AFTER a revamp, the Cagayan de Oro-based Fourth Infantry Division (4th ID) disclosed on Monday the names of its several key units' new officers.

The posts include the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7, the office concerned with the dealings of the division with the different stakeholders within its area of operation, such as the media, non-government organizations, government line units and communities, said Lt. Col Triumph Dominic G Bagaipo, 4th ID spokesperson.

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The new officials assumed office starting July 9. They were assigned to Civil Military Operations, Training and Education, together with the Commanding Officers of 58th, 36th, 30th, and 23rd Infantry Battalions.

"I feel happy hearing that these gentlemen spoke with confidence, experience and background." Major General Mario F. Chan, the Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, said in his remarks, referring to the speeches earlier delivered by the newly designated unit commanders.

"I felt that I made the right choice designating them in their respective positions." he added.

Before assuming his post as Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education, G8, Col Cresente O. Maligmat was the Commanding Officer of the 4th Division Training Unit.

The outgoing Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, Lt. Col. Erwin Rommel P. Lamzon, was reassigned to the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion in Placer, Surigao del Norte, while the outgoing Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education, G8, Lt. Col. Jose Manuel L. Mariano was sent to lead the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion stationed in Tago, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Rene R. Canete, the former Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7, now commands the 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion in Bislig City.

Lt. Col. Roberto A Valencia was the Battalion commander of 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion stationed in Placer, Surigao del Sur prior to his assignment as the Battalion Commander of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion, while Lt. Col. Benjamin S. Pedralvez, Commanding Officer, 4th Division Training Unit was with the 23rd Infantry Battalion stationed in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

Chan stressed the importance of the change of "players" of the Diamond Division as a need for improvement in strategies employed in continuing counterinsurgency.

"This is life in the military. Once in a while you would have to change players so as we can improve the way we do things. It is also a method wherein we are able to help our progress in their career: we make them experience both field and staff work so as they would become more effective officers now and they advance in their careers." Chan said. (PR)