Marawi Liberator Now Leads Army’s 1ID
CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who took part in liberating Marawi city in year 2017 now leads the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, after the change of command ceremony held here, Friday, January 17, 2020.
Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, succeeded Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, who now assumed as the commander of the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, based in Cebu City.
Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.
An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence, training and managerial acumen.
He is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College; Senior Executive Course on National Security in Department of National Defense, National Defense College of the Philippines; and US Army Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.
Prior to his post, Ponio was the Deputy Commander for Operations of the Western, Mindanao Command, AFP.
He also served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade and commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, during and after the Marawi Siege which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Division for being accustomed to the sociological and security situation in the area and had already established “teamwork” for peace and development with local governments units.
Ponio also served as the commander of the 45th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division, based in Isabela province.
The battalion he commanded was then deployed to Maguindanao to help the Philippine Army restore normalcy in the troubled province which became popular because of the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people, where 30 of whom were journalists.