Army installs new ‘Tabak’ Division commander-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, July 3, 2014
THE Army’s First Infantry “Tabak” Division has a new commanding general.
This, as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has installed on Wednesday Brigadier General Gerry Barrientos as the new commander to lead the Army’s premier unit.
Barrientos has replaced Major General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., who was assigned almost a month ago as the commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom).
Acting Philippine Army commander Major General Romulo Cabantac Jr. has presided the turnover of command ceremony held at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an in the village of Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
The simple yet meaningful turnover of command ceremony was attended by key military and elected government officials.
Barrientos pledged to support the government’s peace process as well as vowed to uphold the respect for human rights.
Prior to his new assignment, Barrientos has served as the Assistant Division commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City.
Barrientos is not new to the region since he has served in the past as the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province.
He had also served as one of the deputies at the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in this city.
His areas of responsibility include the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Basilan and Zamboanga City.