CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City -- President Benigno Aquino III has appointed the chief of Army's 1st Infantry Division, Major General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr. as the new head of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom).

Trinidad takes over the post of Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. who was promoted as Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982, he served as commander of the 14th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division initially based in Eastern Samar but was redeployed to Sulu from 2002 to 2003 at the height of AFP’s campaign against Abu Sayyaf and breakaway groups of Moro National Liberation Front.

In recognition of his efforts during the Zamboanga siege, he was conferred with the Philippine Legion of Honor with a degree of Commander during the 78th anniversary celebration of AFP.

He also became the Director of the Directorate for AFP Modernization and Director of the Army Modernization Program Management Office.

Units under his command at Nolcom include the Army 5th and 7th Infantry Divisions, Naval Forces Northern Luzon, and Air Force Tactical Operations Groups 1,2, and 3. (Homer Teodoro)