.... Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, said that Major General Joel P Ibañez has assumed as Commander of the 5th Infantry Division located at Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Upi, Gamu, Isabela....Ibañez, 53, was the former Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army based in Capas, Tarlac. He once commanded the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM), wherein he was instrumental in enhancing the training system of the POTC cadets, as well as the Army’s programs for the reservists. He also commanded the 1003rdBrigade in
led to the success of the Army's in Davao del Norte. As a young lieutenant, he
saw combat actions in
serving as Platoon Leader of Bravo Company and later on as Company Commander
under the 5th Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.
He also led the 74thInfantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry
Division operating in Mindanao . Ibañez is a proud member of the Southern
in School .
He hails from Talisay, Negros Occidental. He received numerous awards such as
the Distinguished Service Star, Military Merit Medals and several campaign
medals and ribbons. ,