ILOILO City – The commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), Major General Dinoh Dolina, is retiring today, his 56th birthday.
Dolina is turning over his post to his Assistant Division Commander, Brigadier General Eric Vinoya.
The turnover will be in Camp Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
Camp Peralta is the headquarters of the 3ID.
For two years Dolina spearheaded the 3ID which covered Panay and Negros islands.
Vinoya’s post will be taken over by Brigadier General Alberto Desoyo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade based in Camp Hernandez, Dingle, Iloilo.
Under Dolina, the 3ID kept Western Visayas generally peaceful vis-à-vis the insurgency problem. Several rebels either surrendered or were captured.
Dolina intimated there was an offer for a government civilian post for him but he declined. He said he wanted to spend time with his family.
“Gusto ko munang mag-relax after years na nasa trabaho tayo. Gusto ko mag-spend ng time sa pamilya ko. Ilang taon na wala ako sa tabi nila dahil sa serbisyo sa ating taong bayan,” he told Panay News.
According to Dolina, he was “happy serving the Ilonggos.”
“I would like to thank lahat nang tumulong sa akin, included na ang media,” said Dolina.
He became the 3ID commander on Dec. 29, 2017. As then assistant division commander, he replaced the retiring Major General Jon Aying (now mayor of Saram Iloilo).
Dolina had been chief of the Army’s Office of the Legislative Affairs, General Headquarters.A native of Palo, Leyte, Dolina was a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1985 had two other brothers in the armed service.
His older brother was Police Chief Superintendent Asher Dolina, a graduate of PMA Class 1984 and Brigadier General Tirso Dolina, the Philippine Army chaplain.
Dolina was a seasoned combat officer who rose from the ranks, being a platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander, and later as brigade commander of the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Ormoc City, Leyte.
He had served various significant positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to include being Chief of Staff of the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command.
He was also the Chief of Morale and Welfare Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, J1, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army./PN