Army and BAVI set livelihood and job opportunities for retiring soldiers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 10, 2020   •   203

The Philippine Army together with the Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) has set livelihood and job opportunities for retiring soldiers.

During their meeting on February 6, BAVI and the Philippine Navy’s Army Personnel Management Center (APMC) discussed job vacancies for retiring soldiers in their companies which include safety officers and farm managers.

“They are willing to hire the qualified retirees and retired soldiers provided they pass the hiring process,” according to the Philippine Army in a statement.

“BAVI also mentioned about poultry contract growing as small scale business opportunity for the soldiers who are about to bow out from the service,” the statement further reads.

APMC Director Col. Eliglen F. Villaflor said even retired soldiers can be great assets to any organization.

“Aside from the training, military schooling and other skills our army personnel acquired while in the service, our army soldiers are also very disciplined, loyal, and dedicated to the duty or task given to them,” he said.—AAC

Army provides assistance to Taal eruption-hit areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020

The Philippine Army provided assistance to residents in areas of Batangas and Cavite that are affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

The Philippine Army Headquarters sent around 20 military vehicles and 120 personnel to assist residents while units of the 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division and the 202nd Infantry “Unifier” Brigade are placed on red alert.

Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said medical teams, signal capabilities, and ready reserve units from the National Capital Region (NCR) are all on standby for further deployment.

“We assure the people that the Philippine Army is fully able and ready to help in this time of need. Along with our partner agencies, we will do everything we can and employ our capabilities to bring the affected families to safety,” he said.—AAC (with reports Lea Ylagan)

PH Army accuses NPA of violating ceasefire deal

Robie de Guzman   •   December 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is accusing the New People’s Army (NPA) — the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) — of violating the ceasefire agreement following reported attacks on government troops this week.

Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay called the attacks “senseless” and slammed its timing when the nation is celebrating the holiday season.

The Philippine government and the CPP declared a ceasefire beginning midnight on December 23, 2019 until January 7, 2020 as part of the possible resumption of the stalled peace talks between the two parties.

“We are one with the government and the people’s desire to a just and lasting peace in the entire country. In light of this development, other means of peaceful resolution such as localized peace talks need to be considered,” Gapay said in a statement

“We just hope that the CPP-NPA will not miss this opportunity by staging these senseless attacks, especially during a time when the nation celebrates the season of love, peace and unity,” he added.

The Army chief said separate attacks believed to have been perpetrated by the NPA were launched in Camarines Norte and in Iloilo just after the declaration of holiday ceasefire.

He said troops belonging to the 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company in Labo, Camarines Norte were on their way back to their base in observance of the Suspension of Military Operations when they were ambushed.

Minutes later, a police patrol vehicle was attacked using improvised explosive device in Tubungan, Iloilo.

The attacks left one soldier dead, and eight other security forces injured.

The CPP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines earlier insisted they have not violated the ceasefire deal, and assured to check the veracity of the reports on the supposed ceasefire violations.

DND welcomes appointment of Gapay as new PH Army chief

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2019

Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) has welcomed the appointment of Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay as the new commanding general of the Philippine Army.

In a statement, the DND noted that Gapay brings with him years of dedicated military service and leadership.

Gapay’s appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte was confirmed Wednesday by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Noel Clement.

Gapay, a member of the Philippine Military Class of 1986, will replace Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto who is set to retire on Friday, Dec. 6.

Prior to his appointment as Army chief, he headed the Southern Luzon Command which is primarily tasked with anti-insurgency operations.

He also led the military’s Mechanized Infantry Division and also served as deputy commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

He also headed the Joint Task Force Haribon in charge of securing Davao City areas after the 2016 Roxas night market bombing.

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