Luga, assumes today as new Solcom commander

LUCENA CITY— The military’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) that covers Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol regions will have new leadership with the assumption of today of Maj. Gen. Alan Luga, a member of PMA Class ’81, as its new commander.

Solcom spokesman, Col. Generoso Bolina said the designation of Luga as Solcom chief has been duly approved by President Aquino.

Luga will replace Solcom acting commander, Maj. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario, a member of PMA Class ’80 who heads the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division based in Tanay, Rizal.

Bolina said the turn over will be presided by Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Gen. Jessie Dellosa who is also the affair’s guest of honor and speaker at the Solcom Grandstand in Camp Gullermo Nakar, here.

Luga was the former commander of the 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.  He was the chairman of the government Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) which implemented peace negotiations with different armed group particularly in Mindanao in 2011.  He was the commander of 802nd Brigade, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA) from Feb 10  2009 to Dec 04 2010. During his tenure as Brigade Commander, Gen Luga played a very significant role when Bohol was freed from insurgency in March 2010 through strong collaboration with the civilian government-led campaign against the NPA.

Son of a retired general of the AFP, Luga hailed from Iba, Zambales where he spent his elementary years in Fort Del Pilar Elementary School. He studied in the University of San Carlos High School and took BS Electrical Engineering during his college.

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