Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano, a former commander of the Philippine fleet, has been named as the new commander of the Armed Forces Central Command (Centcom) based in Camp Lapu-Lapu in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
Alano replaced Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., who served as Centcom officer-in-charge for only a month after Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva retired from military service.
Mabanta will return to the 3rd Infantry Division where he is the concurrent commander.
One of Alano’s priorities is to improve security in the region to attract more tourists.
He said whole communities will prosper if this can be achieved.
Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus, Centcom spokesman, said Alano’s appointment took effect last September 14 yet.
Alano, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class ’79, also served as chief of naval staff, commander of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, Service Force and the Naval Air Group.
Alanao is the second naval officer to head Centcom, after Rear Admiral Napoleon Baylon in 2001.
Alano said he plans to create a peaceful environment during his term.
He plans to adopt an approach that will be beneficial not only to the region, but to the whole country.