Major Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the newly appointed Commanding General of the Philippine Army, said on Monday that the current process of transforming the Philippine Army (PA) into a first-class military will continue under his command.
Implementation of the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) initiative will continue. The vision of the initiative is to see the PA be a world-class military force by 2028.
“Moreover, with the PA gaining its momentum in its Army Transformation Roadmap, Major General Alberto expressed that he will continue to sustain the implementation of its ATR initiatives in order to meet its vision to be a world-class Army by 2028,” Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said in a statement Monday.
Alberto expressed his intent through a speech delivered during his assumption-of-command ceremonies at the PA headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Besides continuing the ATR initiative, Alberto also expressed his commitment to developing the PA’s capabilities, organize and train soldiers of both active and reserve units, and to prioritize the morale and welfare of the troops. The new chief promised to transform the 98,000-strong PA into a force able to adapt and address any threats facing the nation.
“I will endeavor to make the Philippine Army a more agile force, one that is prepared and able to meet current and emerging threats,” he added.
Army spokesperson Villanueva said that Alberto is a well-rounded officer and a highly respected leader and commander. Alberto has distinguished himself among his rank for achievements in the field of combat, intelligence, and in civil military operations. Lt. Col. Villanueva also added that the new PA chief is known for his dedication, describing Alberto as a “silent worker” yet a “passionate performer”.
“He always put his heart in every mission that needs to be accomplished. He is kind-hearted, cool and always gives premium on the welfare of his men,” said Lt. Col. Villanueva.
Villanueva as well said that Alberto is a graduate of various courses, both in the Philippines and abroad.
“Significant is the Scout Ranger Course, Strategic Intel Course, Counter-Terrorism Fellowship Program and Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from (the) National Defense University, USA. He also hold masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security from (the) Development Academy of the Philippines,” he added.
Alberto has also received multiple awards for his service.
“He is also a recipient of various awards and decors, to name a few, Military Commendation Medal, Military Merit Medal, Bronze Cross Medal, UN Service Medal/Ribbon, Silver Wing Medal, Gold Cross Medal and Distinguished Service Medal,” Villanueva added.
Major Gen. Alberto is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986. He is assuming the position of the PA chief to replace Bautista, a member of PMA Class of 1985. Bautista formally retired on Monday after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65.
Earlier, Bautista was named by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Previously, Alberto served as commanding officer of the 2nd and 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, Task Force Davao head prior his designation as 1001st Infantry Brigade head, a unit of the 10th Infantry Division in Mindanao. Afterwards, he was appointed head of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.