Malacañang has bared the names of new appointees to the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. designated Paz Benavidez II as an assistant secretary of the DA, which is currently headed by the Chief Executive himself.
Other newly appointed DA officials were Honorio Flameño, Fernando Flores, Maria Christine Inting, Roland Tulay who will be holding the Director IV rank, as well as Reynaldo Campomanes who will serve as Director III.
The President also filled up at least 26 posts in the military service. Maj. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II was named commander of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 4th Infantry Division; Maj. Gen. Ramon Guiang as vice commander of the PA; Brig. Gen. Pedro Balisi Jr. as assistant division commander of the PA’s Armor Division; and Brig. Gen. Luis Rex Bergante as commander of the PA’s Training and Command; and Brig. Gen. Marion R. Sison as division commander of the PA’s 3rd Infantry Division.
Brig. Gen. Rommel Tello was installed as the PA’s Inspector General; Col. Erwin Alea as commander of the PA’s 201st Infantry Brigade; Col. Peter Burgonio as commander of the PA’s Army Intelligence Regimen; Col. Maynard Camarao as commander of the PA’s 53rd Engineer Brigade; Col. Ferdinand Melchor dela Cruz as commander of the PA’s 501st Infantry Brigade.
Other newly appointed officials were Col. Eugene Mata who will be serving as commander of PA’s 502nd Infantry Brigade; Col. Arnel Jose Morada as commander of PA’s 803rd Infantry Brigade; and Col. Michael Samson as commander of PA’s 301st Infantry Brigade Brig. Gen. Teofilo Bailon Jr. assumes the post of Philippine Air Forces’ (PAF) Inspector General, Brig. Gen. Ronie Petinglay as wing commander of PAF’s 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing; Brig. Gen. Elpidio Talja as commander of PAF’s Air Force Reserve Command.
Col. Aldrin Annani was tapped as wing commander of PAF’s 250th Presidential Airlift Wing; Col. Juliano Llarenas as wing commander of PAF’s 15th Strike Wing, and Rey Bes as wing commander of PAF’s 355th Aviation Engineer Wing. Also included in the roster of new appointees were Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg as commander of Philippine Navy’s (PN) Naval Installation Command; Commodore Joe Anthony Orbe as commander of PN’s Naval Forces Southern Luzon; Commodore Alfonspin Tumanda Jr. as commander of PN’s Naval Installation Command; Rear Admiral Rommel Labrador as deputy commander of PN’s Naval Sea Systems Command. Col. Antonio Mangoroban Jr. takes over as commander of PN’s 3rd Marine Brigade and Col. Amado dela Paz as deputy commander of the AFP’s Western Command. The appointment papers of the military officials were signed on Feb. 14, the PCO said.