Posted on 05 August 2012 by mikeinmanila
Quezon City— The Armed Forces of the Philippines has a new Surgeon General, and Commanding General of the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC) who relinquished their positions in a turnover ceremony held at the AFPMC last Thursday, August 2, 2012.
Brig. Gen. Joselito P Avancena assumed the post of The Surgeon General (TSG). Avancena who was the AFPMC commander since October 2010, will now be in charge of putting into framework the policies and guidance that he envisioned for the AFP medical services, having worked in the various medical units of the AFP.
Avancena was also Chief Surgeon of the Philippine Navy and the Commanding Officer of the Cavite and Manila Naval Hospitals. He was also a recipient of various military awards, including two Distinguished Service Stars and two Presidential Unit Citation Badges.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Normando Sta Ana Jr, the outgoing Surgeon General of the AFP, assumed the post of Commander of the AFPMC. Brig. Gen. Sta Ana was the former Chief Surgeon of the Philippine Air Force, Commanding Officer of the Air Force General Hospital and Fernando Air Base Hospital.
AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie D Dellosa said that Brig. Gen. Sta Ana’s appointment to the AFPMC and Brig. Gen. Avancena’s appointment as TSG will bring further improvements and enhancements in the AFP’s medical and health policies and services. “This change of command is just one of the many steps we have to take in reforming the Health and Medical services in the AFP. From this day onwards, we are to embark on various measures that will surely amend our system of catering to our clients’ needs,” Gen Dellosa said.
Gen Dellosa also expected a more accessible and customer oriented AFPMC that are “very essential requirements that must be ensured by our new TSG Commander, AFPMC.” He also expected the new leaderships of the AFPMC and TSG to formulate policies or actions that adhere to good governance and conform to the thrust and vision of the current AFP leadership.
“We must also promote career and personnel development among our military medical practitioners, rotation and deployment to field units of health and medical service providers (medical professionals) will be carried out. With this, we want you to see other aspects of the AFP and be able to realize how to better serve our soldiers, particularly those who are in the high-risk and far-flung areas,” Gen Dellosa added.