New Army Commander in Central Luzon assumes command
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – A new Army Commander in Central Luzon assumes command today in a Turn-Over and Change of Command Ceremony presided by Army Chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel T Bautista at about 9:30 a.m. at the 7th Infantry Division headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, an Army official said.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, said that Brigadier General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr. assumed the post of Division Commander, replacing Major General Allan Luga who was earlier installed as Commander of the Southern Luzon Command.
Prior to this new post, Catapang was the Commander of the Army’s 703rd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, and the Military Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Strategic Assessment in the Department of National Defense.
Apart from his combat duties as Commander of the 703rd Brigade, he also led campaigns against climate change by proposing a climate change adaptation summit.
He also served as the Chief of Unified Command Staff, Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) in 2005, and commanded the 28th Infantry Battalion and the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division in 2000.
In the 1980s, Catapang fought insurgents and Muslim secessionists in Mindanao as the Platoon Leader of Bravo Company, 39th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.
After which, he led the Charlie Company, 69th Infantry Battalion, as well as the 9th CAA Company of the 7th Infantry Division in Luzon.
Catapang is one of the Army officers whose designation was approved by President Benigno S Aquino III on September 8, 2012.