COL. Maurito Licudine assumed as the new commander of the Butuan City-based 402nd Infantry Brigade starting Tuesday (February 19), replacing Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal who is now the commander of the brigade’s mother unit, the 4th Infantry Division.
4th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Regie Go reported that Licudine’s jurisdiction will be Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island.
In his assumption speech, Colonel Licudine stated, “I am accepting the challenge to lead the
brigade without any mental reservation.” The new commander further emphasize, “Unity is
strength, when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved. With our
collaboration efforts with the LGUs, government agencies and other sectors of society, we can
finish the fight and I look forward to working with you all.”
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Gacal the outgoing Brigade Commander said, “Let me express my
deepest gratitude to the men and women of 402nd Bde and the units under its supervision for the
crucial support to my leadership. I leave with peace knowing that we have done good and
innovative approaches and we certainly made a difference towards peace and development in
our area of responsibility. I take great pride to have served 402nd Bde but I leave you the great
challenge to carry on our peace and development efforts.” Brigadier General Gacal was coresponsible
in the establishment of Peace and Development Zones in CARAGA, a breakthrough
initiative that focuses all development efforts in Conflict Affected Areas (ConAAs) with an end
view of ending insurgency thru whole of nation approach. He now leads the 4th Infantry Division
of the Army.
The presiding general, Eastern Mindanao Commander of the AFP Major General Felimon T.
Santos Jr in his speech commended the 402nd Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General
Gacal for its accomplishments in various combat, civil military and security operations and support
to law enforcement. He also congratulated Colonel Licudine for being selected to lead and
command the excellent brigade. “Duties and responsibilities demand your full commitment in the
furtherance of our campaign objectives, they also entail strengthening and intensifying our
partnership and collaboration with all our stakeholders, I trust your caliber in bringing peace,
security and progress in CARAGA region." Major General Santos Jr. quoted. DPAO