chief MGen Jet Velarmino as presiding officer, hands over the
symbolic flag to the 803rd Brigade outgoing commander during the
turn-over ceremony held at headquarters Camp Sumoroy, Catarman,
803rd Brigade in
Northern Samar has new Commander
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 9, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A former Deputy Brigade Commander has assumed the post of
the Army's 803rd Infantry (PEACEMAKER) Brigade during the turn-over of
command ceremony held on September 8, 2015 at Camp Somoroy, Brgy
Dalakit, Catarman, Northern Samar.
Colonel Mario G. Lacurom
replaced Brigadier General Herminigildo C. Aquino who has been
appointed as the Assistant Superintendent of Philippine Military
Academy (PMA) in Baguio City.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division presided the
turn-over of command which was attended by the local government
officials of Northern Samar headed by its Governor Hon. Jose L. Ong
Jr., Col. Dinoh A. Dolina, Commander 802nd Brigade, PNP officials
headed by PSSupt Daniel C. Mayuni, Provincial Director NSPPO, Civil
Society Organizations, partners and stakeholders of the Brigade, the
media, friends, Army's field commanders and the men and women of the
In his message, Col Lacurom
recognized the significant milestone of Northern Samar after the
province was declared as Manageable Conflict Affected and Development
Ready this year and confident to push Northern Samar as Insurgency
Free province by urging the support from the stakeholders so that just
and lasting peace will be realized.
Col. Lacurom further vowed
to continue to support the initiatives of the local government units
and closely collaborate with the stakeholders in line with the AFP
Internal Peace and Security Plan "Bayanihan".
"This is a blessing to me
from God and I am inspired for this designation and ready to face the
challenges as I recalled my time when I was a Battalion Commander in
Southern Leyte and now a Brigade Commander in Northern Samar is indeed
a challenge in my life", Lacurom added.
Meanwhile, Major General
Velarmino congratulated Brigadier General Aquino for a job well done
during his stint as the Brigade Commander as the unit was conferred as
initiated status of genuine transformation and reform thru Governance
Strategy and Management and Col Lacurom for being selected to head the
"Perform the given task at
hand and put your heart into it, if we are truly committed then we are
capable and competent as leaders of our men and our subordinates will
trust us and give us their full support and cooperation", Velarmino