From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 16): Military official confirms expansion of AOR in North Cotabato
A top military commander confirmed the expansion in the area of responsibility
(AOR) of the 10th Infantry Division to include six municipalities and one city
in North Cotabato effective March 1.
Speaking at the Hermes Club Press Forum held Friday at the Waterfront Insular
Hotel here, Major General Ariel Bernardo, commander of the 10th Infantry
Division said the plan had been approved by the national headquarters of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines and would cover areas where communist rebels are
He said part of the forthcoming changes will be that the 6th Infantry
Division will be placed under the Western Mindanao Command.
”The rationale of the plan is for Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) to
handle the Southern Philippines secessionist group to include the core territory
of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the new political entity of the
autonomous region, while the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) with the 4th
Infantry Division and 10th Infantry Division will handle the areas affected by
the communist movement,” Bernardo said.
He said he proposed to get the municipalities of Tulunan, Makilala, Magpet
depending on the number of troops to be given to the 10th ID.
Bernardo said the 10th ID needs additional troops to handle these areas.
He earlier suggested to the 6th ID to give focus more on the areas with the
presence of communist rebels now that the areas under the MILF are getting more
peaceful with the ceasefire holding given the impending signing of the final
Bernardo cited the need for soldiers to be present on the boundary areas
where enemy forces are concentrated.
The 10th Infantry Division is the youngest division of the Philippine Army
operating primarily in Davao Region and portions of Sultan Kudarat, South
Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City.