Major Gen. Nicanor M. Vivar on Friday was appointed commander of the Cebu-based Central Command Friday.
He replaces Lt. Gen. John S. Bonafos who was appointed as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vice chief-of-staff.
Vivar is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandigan” Class of 1982.
Prior his appointment, the former served as commander of the 3rd Air Division which is based at Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City.
Vivar is the 16th Central Command chief.
The former is a native of Hagonoy, Bulacan, is the second member of PMA “Sandigan” Class, which holds one of the top positions in the AFP.
Vivar formerly headed the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, 100th Training Wing, and the 5th Fighter Wing.
He has also underwent various career courses and trainings, both local and abroad, including several courses in Australia and his Air Command and Staff Course in Alabama, USA.
Vivar is also a recipient of numerous awards and commendations including a Distinguished Service Star, Presidential Medal of Merit, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal and the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Campaign Medals. PNA