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    Military planes/boats to transport relief goods for Marawi displaced persons

    Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City - May 30, 2017 On the 7th day of crisis in Marawi City,

    local government units and other sectors of society also took heed to the growing number of displaced persons in the different evacuation centers and shelters by sending relief goods and other forms of aid. Zamboanga City Government was among the first of the Local Government Units to contact Western Mindanao Command for the possibility of transporting relief goods donated by Zamboanguenos to Marawi city displaced persons who are in about 24 evacuation centers. A Navy boat will ferry the 300 sacks of rice, 55 cartons of sardines and 50 cartons of noodles anytime today (May 30). The relief goods were turned-over by Mayor Beng Climaco of Zamboanga to WestMinCom through the Chief of the Unified Command Staff, Colonel Reyeg and the Unified Command Staff for Civil Military Operations, U7 Lieutenant Colonel Joel Mamon at Camp Navarro, 8pm last night. "In behalf of the People of Zamboanga, we are turning over these relief goods to WestMinCom to be transported for the people of Marawi," says Mayor Beng Climaco of Zamboanga City. "It was our decision to immediately send help on the first day the conflict broke out because we can feel and understand what the people of Marawi are going through." "We have also been in the same experience some years ago (referring to the Zamboanga siege in 2013), and we know it is never easy," she adds. The truckload of goods were brought at the Navy headquarters last night, to be loaded by soldiers on a navy vessel that is set to sail today for Iligan. "The travel would take about 22 hours from Zamboanga to Iligan," says Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. "We expect these goods to arrive by Wednesday noon time." "CEOs of big companies from Manila have also contacted me expressing their intention of sending a C130 load of relief goods for Marawi IDPs." "We are more than willing to be of assistance as long as it is for the good of humanity," the WestMinCom chief adds. "We will also assess which evacuation centers have not received enough relief goods so that we can also balance the distribution, of course this will be done with the help of the government agencies concerned." 

    Army installs new commander of 10ID

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army installed a new commander of the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) in a Change of Command Ceremony held in Camp General Manuel T. Yan Sr, Bgry. Tuboran, Mawab, Compostella Valley on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

    Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement replaced Maj. General Rafael C. Valencia as commander of the 10ID during the Change of Command Ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Glorioso V. Miranda, Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

    Clement is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

    Clement started his military career as a Platoon Leader under the 44th Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in 1985. He is a seasoned operations officer and commander, having held this post in various units in the past. During his stint under the Presidential Security Group (PSG), he served as the commanding officer of the Presidential Guards in 2002. He also served as the commanding officer of the 56th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division in 2004 and the 602nd Brigade, 6th Infantry Division in 2014. Prior to his current post, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3 at the General Headquarters, AFP in 2016.

    Clement is also a recipient of numerous awards such as two Bronze Cross Medals and four Distinguished Service Stars.

    On the other hand, Valencia has been promoted as the new Inspector General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

    Valencia is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maharlika” Class of 1984. He is also a holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He was the Chief of Staff of the 10th Infantry Division in 2008, the 3rd Infantry Division in 2011, and the Philippine Army in 2014 prior to his designation as the commander of the 10th Infantry Division in 2014.#

    Meet the 2nd Signal Battalion's Podiuke' (Magic Podium)

    It’s “Podiuke.” The word sounds estranged and can never be found from any dictionary written on earth. It has no meaning but a mere word that best describesan electronic equipment created to address the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs of every tactical unit of the Philippine Army.

    Army Signal Regiment Strengthens Commitment to Army Transformation

    Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City — Geared to attain the Philippine Army’s vision to be a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028, the Army Signal Regiment has further strengthened its commitment to Army’s journey towards genuine reform and transformation.

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