CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Colonel Maurito L Licudine assumes leadership of the 402nd Infantry “STINGERS” Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army as the new Brigade Commander in a change of command ceremony conducted at Headquarters 402nd Infantry Brigade in Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at around 10:00 o’clock in the morning.
Prior to his assumption, Col Licudine was the Deputy Brigade Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade based in Agusan del Sur. He is now the 33rd Commander who will lead the 402nd Brigade on its campaign in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island.
In his assumption speech, Colonel Licudine stated, “I am accepting the challenge to lead the brigade without any mental reservation.” The new commander further emphasize, “Unity is strength, when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved. With our collaboration efforts with the LGUs, government agencies and other sectors of society, we can finish the fight and I look forward to working with you all.”
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Gacal the outgoing Brigade Commander said, “Let me express my deepest gratitude to the men and women of 402nd Bde and the units under its supervision for the crucial support to my leadership. I leave with peace knowing that we have done good and innovative approaches and we certainly made a difference towards peace and development in our area of responsibility. I take great pride to have served 402nd Bde but I leave you the great challenge to carry on our peace and development efforts.” Brigadier General Gacal was co-responsible in the establishment of Peace and Development Zones in CARAGA, a breakthrough initiative that focuses all development efforts in Conflict Affected Areas (ConAAs) with an end view of ending insurgency thru whole of nation approach. He now leads the 4th Infantry Division of the Army.
The presiding general, Eastern Mindanao Commander of the AFP Major General Felimon T. Santos Jr in his speech commended the 402nd Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General Gacal for its accomplishments in various combat, civil military and security operations and support to law enforcement. He also congratulated Colonel Licudine for being selected to lead and command the excellent brigade. “Duties and responsibilities demand your full commitment in the furtherance of our campaign objectives, they also entail strengthening and intensifying our partnership and collaboration with all our stakeholders, I trust your caliber in bringing peace, security and progress in CARAGA region.” Major General Santos Jr. quoted.