Lt. Col. Carlito Galvez
POSITION AND AFFILIATION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Assistant Chief of Staff
Civil Military Operations, G7,
2nd Infantry Division (ID)
ARTICULATED VISION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Promotion of Peace, Security, and Development in Southern Tagalog
“People in the community ask: ‘When is this useless war going to an end?’ Before, I was groping for an answer, but now in the 2nd ID we got a solution—by ‘Winning the hearts and minds of the people’ through awakening, education, empowerment and community development.”
As the Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (CMO) G7, of the 2nd Infantry Division (and even during his stint as the Assistant Chief), Lt. Col. Galvez addresses the insurgency problem in Southern Tagalog Region not with traditional military combat operations, but through more collaborative, peaceful means. With the 2nd ID, he seeks to facilitate convergence and active inter-agency participation in the Government’s counter-insurgency efforts in order to promote peace in the communities and make the area conducive to progress and development. Among the achievements of the 2nd ID toward this end include the facilitation of fora/dialogue for peace and order among various sectors of the community, the training and empowerment of Barangays, and the facilitation of collaboration between the PNP and the Local Government.
Among Lt. Col. Galvez’ educational attainments are his Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of New South Wales in Australia and Leadership Executive Education from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2006, he was a recipient of the prestigious United States Eisenhower Fellowship Multination Program and got the opportunity to meet emerging leaders from the United States and other parts of the world. As part of the military, he has received numerous awards which include the Distinguished Service Star (the Highest AFP administration award), six combat Gold Cross Medals and eight combat Bronze Cross Medals. He was named as one of Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in 2006, an honor conferred by Her Excellency, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.