By 1st Lt. Patrick A. Martinez
BUTUAN City – Col. Ferdinand Quidilla, the former inspector general of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, was installed as new commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, based at Barangay Bancasi, this city, February 28, this year.
The change of command was witnessed by key stakeholders, media practitioners and some officers and men of the Division.
Prior to his new assignment, Col. Quidilla was commander of the 74th Infantry Battalion in Quezon province, utilizing three major operations, such as the civil-military, combat and intelligence operations, resulting in significant reduction of in the number of NPA regulars, while contributing to the improvement of the status of living of the people in the area.
“Most of my previous areas of operation have challenged my leadership, managerial and commandership skills. Now, I am about to face a more challenging area, which is a national priority, the CARAGA region. To the key stakeholders here, I need your help in making our area a better and peaceful place for living,” Col. Quidilla said.
On the other hand, Col. Crescente Q. Maligmat, the outgoing brigade officer-in-charge, said the unit has proved his professionalism, as he was appointed by the Philippine Army last February 7, this year, replacing Col. Ronald Albano, the new adjutant general of the AFP.
He gained many successes in all operations on the ground, like the recovery of two AK47 firearms, the surrender of two NPA rebels, recovery of NPA logistics cache while overrunning five NPA camps and confiscation of illegally-cut logs, which were eventually turned-over to the DENR.
For his part, Major Gen. Nestro A. Añonuevao, the 4ID commander, congratulated Col. Maligmat for keeping the high standards of professionalism.
“You have contributed to the overall success of the Division and the Local Government Units in your area,” he stated.
To all the stakeholders, “you are very lucky for the new 402 brigade commander, whom we have chosen for his wisdom, as a seasoned officer of the AFP. Let us work together for achieving our dream to have a peaceful country conducive for sustainable development.” (1st Lt. Patrick A. Martinez, commanding officer, 42nd CMO Company, 4CMOBn, 4ID, PA and MinPressDev Member,asf)