FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City (DWDD) – One of the valor awardees of the Philippine Army and the former Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations will soon head an Army brigade in Isabela Province, the place where he got the highest military award in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in his early military career.
Col. Bartolome Vicente O. Bacarro, a member of PMA Class 1988, will be replacing BGen. James V. Jacob as the new brigade commander of 502nd Brigade of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division based in Echague, in a change of command ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 502nd Brigade headquarters.
Bacarro, who was then the commanding officer of the 6th CAFGU Active Auxiliary Company, 21st Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division, was awarded with medal for valor for his courage and gallantry in action during a 10-hour armed engagement with more or less 150 fully armed communist insurgents that attacked the town of Maconacon, Isabela on January 26-27, 1991. The engagement resulted to the killing of 16 terrorists, wounding of several others, and recovery of one M14 rifle, one Garand rifle, one claymore mine and one home-made land mine. He also extricated one wounded civilian, along with his men, and gave immediate medical treatment.
Bacarro’s successor, Col. Maurito L. Licudine assumed his new post as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations during the formal military ceremony held here on Wednesday. Licudine is the former Assistant Chief of Staff for Education and Training. Licudine, a member of PMA class 1989, started his military career in the 29th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID).
He also held various positions at the 4th Army Training Group, Training and Doctrine Command in Cagayan de Oro and later became commanding officer of the Army’s 8th IB, 4ID based in Bukidnon province.
A native of Baguio City, Licudine is a graduate of Masters in Public Administration from Ateneo de Cagayan and Strategic Human Management Course at Asian Institute of Management. Meanwhile, the Philippine Army also installed its new resource manager with the designation of Col. Roy T. Galido of PMA Class 1990 as the new chief of the Army Resource Management Office (ARMO).
He replaced Col. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal who will soon command the Army’s 402nd Brigade based in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. Galido was the deputy chief of ARMO during Gacal’s incumbency.
Prior to his positions in the ARMO, Galido also became the commanding officer of the Army’s 40th IB and later commanded the 38th IB, both in Mindanao under the 6th Infantry Division areas. Galido has undergone various trainings and seminars on resource management, including AFP Comptrollership Enhancement Program, Improvement of AFP Procurement and Finance System, Defense Resource Management Simulation Course, Supply Management Information System Development, and Fund Accountable Officer Course. OACPA / MCAG