Kakilala appointed as new AFP CRS commander

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Brig. Gen. Joselito E. Kakilala was appointed as the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Relations Service (AFP CRS) Tuesday.

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Kakilala replaces Brig. Gen. Romeo Gan who assumed command of the 2nd Infantry Division based in Tanay, Rizal.

“Brig. Gen. Kakilala earned a reputation characterized by successful stints in combat and administrative leadership and academic excellence. He had also previously served in the CRS as its chief-of-staff, providing him with the wealth of experience needed by a commander,” said AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr.

Kakilala’s outstanding military track record and upright service reputation were recognized not only in the military organization, but also in other government and civil society organizations, making him a credible choice for the CRS.

Prior to his present assignment as head of the AFP Strategic Studies and Strategy Management, Kakilala had extensive assignments as combat officer in Central Luzon and Bicol Region, where he led the 45th Infantry Battalion and the 903rd Infantry Brigade to become the Best Battalion in 2006 and Best Brigade in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

His anti-insurgency campaign in the Bicol Region as Commander of the 903rd IB resulted in the neutralization of top ranking NPAs of the Bicol Regional Party Committee.

This is on top of his rich experiences as a young officer assigned in the hinterlands of Basilan, Surigao, and Agusan Provinces that honed his skills and expertise in tactical operations.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Maharlika” Class of 1984, Kakilala has received numerous awards and recognition for his professionalism and commitment to public service.

He is a recipient of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 2011 for upholding the highest moral standards, professionalism, and commitment to public service.

Kakilala also received the highly coveted Cavalier Award for Army Operations in 2009 from the PMA alumni association.

In 2008, Kakilala was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) by the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. In 2014, he also received the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service from the Metrobank Foundation, an award given to TOPS winners who have continued to stand out in their positions.

The new CRS commander is also a recipient of three Distinguished Service Stars; one Gold Cross Medal, which is the third highest award for bravery; four Bronze Cross Medals; several military merit medals; wounded personnel medal; and various awards and decorations. PNA

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