Friday, June 20, 2014

Major General Trinidad is New NOLCOM Commander

From the Website of AFP

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes the appointment of Major General Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad Jr. as the new Commander, Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM).

Maj. Gen. Trinidad will formally assume the position tomorrow, June 9 in a change of command ceremony to be held in Camp Aquino, Tarlac City. He will be replacing Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. who was appointed as the AFP Vice Chief of Staff last May 22.
During Lt. Gen. Catapang’s command, NOLCOM was able to successfully facilitate the Cordillera People's Liberation Army (CPLA) Closure-integration component under EO49 and AO18, and declared the provinces of central and northern Luzon insurgency-free.
NOLCOM's role in territorial defense likewise got a needed boost through Lt. Gen. Catapang’s efforts to push for the construction of littoral observation stations (LOS) to increase maritime domain awareness.

Maj. Gen. Trinidad on the other hand has been serving the AFP for more than 30 years now since he graduated the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1982.

He previously held the position of Commander, 1st Infantry Division, the Army’s primary anti-guerilla unit based in Camp Sang-an, Zamboanga Del Sur. Prior to this, Trinidad also served as the Battalion Commander of 14th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division initially based in Eastern Samar but was redeployed to Sulu Province from 2002-2003 at the height of the AFP’s campaign against the Abu Sayyaf Group and rogue MNLF elements.

He later became the Director of the Directorate for AFP Modernization, OJ9, GHQ and later Director, Army Modernization Program Management Office from 2005 to 2007 in charge of the implementation of the Modernization Projects.

Overall Ground Commander during Defense of Zamboanga

Among the significant responsibilities he held during his stint as 1ID Commander was being the overall ground commander of AFP and police units during the successful defense of Zamboanga City in last year’s Zamboanga Crisis.

In December 20, 2013, during the celebration of the AFP’s 78th Anniversary Day, Maj. Gen Trinidad received the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander) in recognition of his efforts during the Defense of Zamboanga.

Maj. Gen. Trinidad also took specialization courses and military training here in the country and abroad. He graduated the Executive Course on National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines, and the UN Peacekeeping Operations Course at Rhode Island, USA. He also took Masters in Business Administration at the De La Salle University.

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