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BGen Quidilla Assumes as New 9ID Commander



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur –The new Commander of 9th Infantry Division of Philippine Army in Bicol assumed after a Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony of MGen Yerson E Depayso held at 9ID Grandstand presided by LtGen Eduardo M Año, Commanding General, Philippine Army this morning, October 29.

BGen Ferdinand M Quidilla took over the leadership of one of the best Philippine Army unit. MGen Yerson E Depayso, the outgoing Commander of 9ID will retire in military service on November 1 upon reaching the compulsory age requirement of 56 years old. He assumed as the 11th Commander of 9ID on August 9, 2013 and recorded numerous accomplishments during his stint as Commander.

He implemented the 9ID Campaign Plan “Anduyog” to degrade the armed capability of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC), break their will to fight and compel them to abandon the armed struggle in order to create an environment conducive to sustainable development in Bicol Region by 2016. Strong advocacy on strict adherence to human (HR), International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Rule of Law (ROL) was also implemented during the term of MGen Depayso as 9ID Commander.

In terms of programs for youth to become responsible citizens and catalyst in the development, 9ID under his Command conducted in collaboration with the different LGUs/LGAs facilitated the conduct of 32 Youth Leadership Summits with 5,737 participants from the different municipalities here in Bicol Region.

Good working relationship between the military and LGA, LGU, NGO and PO’s were improved where 9ID had indulged in numerous occasions with government employees and members of NGOs and POs. Medical and Dental Missions, Libreng Gupit, Feeding Program, Blood Letting, Gift Giving and Environmental Protection activities were also conducted in coordination with other stakeholders.

Numerous combat operations conducted by 9ID during his term resulted to the neutralization of 84 CTs including high value enemy personalities, recovery of 45 HPFAs, 31 LPFAs, 73 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), various war materiel, personal belongings and enemy documents of high intelligence value.

Four (4) provinces of Bicol Region were also declared as Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development (CMRD) during his stint as 9ID Commander, Catanduanes on November 26, 2015; Camarines Norte on January 21, 2015; Albay on April 23, 2015 and Camarines Sur on May 25, 2015.

Meanwhile, BGen Ferdinand F Quidilla, the new 9ID Commander is the former Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division stationed at Camp General Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.

He is a native of South Cotabato and took up his secondary Education at Notre Dame of Banga and pursued his tertiary Education at Feati University with the degree of Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Engineering and entered in Philippine Military Academy on April 01, 1979 and graduated from the “Most Premiere School in Asia“ belonging to the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class on March 11, 1983.

BGen Quidilla took-up military trainings, both local and abroad among these are: Scout Ranger Course; Basic Airborne Course; All Arms Commando Course in United Kingdom; Infantry Officer Basic Course; Signal Intel Course; Military Intel Officer Course; Seminar on Air Ground Operation CTW BAT DMGE ASSES in Philippine Air Force; Infantry Officer Advance Course; Command & General Staff Course in TRADOC, PA and FAO Seminar/Workshop in Finance Center, Philippine Army.

He is also a recipient of various awards in recognition to his unparalleled service such as; Bronze Cross Medals, Anahaw Award, Adjutant General Service Badge, Visayas Campaign Medal, February 86 Revolution Ribbon, Disaster Relief and Rehab Operation Ribbon, Parangal sa Kapanalig ng SLP Medal and Ribbon, Military Merit Medal and Letter of Commendations.

His previous key positions were: Commandant and Intel Operation Officer at 12RCDG ARESCOM in Mindanao; Operation Officer in PHILHSMET, INTERFET; S3 in PHBTFET, UNTAET; Acting Commanding Officer PHILCON PRU, GHQ & HSC; Battalion Commander of 74th Infantry Battalion, 2ID; Commander and Officer-In-Charge at 402nd Infantry Brigade in Mindanao; Inspector General and Assistant Division Commander of 4th Infantry Division in Mindanao.

Lt. Gen. Año, lauded Maj. Gen. Depayso being the prime mover to sustain the peace and development in the Bicol Region by intensifying its coordination with the stakeholders that limit the territorial area and weaken the influence of CPP/NPA/NDF.

The “Kilusang Larangang Girelya” 77 and 78 is now turned down to Kilusang Sangay sa Platon KSPN due to fall of top NPA leaders.

Under his leadership the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Albay and Camarines Sur were declared Conflict Manageable Area and Ready for Further Development and the remaining two provinces of Sorsogon and Masbate           soon to be declared.

LtGen Año, is confident that the new 9ID Commander will perform his duty at his best for the accomplishment of 9ID’s mission and of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole.