ZAMBOANGA

1ID installs new 44IB commander

ZAMBOANGA. The Army’s 1st Infantry Division installed Monday, February 15, Lieutenant Colonel Filven Noche (right) as the new 44th Infantry Battalion commander, replacing Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo (left). A photo handout shows the two officials shaking hands as Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan (center), 1ID assistant commander, looks on. (SunStar Zamboanga)

LIEUTENANT Colonel Filven Noche, a Civil-Military Operations (CMO) expert, has vowed to sustain the gains of peace and progress that his predecessor has achieved.

Noche issued the statement after the Army’s 1st Infantry Division (ID) installed him Monday, February 15, 2021, as the new commander of the 44th Infantry Battalion (44IB), replacing Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, who is set to take a higher position in the 1ID.

Noche also pledged to continuously collaborate with stakeholders, likewise assert the importance of Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in its campaign against communist terrorists.

Major General Generoso Ponio, 1ID commander, said in a message that he is confident Noche will steer the 44IB to greater heights with his experience and leadership capabilities.

Ponio’s message was read during the turnover ceremony by Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., 1ID assistant commander.

Ponio congratulated and thanked Templonuevo for his accomplishments, specifically the dismantling of three fronts of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists.

“Lieutenant Colonel Templonuevo's accomplishments against CTG (Communist Terrorist Group) and other threat groups significantly contribute to making this province (of Zamboanga Sibugay) a secure and peaceful place to live in,” Ponio said.

Templonuevo expressed his gratitude to stakeholders and his troops for their support during his stint as the 44IB commander.

Ponio urged stakeholders to trust and support Noche to achieve his goal for a more peaceful and progressive Zamboanga Sibugay.

Noche is a graduate of Military Intel Officer Course and Infantry Officer Advance Course in the Training and Doctrine Command of the Philippine Army.

Noche completed his Command and General Staff Course in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Education, Training and Doctrine Command and a graduate of Masters in Development Management in Development Academy of the Philippines.

Early in his career, he was assigned as the platoon leader, operations officer, intel officer and as company commander of 44IB. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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