New Army commanding general takes command

The Philippine Army welcomed Maj. Gen. Andres C. Centino as its new Commanding General starting today, May 18, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Centino assumes the Philippine Army leadership from Acting Commanding General Lt. Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr. in a Change of Command Ceremony presided by Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana.

Formerly the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) Commander, Maj. Gen. Centino focused on the enhancement of the division’s military operations that resulted in huge blows against the Communist-Terrorist Groups.

Prior to his appointment, he held various key positions in the organization. He served as the Battalion Commander of the 26th Infantry Battalion in 2008; Secretary Army General Staff in 2013; Commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade in 2017; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, AFP in 2019 before becoming the Commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division in 2020.

Maj. Gen. Centino is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.

Lt. Gen. Faustino, on the other hand, is also a member of the Philippine Military “Maringal” class of 1988. Under his leadership as the CGPA since February 2021, the Philippine Army was able to empower and enhance the command’s COVID-19 response, strengthen its territorial defense against insurgency, and intensify its war fighting capabilities.

Sec. Lorenzana commended outgoing Lt. Gen. Faustino for his outstanding tour of duty as the 63rd CGPA and challenged incoming Maj. Gen. Centino in building upon the foundations laid by his predecessors with utmost integrity, professionalism, and resolve.

“The Change of Command Ceremony manifests the vibrancy and dynamism of the organization. I congratulate the two outstanding men of the hour who have proven their exceptional leadership in the premiere service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Sec. Lorenzana. PHILIPPINE ARMY