CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – After more than 37 years in service, Brigadier General Gerry P Amante compulsorily retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 8 at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club.
“A Retirement Ceremony befitting a dedicated Military Officer was held in honor of BGen Amante. Lieutenant General Salvador Melchor Mison Jr, the AFP Vice Chief of Staff will preside over the ceremony,” said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief.
Brigadier General Amante has been the Commander of the AFP Munitions Control Center (AFPMCC) since 2014. He also represented the Department of National Defense (DND) and the AFP in the meetings of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
The AFPMCC is charged with ensuring the reliability and adequacy of the AFP’s munitions, and the development of the AFP’s Defense Capabilities against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) threats.
“We in the AFPMCC created a core philosophy as creative team of dedicated professionals who will see to it that munitions of soldiers are reliable adequate and accounted for,” said BGen Amante.
He also said that developing the AFP’s CBRN capability, slowly but surely has been one of the priorities of the AFPMCC during his stint as Commander.
“We already created a CBRN unit in the AFP that is one of the standards in our region. The CBRN platoon is already doing headway and it is being deployed in national events, even being recognized as one of the best in the country,” BGen Amante states.
Prior to commanding the AFPMCC, BGen Amante held key positions that contributed in the AFP’s modernization, logistics and transformation initiatives.
In 2012, then Colonel Amante was tasked to organize and lead the newly created Army Governance and Strategy Management Office, which was tasked to pursue the implementation of the Army Transformation Roadmap.
“Brigadier General Amante is a dedicated military officer that has worked tirelessly in contributing to the AFP’s goal of becoming a more credible and modern military force. His dedication to his duty is worth emulating by our men and women in the Armed Forces,” General Eduardo Año, AFP Chief of Staff said.
Brigadier General Noelito Albano, the Deputy Commander of Northern Luzon Command is set to assume headship of the AFPMCC.