BY:GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya is the new commander of the Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division based in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City.
Visaya filled his new post on Wednesday morning during formal assumption of command ceremonies presided by Philippine Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Noel A. Coballes who arrived at the camp by helicopter.
The arrival honors for Coballes included Eastern Mindanao Command commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo R. Cruz.
Coballes awarded the command plaque to Visaya before the reading of the designation orders and the assumption order which Visaya signed afterwards.
This was followed by the hand-over of the command symbol.
The event was attended by guests from the city government and the province of Misamis Oriental represented by Provincial Board member Bebeng Dumadag.
Visaya, previously, had been general officer-in-charge of the 4th Infantry Division when he took over from Maj. Gen. Nestor Anonuevo earlier this year.
Anonuevo is set to retire later this year.
Following the July 26 bombing in Cagayan de Oro which left 8 people dead, soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division have augmented the local police force in conducted checkpoints at strategic areas.
The military has also reportedly stepped up its intelligence gathering following the blast and another bombing that happened in Cotabato City last Monday in which 8 people were also killed.