Army installed new chiefs for Army Real Estate and Army Housing offices

    26 jul 18 AHO AREO Cover

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Brigadier General Roy T. Devesa AFP, Acting Chief of Staff, Philippine Army presided the Joint Change of Chief of Office Ceremony on 25 July 2018 at HPA Conference Room. Col. Anthony T. Cacayuran and Col. William L. Ilagan respectively assumes as new chiefs of Army Real Estate Office and Army Housing Office.#26 jul 18 AHO AREO 1

    CGPA attends the Founding Anniversary of the Army’s Premier Counter-Terrorist Unit

    19 june 18 Cover photo Visit at LRR

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila– Army Commanding General, Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista attended the 18th Founding Anniversary of Army’s Light Reaction Regiment (LRR) with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as Guest of Honor and Speaker last June 15, 2018 held at its Headquarters at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

    Army’s Light Reaction Regiment is the premier counter-terrorist unit of the Philippine Army trained and specialized for special mission. Due to spate violence brought about by the resurging terrorism in the country in early 2000, the AFP calls for the activation of a lean and compact unit design for rapid deployment. Hence, the Light Reaction Company (LRC) came into being that serves as the nucleus and forerunner of the current Light Reaction Regiment.

    Since its activation, the unit has been an integral part of AFP’s operation and proved its worth in numerous campaigns addressing the proliferation and violence perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf Group, MILF break-away faction and other threat groups mostly in southern part of the country. Notably, the unit played a key role during the Zamboanga siege in 2013 and in the recent Battle of Marawi in 2017.#

    19 june 18 Visit at lrr

    As part of the anniversary activities, the CGPA led the wreath laying ceremony to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the service of the country. Likewise, a simple ribbon- cutting ceremony of the newly constructed LRR Administrative Building and blessing of eight single motorcycles was graced by the CGPA. The highlight of the anniversary was the donning of ranks and awarding of LRR personnel involved in the liberation of Marawi by no less than the National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

    Army installs new officers to 3 vital posts

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army have installed new leaders for the Army Support Command, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of the Army Gender and Development last week, March 1 – 2, 2018.

    History

    about 1Years of Spanish rule, which dragged on to almost three centuries made the Filipinos restive. They were soon clamoring for reforms and an end to oppressive friar rule. In 1896, Andres Bonifacio founded the Katipunan to prepare his band of freedom loving Filipinos for armed revolt. The Katipunan formed the nucleus of the Revolutionary Philippine Army.

    Almost a year after the outbreak of hostilities between the Katipuneros and the Spanish troops, the Philippine Revolutionary Government and its Army were born on March 22, 1897 at Tejeros, San Francisco de Malabon in Cavite. General Artemio Ricarte was named Captain General of the Ejercito en la Republica de las Islas Filipinas or the revolutionary Philippine Army. This date marks the founding day of the modern day Philippine Army.

    On June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine Independence from Spain and formed the first Philippine Republic, in which he sat as its President. The Filipino troops were to enjoy only a brief respite from combat when American forces came in to establish rule in the islands by virtue of theTreaty of Paris, which Spain co-signed with America on 10 December 1898. The treaty ceded the Philippines to the United States.

    On February 4, 1899, the Filipino-American War erupted. Due to the superiority of American arms, the Filipinos fell from one position to another until they were forced to disband. Even after the official cessation of hostilities and as the Americans have established government in 1901, the Filipino revolutionaries continued their struggle for freedom. Between that time until 1935, the revolutionary army lost many of its cohorts in sporadic engagements with American troops, but never lost its cause.

    With the establishment of the Philippine Commonwealth on 15 November 1935, President Manuel Luis Quezon sought the services of General Douglas McArthur to evolve a national defense plan. Accordingly, Commonwealth Act No.1, popularly known as the National Defense Act was enacted into law, which paved the way to the birth of the new Philippine Army, which was only to be under the coat of the US Army. With an annual appropriation of 16 million pesos, it trained new Filipino members in defending the nation and protecting its people.

    When World War II broke out in 1941, two regular and ten reserve divisions of the Philippine Army undertook the defense of the Philippines. These divisions were incorporated into the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) under the command of General Douglas McArthur.

    After the war, four military areas were activated to take the place of military districts. The Armed Forces was reorganized which gave birth to the four major services of the Armed Forces. Headquarters National Defense Forces was renamed General Headquarters Armed Forces of the Philippines.

    In the early fifties and the mid-sixties, the Philippine government extended a helping hand to war-torn countries as part of its commitment as member of the United Nations. The army spared five battalions which comprised the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) to fulfill its pledge to uphold the struggle for democracy. The Philippine Civic Action Group to Vietnam (PhilCAGV) was sent to South Vietnam on a mission of peace, where army engineers helped build communities and army doctors and nurses provided medical services to the people.

    Under the leadership of Brigadier General Leoncio S. Tan the Philippine Army established its separate headquarters on 10 July 1957. The onset of the sixties ushered an expansion of the army's roles, which include participation in the socio-economic programs of the country, among others.

    To achieve greater flexibility and effectiveness, infantry divisions took the place of the military areas in the seventies. On 21 September 1972, the Martial Law era began. During the decade, military operations supported by civic action blocked the escalation of insurgency.

    The onset of the eighties saw the birth of the Special Operations Team (SOT) strategy which is aimed to isolate the insurgents from the civilian population, and dismantle the communist political organizations, neutralizing and denying them control of barangays all over the country.

    Aside from counterinsurgency campaigns, the SOT plays an additional role in national development. Together with local government officials, SOT identifies problems and helps provide assistance in areas that lack needed vital facilities and service like roads, bridges, schools, health and sanitation, livelihood, etc. Because of its effectiveness in quelling insurgency, this strategy is being adopted not only by the Army but by the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines.

    The Philippine Army, therefore, is not only the protector of the Filipino people but also a partner in nation building, true to its slogan, "At your service, across the land".

    Army continues to build its forces

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army continues to build its forces to better serve and aid in the peace and development efforts of the government.

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