Major General Roberto T Ancan, AFP assumed office as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, on February 7, 2019, replacing Maj. Gen. Roseller G Murillo AFP, who compulsory retired from the service. Since its establishment on May 5, 1936, Brig. Gen. Ancan now becomes the 45th Commander among the lineage of noble Officers to lead the unit tasked to serve the communities and protect the land in its Area of Responsibility in Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province and Misamis Oriental.
The new 1st Division Commander hails from the province of Victorias, Negros Occidental and is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Hinirang” Class of 1987. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in training, operations and managerial acumen. He is a graduate of Master in Management Major in Public Management.
Earlier in his military career, he was a platoon leader of the 11th and 66th Infantry Battalion, Company Commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR), Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He also rendered service on training as Course Directors in Scout Ranger Training School in Mindanao and Combat Arms School, Training and Doctrine Command.
Maj. Gen. Ancan also served at management branch of Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations G7, and Personnel G1 of the FSRR, SOCOM. He also became the Commanding Officer of the 66th and the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division.
His previous assignments speak well of his leadership by example, excellent performance and remarkable influence, which put him in various sensitive key positions as Commander of the AFP Peace Keeping Operations. Chief of Staff of the FSRR, SOCOM, PA and the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan Capiz.
Prior to his new post, he was the commander of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade based in Malungon, Sarangani.
A recipient of a long list of rightfully earned awards and commendations, the highest of which is the Distinguished Service Star that sets the bar high for all Tabak Troopers to emulate.