PMA Class of 1984 Appointed 5th ID Commander

MANILA, Aug. 23 (PNA) — Brig. Gen. Paul T. Atoll, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, was appointed commander of the Isabela-based 5th Infantry Division Monday.

He replaced Major Gen. Lysander A. Suerte who retired from the service early this month.

Prior his appointment to the 5th Infantry Division, Atal served as the assistant division commander of the 4th Infantry Division located in Mindanao.

During his stint, he supported his commander in the implementation of campaigns against the CPP-NPA; Bayanihan Team Activities; peace and development programs, like “One Nation for Peace” caravans; and disaster risk reduction programs, like OPLAN “Luwas Katawhan.”

He also served as a human rights officer, and later on as 503rd Infantry Brigade commander.

Atal also commanded the 75th Infantry Battalion and 38th Infantry Battalion, under the 6th Infantry Division.

He was awarded a Bronze Cross Medal in 2007 for the successful apprehension of the two suspects in the bombing of two malls in Tacurong City on December 2006 by the 75th Infantry Battalion.

Another testament to his good leadership is the Philippine Polytechnic University ROTC Unit’s recognition as the Best ROTC Unit in the whole country in 2002, under his guidance.

Atal was also one of the few general officers in the Philippine Army who has a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration.

With his strong leadership and dedication to public service, the 5th Infantry Division is expected to remain on track in helping achieve the goals of the Army Transformation Roadmap and the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan.” (PNA)