New civil-relations head for Armed Forces

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BRIG. Gen. Jose Kakilala has been appointed as commander of the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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One of the Outstanding Philippine Soldiers in 2008, Kakilala replaced 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 General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr.

Catapang added that 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 current assignment as chief 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 (IB) to become the Best Battalion in 2006 and Best Brigade in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

His anti-insurgency campaign in the Bicol as commander of the 903rd IB resulted in the neutralization of top ranking New People’s Army of the Bicol Regional Party Committee.

This is on top of his rich experiences as a young officer assigned to 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 awarded to him 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 Inc.

In 2008, he was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) by the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and Metrobank Foundation Inc.

In 2014, Kakilala 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

He was 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.

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