(From Marawi to Zamboanga) Dela Vega takes over as WestMinCom chief Print
Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:18

Lt. General Arnel Dela Vega, a 33-year veteran in the military service, took over the helm of the Western MIndanao Command during change of command ceremonies attended by top level military and government officials yesterday.

Dela Vega took over from former Western Mindanao Command chief, General Carlito Galvez, who assumed the position of Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last month.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana presided in the Turnover of Command ceremony.

The WestMinCom Chief, former 6th Infantry Division Commander, is a key personality in the liberation of Marawi City from the Maute terrorists last year.

He hails from Lipa City, Batangas and is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 1985 Sandiwa class.

In his speech, Dela Vega said that his assumption comes at a time when the security landscape has become more manageable and stable.

Nevertheless, he vowed to address other security concerns such as the proliferation of firearms in his area of responsibility.

He said that the proliferation of guns is a major factor in the rise of terroristic activities, the problem on illegal drugs and ‘rido’.

“Our effort to counter violence and terrorism shall be pursued.  More deliberate and more focused,” Dela Vega stressed.

Meanwhile, Dela Vega also vowed to continue peace efforts in the region such as coordinating with their MNLF and MILF counterparts.

He also promised to talk with local government officials and the different stakeholders in the community to achieve the WestMinCom’s objective for a more secure and peaceful region.  (Ely Dumaboc)