In a Change of Command Ceremony presided over by MGen Romeo G Gan AFP, Commander, 2ID on May 19, 2016, LTC Darren E Comia INF (GSC) PA assumed post as the new Battalion Commander of 16th Infantry (Maglilingkod) Battalion based in Brgy. San Juan, Madrid, Surigao del Sur.
The said ceremony was held at 16IB Headquarters which started with a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of Facilities at around 10:00 AM.
LTC Comia is a member of PMA Class “Bantay-Laya” 1994 and the former Executive Officer of 202nd Infantry Brigade, 2ID.
On the said occasion, MGen Gan congratulated both the incoming and outgoing Commanders of 16IB. He also encouraged all Maglilingkod Troopers to give their all out support and cooperation as LTC Comia leads the Battalion towards attaining its mission and fulfilling the IPSP-Bayanihan and Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) imperatives.
The 16IB is the contingent of 2ID in Mindanao to support the operational requirements of Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) aligned with the operational objectives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for 2016.
Meanwhile, LTC Andres F Ferrer INF (GSC) PA, the outgoing Commander of 16IB was awarded with Military Merit Medal (Interim) and Command Plaques for his invaluable services rendered in a position of major responsibility as Commanding Officer of 16IB.
The said activity was attended by Mr. Rey M Cuerva, the Director of Surigao del Sur TESDA; Hon. Jose Arpilleda, Municipal Mayor of Madrid; Hon. Jane Valeroso Plaza, Presumptive Municipal Mayor of Carmen; and Fr. Mario M. Aca-ac among other visitors from various sectors in the Province of Surigao del Sur.