May-December 2012

Commandant and Department Head
UP Diliman ROTC

BRIGADIER GENERAL SILVINO ANG ALCABASA JR AFP is the 42nd Commandant of the University of the Philippines – Diliman ROTC Unit. His designation as Commandant of Cadets, of the UP Diliman Department of Military Science and Tactics began on 16 May 2012.  His promotion to brigadier general was officially announced on 22 October 2012 by then AFP Chief General Jessie Dellosa. He is concurrently the 17th Brigade Commander of the premier 51st Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army which he assumed command on 24 February 2011. Prior to his assumption, he was the Deputy of the Office of the Chief Engineer, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

BGen ALCABASA was born in Biňan, Laguna on 26 June 1959. He is happily married to the former Ms Benilda Chua and their union is blessed with a son and a daughter, Alan Jason 23 and Alene Joy 13.

He is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandigan” class of 1982.  He finished his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of thePhilippines, Diliman,Quezon City on 02 Apr 1989 and passed the licensure examination for Civil Engineers.

BGen ALCABASA underwent several military schoolings and trainings starting with the Scout Ranger Course in 1982. This continued with the following training programs: Basic Airborne Course; Engineer Officer Basic Course at Philippine Army Training Command where he ranked number 5; Engineer Officer Advance Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, USA where he ranked number 6; Method Study Analysis Course at Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army; Project Management Course and Integrated Logistics Support Course in Australia in 1997 and 1999, respectively; Command and General Staff Course at Command and General Staff College, Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army and Masters in National Security Administration at National Defense College of the Philippines.

He started his colorful military career with the 52nd Engineer Brigade as Company Commander of Charlie Company, 545ECB. From then on he held several designations at The Engineer School, Training Command, Philippine Army from 1991 to 1995. At a later time, he became the Chief, Architectural and Engineering Branch, Office of the Army Chief of the Engineers, Chief, Base Development Division, OJ4 at General Headquarters, Chief Engineering Branch, G4, PA and subsequently became the Executive Officer of G4, PA.

With his 32 years in the military service, he earned various awards and decorations which include: CG,PA award; Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal and Ribbon; Luzon and Visayas Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medals and Ribbons; Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal; Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Operation Ribbon; Combat Commander “ Kagitingan” Badge; Martial Law Citation Badge; PRPU Citation Badge; Military Merit Medal; Military Commendation Medal; Military Civic Action Medal; Outstanding Instructor Award; Instructor Badge; Long Service Medal; Outstanding Achievement Medal, and “Gawad sa Kaunlaran”. He also received a Certificate of Academic Excellence from MGEN JOE BALLARD,USA, CG, USAE, a Certificate of Achievement fromSATFA,USA, TRADOC and Distinguished Graduate from COL WAYNE M BARTH, US ARMY, Chief JUSMAG, and a recipient of numerous Letters of Commendation. -51st Engineering Brigade Philippine Army website

The Commandant’s thrust for the year is to propel the UPD ROTCU to heights of excellence in the fields of military and disaster & relief operations. His keen and constant communication with the different heads in the University not only establishes good relationships, but aims to keep ROTC as an invaluable course for students.