Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana administers the oath-taking of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Selection Boards for Calendar Year 2019 during a ceremony held on Tuesday, 5 March 2019, in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. (Photos by Mr Rox Cezar/PAOAFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – One hundred eighty-three (183) Generals, Flag Officers and Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) took their oath as members of different AFP Selection Boards on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club, here.

The members have sworn to perform their new appointments before Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana. Also present in the ceremony were AFP Vice Chief of Staff Major General Salvador Melchor Mison Jr and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr.

“This afternoon’s oath-taking ceremony is not only an undertaking to recognize the new members, but also to emphasize the continuous challenge in promoting the administration and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” VAdm Collado said in his opening remarks.

The AFP Selection Board is among the military’s prominent screening bodies that do the tedious and meticulous task of refining the most-deserving members to be atop the organization. The other panels are the AFP Board of Generals and Board of Senior Officers.

The four (4) Selection Boards of the Philippine Army are led by Major General Ramiro Rey, MGen Jesus Sarsagat, Brigadier General Virgilio Bartolome, and Colonel Eliglen Villaflor. The two (2) Selection Boards of the Philippine Air Force are headed by BGen Glicerio Peralta, and BGen Edward Libago while the Philippine Navy Selection Boards are chaired by BGen Ariel Caculitan, and Commodore Antonio Palces.

On the other hand, the Medical Service Selection Boards are chaired by Col Joseph Batenga and Col Felisa Tuliao; the Nurse Corps Selection Boards by Col Noreta Sison and Col Luis Carlo Aquino; the Dental Service Selection Boards by Col Michael Tiu and Lieutenant Colonel Ranulfo Espera; Judge Advocate General Service Selection Board by Col Gerry Pulohanan; Corps of Professors Selection Board by Col Claro Unson Jr; and the Chaplain Service Selection Board by Col Leonides Cruel Jr.

The appointment and oath-taking of the Selection Board members are part of the AFP’s longstanding commitment towards fortifying professionalism within the AFP’s ranks. This significantly contributes to the organization’s continuous dynamism which is essential in carrying out its mandate more effectively and efficiently.