CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao— Major General Roy M Galido has been formally assumed as the new Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, replacing Major General Roberto S Capulong in a 40th Change of Command ceremony held today (August 11, 2022) at 6ID Headquarters, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao.
Maj. Gen. Galido, a versatile army officer, served as an army’s vice commander, acting chief of staff, and formerly an Army Inspector General prior to his assumption, and he vowed to build more on the gains of his predecessor. “It’s nice to be back. It is a great honor to accept this position as a responsibility leading the 6th Infantry Division,” he said.
Meanwhile, during Maj. Gen. Capulong’s brief tenure as Acting Commander, 6ID plays an important role in the overall peace, security, and development initiatives in the current operating environment. “Our efforts are geared towards building on the significant achievements to accomplish our mission aligned with the intent of the Higher Headquarters,” Maj. Gen. Capulong said.
The change of command was presided over by Lieutenant General Romeo S Brawner Jr., Commanding General of the Philippine Army, as guest of honor and speaker. The ceremony was also attended by the former Commanders of 6ID, selected guests, visitors, army officers, and personnel due to the DOH’s minimum health protocols implemented in the midst of the pandemic’s onslaught. Hence, a live stream was provided through social media for the stakeholders to witness the said activity.
In his speech, Lt. Gen. Brawner Jr. commended Maj. Gen. Capulong for his achievements and even outlined the accomplishments of the 6th Infantry Division during his short stint as the acting Commander of Kampilan Division. “He has supervised the conduct of purposive military operations against the local and communist terrorist groups, which resulted in the neutralization of some enemy personalities, including high-ranking members. Further, he has also facilitated the voluntary surrender of several former rebels to mainstream society,” Lt. Gen. Brawner said.
Both Maj. Gen. Galido and Maj. Gen. Capulong belonged to the Philippine Military Academy’s “Bigkis Lahi” Class of 1990.
Maj. Gen. Galido is no stranger to the area of operation of the 6ID, having been assigned here during the early years of his military career. That is why he is also tagged as a full-blooded Kampilan Army officer. His previous assignments include commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, commander of the anti-kidnapping Joint Task Force Tugis, and battalion commander of the 40th and 38th Infantry Battalions, all under the command of the 6ID and among others.
In his message, Maj. Gen. Galido thanked his predecessor, his ‘mistah’ and for being the ‘John the Baptist’ to him. He also asserted that he will continue to work with local chief executives and stakeholders for upholding peace, security and tranquility in the area. He also reiterated his Command Philosophy – discipline, healthy lifestyle and family. “Kaya natin to”, his borrowed adage from former President FVR, in his concluding remarks.