained in the
continuity of its mission. And as such, this leadership, my leadership,
will continue on pursuing the collective vision of the 80,000 - strong
Team Army that was set forth fifteen years ago, that is, to achieve "a
Professional, Capable and Responsive Army that is a Source of National
So much has been accomplished in pursuit of this vision and credit is due
to the former Army commanders who have steered the Army to what it is
today. I shall remain committed toward the attainment of this vision and
equally committed to pursue our mission to protect the people and the
state and fulfill our role to attain peace and development for our
The Philippine Army under my watch will be an Army that is focused on
achieving results. Everyone must act. Every soldier must stay on course
and feel the same sense of urgency. And every Army man and woman must
strive to accomplish their respective jobs. Because the people expect us
to perform; because the government expects all of us to contribute;
because the nation expects us to accomplish our mandate, and we will
never fail them!
First, we shall continue to work for the attainment of a truly
Professional Army. In accordance with the high degree of standard that
we have set of ourselves, we shall continue to improve the individual
and collective competence of the Army and instill in every soldier his
or her responsibility to the service and the larger Philippine society.
To be able to do this, we shall continue to institutionalize the kind of
discipline that the military is known for, among our troops. We shall
strictly abide by our standards of discipline and codes of conduct. We
shall ensure that the Army soldier imbibes and lives by the basic tenets
of military discipline and protection of human rights. We shall always
be ready to provide our services 24/7, across the country. We shall
strictly observe meritocracy to ensure that positions, schooling, and
promotions are obtained by the most competent and hard working soldiers
and that equal opportunity and consideration is given to everyone
Second. We shall continue to Enhance our Capabilities. Aside from
performing our traditional role of fighting the enemies of the state,
the Army has now evolved and is in fact, greatly involved in the
performance of, the otherwise, non-traditional roles of humanitarian
assistance, disaster response, and development support. In line with the
Philippine Defense Reform and our continuing Capability Upgrade
Programs, we will work to sustain the requirements and the readiness of
our troops and units through continuous professional development
training and the provision of mission-essential requirements of our
troops in the front lines.
Third. We shall endeavor to meet and if possible, even exceed our
stakeholders' expectations from all of us. We shall remain responsive to
the needs of our people and prepare ourselves to perform emerging roles
in response to changes in our operational environment and in support to
the goals and objectives of Higher Headquarters and the national
The dynamic participation of all our team members shall enable us to
confidently and sincerely deliver our services to the people, especially
in times of natural and man-made calamities, as well as assist in the
delivery government services. In turn, we solicit the support and
involvement of the local government units, the other agencies of
government, and the other sectors of society, so that we can all work
together for our shared aspirations for peace and development for our
country and people.
And fourth, We promise to be an Army that is a Source of National Pride.
We will do our best and work together to become an Army that our people
can depend on and can truly be proud of.
II. Continuation of the programs
In line with the direction of my predecessors, to include Generals
Ibrado, Yano and the other Army commanders before them. I shall ensure
the continuity of the initiatives that they have put in place and
pursued with earnest commitment.
In commit only my best toward the sustained and vigorous pursuit of our
ongoing thrusts and programs. As Generals Esperon and Tolentino have
addressed the capability and readiness requirements of our rifle squads;
General Yano on the requirements of individual soldiers; and General
Ibrado on building the capabilities of our platoons, companies, and
higher echelons- I will now focus on putting all these programs together
to fully address the needs of our foot soldiers, and enhance collective
and unit capabilities across all levels and echelons of command.
III. Team Army: " At your service across the land"
To the Filipino people, rest assured that your ARMY will always be at
your service whenever and wherever needed. We will always be ready to
protect your lives, your rights and liberties, and your way of life,
true to Team Army's collective and perpetual commitment to be "At your
service across the land."
To all members of Team Army, let us commit ourselves to our
organizational vision to become a truly professional, capable and
responsive Army that is a source of pride for our country and people.
To our new Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, GeneraL
Bangit, sir, I assure you that I shall continue to pursue and implement
the programs you have started and make sure that our gains are in
consonance with the thrusts and priorities of the AFP leadership. My
predecessor General Bangit has a set high standard for the contributions
he has made. He shaped the Philippine Army an "ACE" of a FORCE by
pursuing the Army's Concern for Engineering; by strengthening the Army's
Concern for the Environment; by raising the Army Combat Efficiency; and
projecting the Army as and Advocate for Credible Elections. He is an ACE
of a Commanding General, and I will make sure that his contributions
will continue under my watch.
Needless to say, the whole Team Army wishes our new Chief of Staff the
best, as he leads Team AFP towards the fulfillment of our national
security goals. For our part, rest assured that we shall persevere to
fully accomplish our internal security operations mandate to reduce
insurgency to inconsequential level across the country. We shall
endeavor to ensure an orderly, peaceful, and more importantly, honest
and credible national and local elections this coming May.
We will do all these so that our country and people can now focus on the
more urgent goal of national development and economic prosperity.
In closing, let me once again thank all of you for coming to witness
this momentous occasion. Kayo ang aking inspirasyon upang lalo ko pang
pagbutihin at pag-ibayuhin ang aking pagsisikap na maglingkod sa ating
bayan at mamamayan. At nangangako ako sa inyong lahat na hindi ko kayo
Mabuhay ang Team Army! Mabuhay ang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas!
Mabuhay tayong lahat!