FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City –The Army has installed the new commander of the 7th Infantry Division in a simple Change of Command ceremony held at its headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija at 9:30am today.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, said that Brigadier General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr. has assumed the post of Division Commander, replacing Major General Allan Luga who was earlier installed as Commander of the Southern Luzon Command.
Prior to this new post, Catapang was the Commander of the Army’s 703rd Brigade which has jurisdiction over Central Luzon.
He was also the former Military Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Strategic Assessment in the Department of National Defense.
Apart from his combat duties as Commander of the 703rd Brigade, he also led campaigns against climate change by proposing a climate change adaptation summit.
He also served as the Chief of Unified Command Staff, Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) in 2005, and commanded the 28th Infantry Battalion and the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division in 2000.
In the 1980s, Catapang fought insurgents and Muslim secessionists in Mindanao as the Platoon Leader of Bravo Company, 39th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.
As a young officer, he led the Charlie Company, 69th Infantry Battalion, as well as the 9thCAA Company of the 7th Infantry Division in Luzon.
Catapang is one of the Army officers whose designation was approved by President Benigno S Aquino III on September 8, 2012.
He is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy 'Dimalupig' Class of 1981 like his predecessor.