Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., who will step down from the military’s top post upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 on August 4, bids farewell and paid his final official visit to Army troops on Tuesday.
In his speech during his visit to the Philippine Army (PA) headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Santos said: “The Army molded me into the kind of leader which prepared me in my role as your Chief of Staff.”
Alongside with Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, Santos also graced the ribbon cutting and blessing of the renovated “Silid Andres Bonifacio”, also known as the Commander’s Lounge.
“We aim for operational and organizational excellence, modernization, strong partnerships with stakeholders, and the well-being of our personnel. I am delighted that these improvements exemplify the fulfillment of these thrusts,” Gapay said.
More so, the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as per Gapay, would not hinder the PA’s aspirations to be a world-class Army that is a source of national pride.
Expressing his confidence that the PA is on the right track towards becoming truly world-class, Santos said: “I am very fortunate to be part of this worthy endeavor of the Philippine Army that aims to improve its delivery and quality service, through the enhancement of facilities that support the operations of the organization.” (PNA)