Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – BGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr AFP takes post as the new Commander of the Army’s 5th Infantry (Star) Division during a Change of Command ceremony this morning held at the 5ID Grandstand presided by LtGen Rolando Joselito D Bautista AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Army.

    BGen Rimando is a member of PMA Class ‘86 and assumed the position as the new Commander of 5ID from LtGen Paul T Atal AFP who assumed the leadership of Central Command, AFP in the Visayas.

    The new 5ID Commander vowed to continue the programs and projects of the Command in consonance with the AFP Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan. He also urged the personnel of the Command to take the initiative and make themselves professionally competent in their respective duties so that they could best deliver the Army’s Core Purpose of Serving the People and Securing the Land. He further solicited the active support and closer partnership of all stakeholders in Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region to collaborate in securing peace, supporting the development and promoting prosperity in 5ID’s area of operations for the good of the people.

    Gracing the Change of Command ceremony was the Local Chief Executives, various regional heads of National Government Agencies, Civil Society Groups, PNP personnel and other stakeholders in Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region.