From the Philippine Information Agency (Feb 2): Feature: Army 402 Bde cites ATR for feat
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Following the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) with the end in view of joining the ranks of “A world-class army that is a source of national pride,” the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) here under Col. Franco Nemesio “Jojo” Gacal has been gaining ground towards that “2028 Vision.”
Captains Herald Amarga and Regie Go, respective Personnel and Civil Military Operations (CMO) Officers of the same brigade, said that since year 2010, they had already started “to pursue the ATR.”
Cpt. Amarga, for his part, being the focal person to get the job done, stressed that they had been slowly morphing into a unit guided by “Good Governance, ” and on the right track of achieving the best of both worlds of “Organizational Excellence” and “Leveling-Up Capability.”
When asked to elaborate, Go added that they had to have “Optimum engagement and collaborative partnership with stakeholders,” keeping in mind that “civilian authority is supreme over the military.” Hence, “provinces in their area of responsibility (AOR) had to be normalized as far as insurgency problem is concerned with the respective Local Government Units (LGUs) leading in peace and development efforts,” Cpt. Go went on to say.
On the other hand, Cpt. Amarga took pride in saying that the brigade had already attained the next higher steps of having “A disciplined and motivated Army capable of addressing all internal security threats” as well as “A well-equipped Army that has established a respectable image in Southeast Asia” during the last six years.
During the last two years, the feat accomplished by the brigade and the fate earned on the endeavor was mostly attributed to the then Commander Col. Isidro Purisima, who was recently promoted to Brigadier General early this year, Amarga recalled.
By now, the brigade personnel officer said that in order to succeed, recruitment of individual army personnel carries a vital role, adding that a recruit must meet the new qualification standards set by the organization of, at least, possessing a certified skill by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). On the said concept, both army officers agreed that their unit also deserved only the “best and brightest,” citing that “Core Values” had to be deeply anchored on “Honor, Patriotism, and Duty.”
Earlier, Amarga said that they would continue to carry out their “Mission” now under the ATR being crafted with the “Core Purpose” of “Serving the People, Securing the Land!”