CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – A warm welcome greeted the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as Gen Benjamin Madrigal Jr visited Camp Evangelista, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army, this morning August 15, 2019.

Gen Madrigal, together with LTGen Felimon Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, MGen Reuben Basiao, J2, MGen Andres Centino, J3, and other Officers and personnel from General Headquarters, AFP were received by MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander, 4ID together with the Brigade and Battalion Commanders, Staff, Officers and personnel of the Cagayan de Oro based Division.

The visit was highlighted with the signing and launching of the book entitled ” Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC): The Community Initiatives and Transformation Program in Northeastern Mindanao”. It was officiated by no less than the Chief of Staff, AFP, Gen Madrigal together with LtGen Santos, Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño of NEDA-10 and MGen Gacal. The book highlights the Division’s significant role, contribution and collaborative initiatives with the LGUs, LGAs, and other significant stakeholders in operationalizing the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” through the flagship programs, Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) in Region – X and Peace and Development Zones (PDZ) in Caraga.

During his talk to the troops, Gen Madrigal expressed, “Being your Commander of the 4th Infantry Division was one of the highlights of my military career. I am truly proud of this division’s achievements while I was still its commander. While serving as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, I am also proud of your successful missions bringing our organization closer to our goals. The 4th ID has made significant accomplishments since I passed the responsibility of leading this division to then BGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal and have continuously contributed in achieving peace in its area of responsibility.”

MGen Gacal also said, “The 4th ID is very pleased to welcome once again and to be visited by its former commander, our current AFP Chief. Gen Madrigal steered this Division to greater heights during his stint.” “With the full support of the AFP, we assure Gen Madrigal that we will work harder and will go the extra mile in order for Regions 10 and CARAGA to attain long-lasting, inclusive and sustainable peace and development through the implementation and institutionalization of Executive Order 70,” Gacal ended.