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  • Our CoverThe Philippine Army has covered a great distance in its

    transformation journey in executing the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR), says Dr Jesus P Estanislao, Multi-Sector Advisory Board (MSAB) chairman, in his remarks delivered during the PA ATR Commitment Ceremony held last November 2012. In the cover, Lt Gen Emmanuel T Bautista, Army commanding general, major unit commanders and other Army staff officers raised their right hand in an oath of commitment and affixed their signatures to contribute towards achieving breakthrough results the ATR asks for.

    NoteNurturing the Growth of Transformation

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    In Botany, the germination stage of a plant ends when that tiny shoot springs out from the soil. For the one who sow that seed, the sight of that budding life is an exciting moment -- that after pouring out the required conditions such as the right texture of soil, the right amount of water and temperatureefforts have finally bore

    fruition. But the nurturing doesnt stop at this stage. On the contrary, it has just getting started so to speakgrowth is just underway.

    The first two years of the Army

    Transformation Roadmap since it came to existence, could be likened to the process that the seed has undergone before it brings forth life. The ATR was nurtured by its

    implementers who took up the cudgel of the transformation process despite the doubts cast upon it, as the Army commanding general puts

    it during his speech addressing the different stakeholders who committed themselves to the aspirations and vision of the ATR. It was their

    dedication and commitment that pushed for the ATR to take root, as far

    as the remotest unit deployed across the land is concerned. But of course, any strategy or plan would be futile without the active participation of

    organizations personnel. The ATRs

    full and steady growth would be in the hands of every member of the Army as

    he performs his respective duties and reach the Armys goals as required

    in the respective units scorecards. The Army leaders governance and

    the personnels focused performance would be the nurturing factors that would ultimately spell for the growth and success of the roadmap towards its desired goals.

    Nonetheless, the ATRs

    implementers have continuously

    tracked the progress of implementation

    to see whether there are gaps to be

    filled or slips in case something trailed

    off along the way. The Army has fully

    grasped the fact that it could not be

    on its own, that it needs to make

    consultations with other stakeholders

    and has so much to learn from them

    and from the best practices of other

    organizations which trailed similar

    roadmaps of transformation.

    It seems that with these processes

    being given weight and attention, the

    Army is right well on track towards the

    fulfillment of its immediate and long

    term targets.

    At this point, we have seen how

    genuine the Armys efforts are towards

    the nurturing of the early stages of its transformation. In a way, it is safe to say that it has nurtured the growth transformation, not losing focus and determination to see it fully grown and bearing fruits.

    Thus far, it has almost completed the phases under the Vertical Cascading process in all the units and offices in different parts of the

    archipelago, paving the way for a more cohesive organization aligned with the goals of the ATR. Recently,

    army division and unit commanders, members of the Multi-Sector Advisory

    Board; the Secretary of National Defense and AFP Chief of Staff;

    officers, men and civilian employees

    pledged their support to the ATR. In

    the CGPAs corner of this issue, the

    Army commander enumerated the

    initial gains of transformation. As 2013 comes, another challenge

    will be faced as ATR reaches its

    second base camp of having a disciplined and motivated Army

    capable of addressing all internal security threats.

    All these given and more, one can

    only wish the best for the Army in the

    coming years ahead./CCP

  • |1| ARMY TROOPERS NEWSMAGAZINE

    The Army Troopers Newsmagazine is the official command publication of the Philippine Army. It is published quarterly by the Philippine Army through the Civil-Military Operations Group, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila 1201. It provides a forum for the open and honest exchange of ideas and concepts concerning the Philippine Army. The articles published in the Army Troopers Newsmagazine do not reflect the official view of the Philippine Army except when specifically stated. Though we do not accept responsibility for the opinions of the authors, we do accept responsibility for giving them the opportunity to be published. This publication is approved for public release. Official distribution is to units and offices of the Philippine Army, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine government. For reproductions or re-publication, authority resides with the author. Requests can be forwarded directly to the author or through the Editor-in-chief who will make the necessary representation. The ATN reserves the right to edit the materials submitted. The Army Troopers Newsmagazine accepts articles written either in English or Filipino. Contributions and requests for information can be addressed to: The Editor-in-chief, Army Troopers Newsmagazine, CMOG, PA, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila 1201.

    2| Taking on the Challenges of Transformation to be A Better Army4| Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro10| Framework Agreement Paves the way for a Final, Enduring Peace in Mindanao

    12| The Bangsamoro Deserves Statistics14| Where Should We Draw the Line in Cyber Security?16| Keeping Track of the Transformation: Updates on the ATR Implementation

    18| Functional Interdependence : The Iron Law of IPSP Bayanihan24| The Bayanihan Experience in Bohol: Winning and Keeping the Peace28| ASCOM: The Ways Ahead to a Responsive Combat Service Support Operation

    30| FCPA TRANSFORMATION ROADMAP: A Journey to a Better, Responsive and Professional Finance Service Provider

    33| Updates on PA I.D. System34| Father Seeks Justice Over Paquibato Circus Bombing36| Real Warriors also Shed Tears for Fallen Enemies38| CAFGU The Silent and Underrated Heroes42| A Triathlon of the Military Kind: Chute - Bike - Shoot43| The SOLDIERS and the PREJUDICES against THEM45| Brief Background on the Moro Struggle47| Administration and Conduct of the Philippine Army ROTC Program and the POTC

    51| The 52nd Engineers Development Efforts in Eastern Mindanao52| Life in Exchange for Development that Future Generations will have Peace

    56| GenSan applauds 52nd Engineer Brigade57| 52EBde Implements Day Care Projects in Maguindanao58| Mass Grave Discoveries: Unearthing the Abominable Truth behind the Crimes

    SGT CESAR CUENCAPFC CESAR P LOPEZ

    PFC NOEL M BERNARDINOPFC RAMON M MEGO

    Photographers

    SGT JUAN P RAYMUNDO PFC MICHELLE L BALOLOY

    PFC MARYJANE C TABLIAGOABEGAIL A GARCIA

    Layout Artists

    Editorial BoardLTGEN EMMANUEL T BAUTISTA AFP

    Commanding GeneralMGEN ESSEL C SORIANO AFP

    Vice CommanderMGEN MAXIMO G CARO AFP

    Chief of StaffCOL GILBERT I GAPAY GSC (CAV) PA

    Secretary General StaffCOL LEANDRO A LOYAO III GSC (CAV) PA

    AC of S for Personnel, G1COL PAOLO LEO MA G MICIANO GSC (FA) PA

    AC of S for Intelligence, G2COL ANGELITO M DE LEON GSC (FA) PA

    AC of S for Operations, G3COL ROBERT M AREVALO GSC (QMS) PA

    AC of S for Logistics, G4COL RODEL MAURO R ALARCON GSC (INF) PA

    AC of S for Plans, G5COL ARNOLD F ANDALES (MNSA) PA

    AC of S for CEIS, G6COL FRANCISCO L PABAYO GSC (INF) PAAC of S for Civil-Military Operations, G7COL ARNEL B DELA VEGA GSC (INF) PAAC of S for Education and Training, G8

    COL NICOLAS B PASION JR GSC (INF) PAAC of S for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, G9

    MAJ HAROLD M CABUNOC (INF) PAArmy Chief, Public Affairs

    COL CIRILITO E SOBEJANA INF (GSC) PAGroup Commander, CMOG, PA

    Editorial StaffLTC WENEFREDO O ARCEO SR GSC (CE) PA

    Editor-in-ChiefCPT MARCO ANTONIO A MAGISA (INF) PA

    Executive EditorLYDIA V CABAJAR

    Editorial ConsultantCPT JULIUS APOLINAR M FERIA (INF) PA

    Circulation Manager2LT CLAIRE ANN V DOLINO (INF) PA

    Production SupervisorCARINA C PASTRANO

    Managing Editor

    LT GEN EMMANUEL T BAUTISTA AFPCOL NICOLAS B PASION GSC (INF) PA

    LTC FLORENTINO B MENDEZ JR GSC (CE) PALTC LYNDON J SOLLESTA GSC (CE) PA

    LTC ROMEO S BRAWNER JR GSC (INF) PALTC ROBERTO I DANCEL FS (GSC) PALTC ROBERTO A REYES GSC (CE) PA

    MAJ ROSA MANUEL (FA) PACPT NOEL A MONGAS (INF) PA

    1LT ROGER B DURADA (AGS) PAStrategy Management Branch, OG5, PA

    OG3, ASCOM PAOffice of the Army Adjutant

    Mahar MangahasMilgrine Genio

    Mae CatibogHannah Amihasan

    Contributors

  • |2| Army Vision: By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride

    When we began our roadmap of transformation, doubts were cast upon us. But through sheer determination and hard work, we continued our reform initiatives. We focused not just on how to transform the Philippine Army, but why we should.

    And over the past two and a half years, that is what we have done.

    We took on the challenges of transformation to improve public perception and to meet our peoples expectations. True to our core values, we have raised the levels of discipline and professionalism among our troops. We have forged partnerships with our stakeholders through the PA Multi-Sector Advisory Board. Through these efforts, we have begun to shed our bad image. We have begun to earn our p