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‘Core competencies’ of troops, fleet sought

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:04:00 07/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The new Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy will work to develop the “core competencies” of his troops and his fleet.

Rear Admiral Ferdinand Golez disclosed this Tuesday, shortly after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the post.

Golez will replace Vice Admiral Rogelio Calunsag, who will retire on Saturday, the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement that announced Golez’s appointment.

At the same time, the President also approved the ad interim appointment of seven one-star generals to the two-star rank of major general, it said.

“I will be looking at core competencies of the Navy as whole, our ships and the Marines,” the incoming navy chief said in a phone interview.

He vowed to pursue the Fleet-Marine concept of operations, which enhances the interoperability of Navy men, who run the ships, and the Marines, who see combat on the ground.

“Second is to empower the human resource in term training, technological advancement and preparation to perform their duties. Third is to lead by example,” he said, as he enumerated his plans.

Asked how he would work around the Navy’s lack of equipment, Golez said: “Long-range ‘yan [That’s long-range]. We have a capability upgrade program in place and that should be pursued. It’s in the pipeline.”

“And our existing ships should be well-maintained,” he added.

Golez, the incumbent chief of the Naval Education and Training Command based in Zambales province, beat of two other officers, Rear Admirals Emilio Marayag and Geronimo Defensor, for the post. All three were recommended by the Board of Generals, the DND.

The incoming Navy chief is an alumnus of the Philippine Military Academy’s 1976 Class. His classmates include General Alexander Yano, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Lieutenant General Victor Ibrado, the commanding general of the Philippine Army.

He is a brother of Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez from the opposition. Turnover rites will be scheduled later in the week, said Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman.

Golez said he was surprised when Yano informed him of his appointment in Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday morning.

Golez will serve as Navy chief for 21 months, until May 16 2010, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56, the DND said.

The new major generals are: Carlos Holganza, Army Training and Doctrine Command; Ricardo David, chief of the 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City; Jerry Jalandoni, deputy chief of staff for logistics or J4; Roland Detabali, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division based in Tanay town, Rizal province; Nestor Ochoa, chief of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan town, Capiz province; Johnny Corcha, chief of the Army Support Command; and Romeo Lustestica, deputy chief of staff for operations or J3.

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Written by joelguinto

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