10th ID names new battalion commanders in Cotabato, Davao del Norte provinces

Feb. 07, 2016

DAVAO CITY – Three Army battalions of the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division welcomed their new battalion commanders in series of turn-over ceremonies that were facilitated on February 3-4.

10th ID commander Major General Rafael Valencia presided over the change of command ceremonies in the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato and Davao del Norte.

The 27th Infantry (Action) Battalion based in Barangay Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato received its new commander, Lt. Col. Benjamin Leander, who replaced Lt. Col. Roland Jess Alcudia.

The 39th Infantry (Smash ‘Em) Battalion in Poblacion, Makilala, Cotabato also welcomed Lt. Col. Harold Argamosa as its new commander replacing Lt. Col. Apollo Lamaton.

Last February 4, the 60th Infantry (Mediator) Battalion in Camp Morgia, Barangay Doña Andrea, Asuncion, Davao del Norte also welcomed their new commander Lt. Col. Emmanuel Canilla replacing Lt. Col. Roberto Bunagan.

10th ID chief information officer Captain Rhyan Batchar said Lt. Col. Leander is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1995 and a native of Cainta, Rizal; Lt. Col. Argamosa is a member of PMA Class 1994 and from Pasay City; while Lt. Col. Canilla is also a member of PMA Class 1994 and hails from Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The 27th IB covers South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces, including the cities of General Santos and Koronadal; the 39th IB operates in the provinces of Davao del Sur, parts of Cotabato and Columbio, Sultan Kudarat; while the 60th IB covers the province of Davao del Norte and parts of Laak, Compostela Valley and San Fernando, Bukidnon.

During the turn-over ceremonies, Major General Valencia recognized the accomplishments of the three outgoing battalion commanders, and expressed gratefulness for their great contributions as stewards of their respective battalion towards the accomplishments of their unit’s mission in support of the overall campaign of 10th ID.

Valencia also challenged the newly installed battalion commanders to continue the momentum and to take the initiative in all undertakings of their units.

“The newly installed commanders bear not only the trust and confidence of the 10th Infantry Division but the hopes of all peace, security and development stakeholders, whom we have sworn to protect,” Valencia said. (davaotoday.com)

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