The Nueva Ecija IT Summit held at Palayan City Business Hub last January 24-25, 2019 covered a talk on Defending our Country’s Cyber Space given by AFP Cyber Command Group Operations Manager, Major Gil P. Tario II.

As Major Tario II discussed the AFP’s effort and milestones in cyber defense, a proud NIAn stirs up in me eventhough never in the talk was Admin Visaya’s name ever mentioned. I have in mind that RRV had initiatives in this national effort on cybersecurity. Being able to serve as the 47th AFP Chief of Staff of the Philippines, RRV recognized the need for AFP to take advance steps towards information superiority which shall greatly increase our combat power, brought about by that with rapid technological advancements.

GEN RICARDO R VISAYA had also played the presiding co-chair with Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. in a Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) between AFP and US Pacific Command, thus ensured the continued, robust relations between the U.S. and Philippine militaries and highlighted the enduring commitment of both countries to the U.S.-Philippine Alliance.

During his appointment as AFP Chief, ‘he confidently assured that insurgency in the regions was already being dealt with and that conflicts in all provinces will be declared manageable in five years.’

Despite several issues raised against his confirmation, the Commission on Appointments did not opposed his confirmation. Similar to his current program implementations as NIA Administrator in finding smooth delivery of irrigation services for the Filipino people in the realization of the Agency’s mission, it has been RRV’s trademark in establishing an active coordination with partner agencies for possible joint programs and/or service realization, in the former case, with Philippine National Police, as he commit his men to work utmost in the achievement of the set goals.

"As he commits the services of his men, he also request the cooperation of the people being served, which shows that he acknowledge that success cannot be done by one party only."