The much-awaited promotion of Army Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander in Negros Occidental, to brigadier general has finally been approved, and took effect on March 21.
Aying, who has been commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade for almost two years, now joins other members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984, including his predecessor, Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, 4th Infantry Division commander, and Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who are now generals in the Philippine Army.
While Aying was promoted, Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, Assistant Division commander of 3ID, retired from the military service on April 4.
Patrimonio (PMA Class 1982), was given a testimonial parade on April 1 at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz, three days before he retired from the military service.
It was not determined yet if Aying will succeed Patrimonio as 3ID assistant commander to continue and finish his massive peace and development activities in Negros Occidental, which he has targeted to be declared as peaceful and ready for further development by June this year.
Aying and Lactao have been instrumental in the peace and development activities in the conflict=affected communities in Negros Occidental, through the effort also of Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. and the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit with Provincial Planning Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal as action officer.
Fourteen towns and cities in Negros Occidental have been declared as peaceful and ready for further development by the Philippine Army as concurred by their concerned local government executives, as of this time.
Col. Noel Buan, deputy of Aying, is reported to be among those being groomed to be the next 303rd Infantry Brigade commander. He also belongs to PMA Class 1984, and is a recipient of the Medal of Valor.