New Army Chief Surgeon and Real Estate Office Chief installed

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    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila- The Philippine Army held a Joint Change of Chief of Office Ceremony for the Army Chief Surgeon and the Chief Army Real Estate Office here today, Jan. 11, 2019.

    Col. Mamerto H. Losa succeeded Lt. Col. Edmund C. Partosa as the Army Chief Surgeon (ACS) while Col. Armando Ruzzell B. Bulatao succeeded Col. Florentino B. Mendez as Chief, Army Real Estate Office (AREO) during the rites presided by the Army Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Jesus B. Sarsagat.

    The ACS is a technical staff of the Commanding General Philippine Army who addresses concerns pertaining to health and medical matters of the Command. On the other hand, the AREO is a special staff that formulates policies concerning the administration and management of the entire Philippine Army’s real estate properties.

    Col. Losa will be responsible in crafting innovations on medical frontline services as well as provide speedy and quality healthcare for the soldiers and their dependents. Meanwhile, Col. Bulatao will be instrumental in the realization of the Philippine Army Strategic Basing, and the protection, preservation and recovery of military reservations.

    Col. Losa, entered the military service in 1991 when he joined the Medical Corps. In the early years of his career he was deployed mostly in Mindanao, Luzon and National Capital Region. He served with the 13th Philippine Contingent under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti in 2011. He is a graduate of Executive Course on National Security and a Graduate of Command and General Staff Course. Prior to his current designation, he served as the Commanding Officer of Fort Magsaysay Station Hospital in Nueva Ecija.

    Meanwhile, Col. Bulatao is a member of Officer Candidate School “Mabilasik” Class of 1988. He is a graduate of Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry from the University of the Philippines in 2004. He also finished his Command and General Staff Course at the Command and General Staff College in 2008.

    Prior to his assumption as the AREO, Col. Bulatao served as Commander of 548th Engineer Construction Battalion based in Luzon and as Chief of Staff of 53rd Engineer Brigade in Visayas.

    “I pledge to give my best to level-up our performance of duties and responsibilities. I encourage everyone to carry out our tasks with passion and commitment,” said Col. Losa in his assumption speech.

    Meanwhile, Col. Bulatao stressed that the mission of the Army Real Estate Office is complex, but sticking with the basics and proper training will enable the unit to accomplish any task.

    In his speech, Maj. Gen. Sarsagat said that the new chiefs will become a great standard to which all future officers will conform to and have to surpass in pursuit of improving the Army from within.#

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