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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who took part in liberating Marawi city in year 2017 now leads the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, after the change of command ceremony held here, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, succeeded Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, who now assumed as the commander of the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, based in Cebu City.

Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, who presided the ceremony thanked Maj. Gen. Ancan for the inspirational leadership and stalwart service which have made lasting impact on the Tabak Division and the people it serves.

Lt. Gen. Gapay also challenged the new commander to build on the gains of the 1ID for lasting peace and sustainable development.

“Let us be guided by our over-all direction, which is to sustain the momentum in capacitating the Army towards greater mission effectiveness”, said Gapay.

Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, during his speech, thanked the leaderships for the trust and confidence as well as the stakeholders of 1ID area of responsibility for the support during his stint.

While Brig. Gen. Ponio During his remarks, vowed to focus and gear towards the marching order for the AFP to be above all in efforts to end all the threats to national security by 2022.

“As the team captain of the Tabak Division, we must jell and develop a potent force capable of performing any kind of missions with varying degrees and capacities”, said Ponio.

“Whatever challenges lies ahead of us, be it in the communist insurgency, terrorism, climate change, nation building, territorial integrity preservation, let us rise on the occasion as best as we can”, Ponio added.

A Glimpse of the new Commander’s Profile:

Brig. Gen. Ponio is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence, training and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College; Senior Executive Course on National Security in Department of National Defense, National Defense College of the Philippines; and US Army Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.

Prior to his post, Ponio was the Deputy Commander for Operations of the Western, Mindanao Command, AFP.

He also served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade and commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, during and after the Marawi Siege which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Division for being accustomed to the sociological and security situation in the area and had already established “teamwork” for peace and development with local governments units.

Ponio also served as the commander of the 45th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division, based in Isabela province.

The battalion he commanded was then deployed to Maguindanao to help the Philippine Army restore normalcy in the troubled province which became popular because of the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people, where 30 of whom were journalists.

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