Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, Commanding General Philippine Army
hands over the Command Flag to the incoming commander of
8ID, Maj. Gen. Pio Q. Diñoso AFP during the Turnover of
Command Ceremony on July 5, 2019 at 8ID Grandstand.
assumes as 21st 8ID Commander
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 11, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – Maj. Gen. Pio Q. Diñoso III AFP has formally assumed his
post as Commander of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army during the Change of Command Ceremony held at the
unit’s Headquarters in Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City on July 5,
2019, over a month ahead of the compulsory retirement of his
Maj. Gen. Diñoso takes the
helm of 8ID from the outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio
who will be retiring on August 9, 2019 from the military service
after serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines for more than
The Change of Command
Ceremony was presided by Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the
Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) and was witnessed
by Lt. Gen. Noel S. Clement, Commander, Central Command, Armed
Forces of the Philippines; Lt. Gen. Gerald Galileo R. Kintanar Jr,
former Commanding General of Philippine Air Force; Maj. Gen. Dinoh
A. Dolina AFP, Commander, 3ID; Maj. Gen. Byron H. Calimag AFP,
Commander, Army Support Command; Brig. Gen. Alberto S. Desoyo,
Commander, 301st Infantry Brigade; Brig. Gen. Ignacio B. Madriaga
AFP, Commander, 302nd Infantry Brigade; Commodore Dorvin Jose L.
Legaspi AFP, Commander, Naval Forces Central; Brig. Gen. Simeon Z.
Felix, Jr, AFP, Wing Commander, Tactical Operations Wing Central;
Police Maj. Gen. Rolando Felix, Director, Director for Integrated
Police Operations (DIPO) - Visayas; Police Brig. Gen. Dionardo B.
Carlos, Eastern Visayas Police Director; Police Col. Dante P.
Novicio, Acting Provincial Director, Samar Police Provincial Office;
and the members of the Presiding General Officer’s Party – Brig.
Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos AFP, and Brig. Gen Alfredo A. Soriano
AFP; and some members of PMA’s “Sandiwa” (1985) and ”Maringal”
(1988) Classes (both active and retired) and their ladies where
Major General Farnacio and Major General Diñoso belongs
Also in attendance were
Hon. Michael T. Tan, Vice Governor, Province of Samar; Dir. Yahyah
Centi, Regional Director DOLE RO8; Ms Rebeca Baluguis, OIC, TESDA
RO8; Hon. Don L. Abalon, Municipal Mayor of San Roque, NSamar; Rod
Lawrence Suan, Former Mayor of Alllen, NSamar; members of 8ID Press
Corps; other Local Chief Executives; Stakeholders; and other guests
from the private and public sectors.
“Leading 8ID in Eastern
Visayas is a great challenge, but you will not carry the burden
alone because you have men and women who are professional and
capable to join you in this journey. Congratulations Maj. Gen.
Diñoso on your latest designation and I wish you the best of luck,”
Maj. Gen. Fanacio’s message before relinquishing his post to Maj.
Gen. Diñoso. Maj. Gen. Farnacio volunteered to vacate his post to
allow a new leadership to take root until his formal Testimonial
Retirement Ceremony at Headquarters Philippine Army on the 9th of
“If this is really a
hardship assignment, then I came to the right place…The insurgency
situation here in Region 8 or elsewhere where there are many NPA
rebels, is just an indicator of how we, in government, deliver
public service. On the NPA rebels, I see them not as enemies but as
victims, victims whom we have to rescue. We have to get them out of
the predicament they are entrapped in,” Maj. Gen. Diñoso emphasized.
Lt. Gen. Macairog S.
Alberto AFP, Commanding General of the Philippine Army commended and
congratulated Maj. Gen. Farnacio for the successful accomplishments
of 8ID under his leadership. Likewise, he challenged Maj. Gen.
Diñoso to prevail upon and continue the pursuit for lasting peace
and development in Eastern Visayas.
Maj. Gen. Pio Q. Diñoso
AFP previously served as the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for
Logistics, J4 prior to his designation as the 21st Commander of 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division.