By LT. COL RAY C TIONGSON (INFANTRY) PA
FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila - The Philippine Army has installed a first ever women officer in its engineering unit here on May 2, 2017.
Colonel Joselyn R. Bandarlipe was installed as new Army Chief Engineer who replaced Colonel Manuel C. Delgado who is due for retirement on July 6, 2017.
Colonel Bandarlipe is a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippine Officers Candidate School class of 1990. She is a graduate of Civil Engineering in 1986 at Divine World University and has a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She is also a former graduate of the Army's Enlisted Women Basic Course in 1988 and eventually joined the Officer Candidate Course after two years.
Prior to her current position, Colonel Bandarlipe formerly served as Chief of Staff of Army's 53rd Engineering Brigade based in the Visayas. She also served as Company Commander of 513th Engineering Combat Battalion; Assistant Chief of Staff of Education and Training, G8 of 53rd Engineering Brigade; Acting Commander Officer of 546th Engineering Combat Battalion; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of 51st Engineering Brigade; and Battalion Commander of 514th Engineering Combat Battalion.
Installing a woman officer in one of the Army's key positions is an opportunity to emphasize the gender equality in the organization especially those who meet the standards in accomplishing the mission.
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