Army head assures Bohol of well disciplined troops
by Rey Anthony Chiu
Tagbilaran City (28 September) -- "DISCIPLINE is non-negotiable."
IF to assure Boholanos that he would be commanding a well-disciplined troops, newly installed 302nd Infantry Brigade Commander, Col. Cesar Yano hints that troop discipline comes basic in his leadership style.
Speaking over a radio program Wednesday, the younger brother of the country's Army Commanding General said before he puts himself in the Bohol template against insurgency, he would make sure that his troops are well disciplined.
Col. Yano's statement came in the wake debts and other civil obligations that some members of the army units leave in Bohol as their re-assignments come.
Moreover, Bohol has also heard about sad tales of rural folks regarding abusive troop members, prompting locals to keep their distance and let the military units fight the war against insurgency on their own.
Stressing anew that the fight against insurgency could not be solved by pure military intervention, Col Yano said the military would work and coordinate closely with all the sectors and government agencies.
To make sure that he could link with the communities, the new army commander shared to the Boholanos his phone contacts so he could immediately respond to complaints of abusive troops in the field.
Observers asked to comment on the commander's statements said he has hinted that the army would have to build as strong rapport with communities, so that troop discipline would be key to the task.
According to the young colonel who hails from Dipolog but traces his roots to Siquijor, he is no stranger to commanding field units. He was then assigned as field commander of the army units in Surigao del Sur before he was pulled out for duty at the general headquarters.
Col. Yano's assumption would also put on his shoulders the burden of commanding units in Bohol and in nearby Cebu island.
He took over the command of the 302nd Infantry Brigade based in Katipunan Carmen, last September 8, 2007 after former army commander Col. Jess Dellosa took on another key assignment as commandant of the country's premier military training school, the Philippine Military Academy.
Col. Yano's statements also came after his elder brother, Army Commanding General Alexander Yano spoke at the joint Provincial Peace and Order council Meeting.
Gen. Yana said ha has always emphasized in all his units the back-to-basics principles, where discipline is the building block.
"We are fighting our brothers, so we have to be disciplined ourselves to establish rapport not only with civilians but even civil government and other sectors of the society. For discipline is a very important aspect that I reminded our troops," he said.
Further more, both army officers cited leadership by example as key to his troop's building rapport in the communities. (PIA) [top]