CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Joint Task Force Negros Commander Brigadier General Eric Vinoya has assumed the post of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID) during the change of command ceremony held here Tuesday, November 12.

BGen Vinoya who also served as 3ID’s Assistant Division Commander took over the helm of the said Army Division as Acting Commander, replacing MGen Dinoh Dolina who will bow out of the military service on November 14 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto, Commanding General of the Philippine Army was the Presiding General Officer during the change of command ceremony, which was attended by the local government officials, stakeholders, the media friends, field commanders and men and women of the 3ID.

In his message, BGen Vinoya underscored the importance of intensified stakeholder engagement in its peace and development efforts in Central and Western Visayas. He encouraged all Spearhead Troopers to sustain the gains that the Joint Task Force Negros and Joint Task Force “SPEAR” have achieved.

“All of these efforts should be done through the implementation of Executive Order (EO) Number 70 or the Institutionalization of the Whole of Nation Approach and the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-ELCAC,” said Vinoya.

He challenged the local chief executives who are the chairmen of the Local Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (LTF-ELCAC) to take the lead and be at the forefront in ending the insurgency in their respective locality. “I do believe that good governance is the key in ending the insurgency,” he emphasized.

The newly-installed Acting Commander also encouraged different government agencies to do their part and be the Army’s partners in fighting the insurgency to achieve genuine peace and development that everyone’s been longing for.

Further, he called on to the remaining members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist to abandon armed struggle and return to the folds of the law, enjoy the government services and live a normal life together with their loved ones.

Meanwhile, General Alberto expressed his full trust and support to BGen Vinoya for he believed that the latter’s accomplishments in the previous divisions are testaments to his competence and diverse capability to lead the 3ID.

Alberto challenged Vinoya to sustain the momentum of the peace campaign that the 3ID has gained.

He called on the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian workforce of the 3ID to always adhere to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. “Regard your new leader with the same respect and support you have extended to your former commanders,” he added.

Before he was assigned at 3ID, BGen Vinoya served as the 28th Commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade that facilitated the declaration of the province of Bukidnon as Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development.

Vinoya also held various significant staff positions in the 4th Infantry Division and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He honed his leadership and managerial skills through his military education and training both local and abroad. He took up his Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA; United Nations Military Observer Course in Ontario, Canada; International Counter-Terrorism Fellows Program at Fort McNair, Washington D.C, USA; Basic Airborne Course and Infantry Officer Basic Course, both from Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); and Intelligence Officer Course at the Special Intelligence Training School, ISAFP.

The newly-installed Acting Commander is a recipient of various awards that include an Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Star Medals, Gawad sa Kapayapaan Medal, Meritorious Achievement Medal, Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Cross Medal, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medals, Military Merit Medals both for Combat and Administration, Military Commendation Medals and numerous plaques and commendations.