Seasoned soldier Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. has been tapped as the new chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), the military announced Friday.
Faustino will officially assume his new post in a Change of Command Ceremony to be led by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Felimon Santos today at the command headquarters in Davao City.
Prior to his appointment, Faustino served as the commander of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army where he made strides in the conduct of focused military operations which resulted in the dismantling of various New People’s Army (NPA) formations and their shadow government in the different communities in Regions 11 and 12.
He was also instrumental in the push for a whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict in the said regions and fully supported the localized engagement framework being initiated by the different local government units (LGUs) in his areas of responsibility.
Known to be a well-rounded military man, Faustino also boasts of being adept in a wide range of peace and security programs not only in Mindanao but in the whole country, having been assigned in the different units of AFP in various capacities.
He was the former head of the 11th Intelligence Service Unit based in Davao City and fought terrorists in Western Mindanao when he led the 35th Infantry Battalion. He also steerer the 501st Infantry Brigade as Brigade Commander.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Maringal” Class of 1988, Faustino jumpstarted his military career as a member of the First Scout Ranger Regiment, an elite unit of the Army deployed in various conflict-affected areas in the country.
His experiences and mentorship skills were also shared in molding future leaders and soldiers of the AFP when he was assigned as Tactical Officer and later on as Commandant of Cadets of the PMA and as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Training at the PA headquarters.
Faustino will take over from BGen. Alfredo Rosario who sat as the Eastmincom’s acting commander following Santos’ designation as military chief.