Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gen Dellosa Receives Philippine Legion of Honor, PNoy Presides Change of Command Ceremony

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Gen Dellosa Receives Philippine Legion of Honor, PNoy Presides Change of Command Ceremony

Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:53
Written by PAO, AFP
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Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—Known as a people-centered military officer, General Jessie D Dellosa proved his mettle as the outgoing Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This will be highlighted by the Philippine Legion of Honor in the degree of Chief Commander that will be awarded to him during the Testimonial Review and Change of Command Ceremony tomorrow, January 17, for his “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service rendered” as AFP’s Chief of Staff.

The award will cite Gen Dellosa’s competence and leadership in leading the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan where he rallied the AFP in sustaining gains in internal security operations; community building and development; organizational reform; support to peace process; territorial defense; and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Dellosa held AFP’s top post for more than a year after assuming office on December 12, 2011. He will be reaching his mandatory retirement age on Sunday, January 20.

President and AFP Commander in Chief Benigno Aquino III will preside the Testimonial Review in honor of General Dellosa that will be followed by the Change of Command Ceremony where the outgoing 43rd Chief of Staff will formally relinquish the command to Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

As compared to last year’s AFP Anniversary Celebration and previous Change of Command ceremonies, the activity set at the AFP Grandstand will be simpler.

The motorized contingent and sky diving exhibition were shelved, along with the assets and capability demonstration. Six battalions coming from the National Capital Region will participate in the ceremony. The Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army will be the only AFP unit outside National Capital Region to join the parade. This makes the parading troops 50% less compared to AFP Day’s 12 battalions. Unlike in the past AFP Days and Change of Command Ceremonies, cadets from the Philippine Military Academy and Officers Candidate School will not form part of the parading elements. These are all aimed in making the event simple.

“Although the Testimonial Review has been a long held military tradition to pay homage to retiring military leaders for their selfless service to the AFP, this honor is still dedicated to the whole military organization and our soldiers who supported, trusted, and believed in my visions for the AFP,” Gen Dellosa said.

“I waived some spectacular activities in the Testimonial Review and Change of Command Ceremony to show that the limelight of this event belongs to the soldiers, civilian employees, and all our partner agencies and private individuals in our quest for lasting peace and sustainable development,” Gen Dellosa added.

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