Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—Lieutenant General Ferdinand F Quidilla, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, assumed the post of Command of Southern Luzon, which is the country’s more security sensitive part.

Quidilla, a South Cotabato native, took over the post from MGen Romeo Gan who held the position in an acting capacity after AFP Chief of Staff General Ricardo R Visaya vacated the post in July this year.

General Visaya presided over the turnover ceremony and donned new ranks to then MGen Quidilla, effectively promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General, today, August 15, at Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983, LtGen Quidilla earned valuable experience as a ground commander when he was designated as the Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division and the 2nd Infantry Division.

He began his military career as a Scout Ranger, starting as a platoon leader of the 7th Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment; until he became the Operations Officer of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion.

His previous command positions were as Battalion Commander of the 74th Infantry (Unbeatable) Battalion covering Bondoc Peninsula and Marinduque; and as Brigade Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade covering Dinagat Islands Province, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, and Butuan City.

General Visaya, also a member of PMA Class of 1983, extended his congratulations to the new SOLCOM Commander, referring to him as having high standards of command and leadership skills honed in their years as cadets at PMA and vast knowledge and experience as commanders in the field.

“I am confident that LtGen Quidilla’s standards and vast experience and familiarity in the SOLCOM area will help him take on greater responsibilities as an area commander and in implementing the AFP’s operational imperatives in this part of the country,” General Visaya said.

“This Change of Command Ceremony signifies the progressive careers that we lead in the military institution. As the newly promoted LtGen Quidilla takes over the helm from MGen Gan, we are assured once again that the AFP will not run out of capable people and, at all levels of command, manifest effective continuity and enduring leadership,” General Visaya added.