CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay Rizal - Brigadier General Romeo G. Gan, the outgoing commander of the AFP Civil Relations Service, assumed command of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division as the 36th Commander replacing Major General Rodelio V. Santos who reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 on February 3, 2015.
Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri, Commanding General of Philippine Army and ‘mistah’ of MGen Santos and BGen Gan was the Presiding General officer.
During the ceremony, MGen Santos received the award of the Distinguished Service Star and Command Plaque for ably taking the helm of the military’s primary infantry unit that specializes in jungle warfare.
BGen Gan thanked President Benigno S Aquino III, Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T Gazmin and the entire AFP hierarchy for entrusting to him the command of 2ID.
He shared three approaches to culture strategy as one of the tools in leadership and management inspired by David Osborne: Changing Habits, Touching Hearts and Winning Minds.
“By changing habits, I refer only to the bad habits. By touching hearts, we will engage our partners and even our enemies by touching their hearts with our sincerity and honest desire to contribute to peace and development. And by winning minds, we will endeavor to help further enlighten our target audiences. Together we will use these three not only as approaches but also as our marching slogan in the pursuit of the success of our given mission,” BGen Gan said.
He also stressed the need to observe and uphold Human Rights in all aspect of military operations and also the importance of engaging various stakeholders as partners in winning the peace.
He encouraged every member of the Jungle Fighter Division, from the officers, enlisted personnel and CAFGUs to join him in the quest to contribute to the development of the nation,
“Join me as we continue to bring honor and prestige to this Division as envisioned by my revered predecessors. Join me as we promote and ingrain in us a positive culture; characterized by a culture of excellence, a culture of ethics and professionalism, a culture of discipline and dedication and a culture of honor and valor,” he added.