Lt. Gen. Arthur I. Tabaquero: The Team Builder

A soft-spoken person with a fatherly figure, one could not immediately notice that he is one of the top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In fact, Lt. Gen. Arthur I. Tabaquero, the commander of the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command, is a humble fellow and he is fond to mingle with his men and other people from all walks of life.

Tabaquero, a product of Philippine Military Academy (Makatarungan) Class of 1978, is a man of few words. He believes in the saying that goes, “actions speak louder than words.” He lets his deeds do the talking.

With less than a year after his assignment at Eastmincom on November 19, 2010, he has already proved his worth.

But he does not act on his own alone. He wants to involve everybody. He is a team builder himself. His initiative in tapping the help of government agencies and non-government organizations in improving military facilities is a thing that should have to be commended.

Just recently, the provincial government of Maguindanao through Gov. Esmael “Toto” G. Mangudadatu and North Cotabato through Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza donated cash assistance for the improvement of the wards of the Camp Panacan Station Hospital.

Tabaquero also continued to look after the welfare of the soldiers and their respective families by providing them technical education, livelihood projects, among others.

Before being assigned at Eastmincom, he has a short stint at the National Capital Region Command. But this was before his more than years stay as commander of the 8th Infantry Division based in Leyte.

As division commander, he also initiated the renovation and construction of a lot of facilities, inside and outside the division headquarters, including the station hospital, training facilities, Welness Center and other sport facilities for the welfare and general well-being of the personnel.

Tabaquero is a well-rounded boss. His leadership improved administrative processes and support system of his field units in order to raise the level of morale of his men.

“We made them feel that we care for them. We took the responsibility of looking after their welfare and keeping their spirits high so that our soldiers are always motivated and inspired to perform their duties and responsibilities to he best of their abilities,” he was quoted as saying.

He also promotes the policy on transparency, especially on the utilization and management. “We embraced transparency to make sure that our limited resources are judiciously used to support all our administrative and operational pursuits which were geared for the accomplishment of our mission.”

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