Change of command as 3 generals to retire

Posted on August 04, 2014

HALF of the six unified commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to be under new leadership as their respective commanders reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 this year.

In a phone interview, AFP Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala confirmed the leadership changes in its Western Command (WesCom) in Palawan, Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) in Lucena, Quezon, and Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in Davao.

WesCom is headed by Lt. Gen. Roy O. Deveraturda, SolCom by Lt. Gen. Ronnie F. Ordoyo and EastMinCom by Lt. Gen. Rainier G. Cruz III.

“They’re set to retire sometime by this month, August, or by September,” Mr. Zagala told BusinessWorld in a phone interview.

Both Mr. Cruz and Mr. Ordoyo are graduates of the 1980 class of the Philippine Military Academy while Mr. Deveraturda is a graduate of the Aviation Cadet Program of the Philippine Air Force Flying School in 1980.

Mr. Zagala said the Board of Generals has submitted a recommendation for new appointees to AFP Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang.

Aside from the three military groups, the AFP has three more unified commands -- the Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) in Tarlac, the Central Command (CentCom) in Cebu and the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) in Zamboanga. -- Alden M. Monzon