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New Commander of 903rd Brigade assumes post



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES Pili, Camarines Sur-      9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army Commander Brigadier General Ferdinand F. Quidilla officiated the Change of Command ceremony for the new commander of 903rd (Patriot) Infantry Brigade  at its headquarters in Barangay San Rafael,  Castilla, Sorsogon, December 26.

Col. Fernando T. Trinidad occupied the position left by Outgoing Brigade Commander Col Cesar M. Idio who will be assigned as Assistant Division Commander of 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army Based   at Camp Lukban Barangay Maulong Catbalogan in Samar. 

Col Trinidad who was assigned and hold various positions in different units in the Philippine Army including at the higher headquarters is not new for him the Bicol Region as he was assigned here   before in this division.

In the farewell message of Col. Idio, he extends his gratitude to all who were contributed a lot and provided support for the accomplishments of the mandated task of said brigade under his stint.

The Multi-sector Advisory Board (MSAB) of 903rd Brigade, the provincial governments of  Sorsogon and Masbate under the area of responsibility of this brigade, LGUs, NGOs and other stakeholders  had given him a special thanks for their untiring supports.

Col. Idio presented his five major area of accomplishments among others that the brigade has achieved during his incumbency as commander; 1. Pave well in Internal Security Operations (ISO) function had been instrumental in the neutralization of high ranking CPP/NPA/NDF leader in degrading the enemy armed capability in their area of responsibility, 2. Raised operational readiness of the unit most particularly in terms of equipment, facilities, training and maintenance readiness, 3. Active in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Operations and other development support task in able to respond for the requirements of the PDRRMC, 4. Recipient of the Army Governance pathway compliant status in the Army Transformation Raodmap (ATR) which show that keeping place with the transformation  timeline and 5. Uplifted the dignity, pride and camaraderie of the officers, men and women of the brigade due to continuous practice of the culture of the excellence.

He is hoping  that their pending task which is the MOA signing for the declaration of Sorsogon and Masbate  as Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development province  will be realized next year  not later than 1st quarter of 2016.

Brig. Gen. Quidilla also extends his gratitude to Col. Idio that as a commander of the said brigade he played a vital  role for the realization and accomplishments of the mandated task of the Philippine Army.

Col. Trinidad assured that he will continue the projects and programs being started by his predecessor which bring peace and success of this two provinces and other areas in the Bicol region.