Team WESCOM secures the country's Energy Resources


Category: Press Release Published: Monday, 08 June 2020 Written by Betchner Petalver


Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City - LTGEN ERICKSON R GLORIA AFP, assumed Command of Western Command on 28 May 2020, in a modified Change of Command Ceremony presided by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, GEN FELIMON T SANTOS JR AFP at the Rizal Reef Hall, Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City. He is the 33rd Commander of this unit.

GEN SANTOS JR gave recognition to VADM RENE V MEDINA AFP who led WESCOM for almost 14 months in securing and sustaining peace in the Joint Area of Operation (JAO), including the other mission areas - Territorial Defense Operations (TDO), Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) and Support to National Development,
covering the Province of Palawan and the West Philippine Sea. Through his exceptional leadership style, VADM MEDINA was able to degrade the Communist Terrorist Group and adversely affected their terroristic activities in the province. Likewise, his dynamic leadership brought about the effective, and active collaboration of Local Government Units (LGUs) and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70.He also expressed his confidence in the commitment, passion and dedication of the new Commander, LTGEN GLORIA to sustain the gains and success of WESCOM.LTGEN GLORIA is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988. Before taking his post in WESCOM, he was The Deputy Chief of Staff (TDCS), Armed Forces of the Philippines. A tactical and rescue pilot, he holds a command pilot rating in the Philippine Air Force. He is a well-rounded Officer having been assigned to various fields of expertise which are critical to the management and command of the organization, such as comptrollership/budget and finance; operations; logistics; plans; personnel/human resource; and education and training.During his Assumption Speech, LTGEN GLORIA stated that WESCOM will exert relentless efforts to prevent local CTGs from spreading harm and violence in Western Philippines. In relation to the NTF-ELCAC, WESCOM will pursue to defeat the CTGs and their support structure in the Province, and on external security, WESCOM will remain proactive in asserting our sovereignty and sovereign rights in the WPS by conducting Territorial Defense Operations (TDO) in our maritime jurisdiction and maintain an effective presence to help deter intrusions and incursions.In his almost 32 years in the military service, the Command is honored that LTGEN GLORIA joined the revered lineage of WESCOM Commanders.
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