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Negrense general named
WesMinCom deputy chief

Negrense Brig. Gen. Ademar Tomaro has been promoted to deputy commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom).

Tomaro, who is from Brgy. Tapi in Kabankalan City, said he will be the deputy of the newly-installed WesMinCom chief, Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, who is a member of the Philippine Marines.

The WesMinCom is based at the Camp General Navarro in Zamboanga City and it deals with terrorists and insurgents, including the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the break-away factions of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Tomaro, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1982, will turn over the Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade in Carmen, North Cotabato, reportedly to Col. Alan Arrojado.

Guerrero replaced Negrense Lt. Gen. Rey Ardo, who retired from the military service last month, upon reaching the mandatory age retirement of 56.

Military records show that Ardo, when he was 6th Infantry Division commander, and Tomaro, were among those instrumental in the signing of a framework agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government.

Before his designation as deputy commander of WesMinCom, Tomaro also served as the inspector general of the Army’s 5th and 6th Infantry Division, 6th Infantry Battalion commander, among other key Army positions.

On Monday, Maj. Gen. John Bonafos (PMA ’82) assumed command of the AFP Central Command in Cebu City. He replaced Air Force Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, who is now the AFP Western Command chief, the position vacated by Guerrero.

Other members of PMA Class 1982, who have been promoted to new positions, include Maj. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, 3rd Infantry Division commander, and Maj. Gen. Jet Belarmino, 8th Infantry Division commander, military records show.*GPB

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Startup Weekend begins

The First Startup Weekend Visayas hosted by the province of Negros Occidental will start today until Dec. 8, 2013 at University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City.

This 54-hour hackathon will be the venue for developers, designers, marketers, product managers and product enthusiasts to share their ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups, a press release from organizers said.

Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, executive director of Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology Inc. and the lead organizer of Startup Weekend Visayas, said that they are expecting more than a hundred potential entrepreneurs to participate in this event, the press release said.

The Startup Weekend principle is a “No talk all action” event, however, they allow only one speaker and for startup weekend Visayas it is Department of Science and Technology-ICTO Deputy Director Monchito Ibrahim, the press release said.

The Facilitator for Startup Weekend Visayas is the head of operations of Startup Weekend.Org Danielle Reyes, based in Seattle, USA.*

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Medical mission set
Sunday in church

The Daughters of Mary Immaculate Redemptorist Circle will hold a medical mission at the Redemptorist church grounds in Bacolod City from 6 to 11:30 a.m. on December 8 in celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a press release from organizers said.

Services to be rendered are electrocardiogram with cardiac evaluation, hepatitis B screening, urinalysis, bone density screening, blood sugar, blood cholesterol and Doppler peripheral artery disease detector, and the mission is open to the public, the press release also said.

The group is composed of doctors Bella Ramos-Benedicto, Lucy Iledan, Erlinda Delos Reyes, Cecilia Salvador, Hester Villanueva, Salve Jesena, Pureza Tañeza, and Chit Efren, with Msgr. Victorino Rivas as spiritual director. The outreach is supported by Dr. Nick Vargas, pharmaceutical companies, and Mila Olmedo, the press release added.*

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