CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – The Former 44th Infantry Battalion Commander who played a significant role in the dismantling of five NPA Guerilla Fronts in Western Mindanao now heads the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7 after the Change of Chief of Office Ceremony held here Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Lt. Col. Don D. Templonuevo succeeded Lt. Col. Filven S. Noche as the primary staff to the Commander, 1st Infantry Division on all matters pertaining to Civil Military Operation. His vast experiences as a Battalion Commander and as a seasoned intelligence and combat officer will give him a head start as he plans, conducts, and supervises the civil military initiatives of the Division.

Lt. Col. Don D. Templonuevo is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1997. He is a graduate Command and General Staff Course in AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDC).

He also completed his Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.

During his assumption speech, he pledged to continuously collaborate with stakeholders as the Division supports the Whole-of-Nation approach under the National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) peace framework.

Lt. Col. Templonuevo also emphasized the importance of cooperation and teamwork among the personnel of OG7 in order to effectively implement CMO plans, programs, and activities in support to the accomplishment of the Division’s mission.

Brig.Gen. Bagnus P Gaerlan Jr., Assistant Division Commander, 1ID, PA and the Presiding General Officer, in his message, congratulated the outgoing G7 for a job well-done and challenged the newly installed G7 to equal or even surpass the accomplishments of his predecessor.

“CMO is very vital in our campaign especially now that we are already in the development phase. CMO will play a big role to rally much needed support from our partners in the government and the private sector to bring development in areas cleared from Communist Terrorist influence.” Brig. Gen. Gaerlan Jr., concluded.

Together with the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front, the NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

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