CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Brigadier General Rhoderick M Parayno relinquishes post as Commander of the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP), Thursday, 1 December 2016.

Colonel Edgard A Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Chief disclosed that Brigadier General Ronnie S Evangelista was designated to take the post as the new CRS Commander in a Change of Command Ceremony at the CRSAFP Multi-Purpose Hall, here.

He acknowledged all the men and women who has been part of the team, including the Deputy Commander Colonel Arevalo and the Chief of Staff Colonel Gerry Zamudio.

“I would like to thank foremost our Presiding Officer, at that time our Acting Chief of Staff, LtGen Miranda, for steering us through the issues that confronted us. Information, being our main trade, is indeed a prime commodity. He made sure that we are always ahead, updated and upbeat, which enabled us to provide the themes and messages when needed,” said BGen Parayno in his relinquishment speech.

BGen Parayno is a proud member of the PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, he graduated top 6 in his class as Magna Cum Laude. To date, he has served 31 years in active duty, mostly in combat duties in Mindanao.

Prior to his assignment as CRSAFP Commander, BGen Parayno commanded the Philippine Army’s 201st Brigade in Tanay, Rizal. He was also the former Chief of the Humanitarian Rights Office, where he ensured that the principles of Human Rights International Humanitarian Law, and Rule of Law are inculcated in the minds of soldiers down the line.

Over the course of his career, he received numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Star, Gawad sa Kaunlaran, Bronze Cross Medal, Silver Wing Medal, and Military Merit Medal.

BGen Parayno will now be taking post as commander of the 2nd Infantry Division Philippine Army in Tanay, Rizal.

Meanwhile, BGen Evangelista takes post fully-equipped with knowledge and experiences that he had during his service as the Deputy Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command AFP.

Before his current post, he was the Commander of the Special Forces Regiment Airborne Special Operations Command (SOCOM) of the Philippine Army. His other prior assignments are mainly SOCOM Philippine Army. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Comptrollership General Headquarters, AFP, here.

“One of the reasons why it feels good to be back here at CRS. Facing challenges while building upon our gains is something that feels good for me personally,” he said in his assumption speech.

“Coming directly from and infantry unit in the field, and right into the heart of Civil Military Operations, makes filling a bigger shoe more formidable,” he added.

Aside from the three Distinguished Service Stars, BGen Evangelista also received multiple awards and decorations, such as, Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medals, Bronze Cross Medal and numerous Merit and Commendation medals.

He is a graduate of PMA “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.

“Changes in leadership among key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines are vital to ensure dynamism within the military ranks. It is important that the AFP remain open to these changes in order for the organization to grow and learn from other military leaders,” said AFP Vice Chief of Staff General Miranda.

“The AFP is proud of what the CRSAFP has achieved under the headship of BGen Parayno. The organization is also confident that BGen Evangelista will continue to guide it towards better and more effective service to our stakeholders and the whole civilian populace,” concluded General Miranda.