Quezon City, Philippines? For being exceptional and service-oriented, the AFPEBSO’s Former Acting Chief/ General Manager LIEUTENANT COLONEL DANILO E ESTRAÑERO PA is among the nominees for 2015 Search for The Oustanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS).
The search is organized by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro to honor the career achievements and selfless sacrifices of the gallant men and women in the military.
Now with almost 25 years in service, LTC ESTRAÑERO exemplified a sterling career of service and excellence.
LTC ESTRAÑERO was the eldest of the four children and the only son of the late PACIFICO ESCAÑAN ESTRAÑERO, a tenant farmer and ESTRELLA ERA ESCULTURA, a housewife. Both his parents were not able to complete their elementary education. He was born on September 7, 1972 in Igbaras, Iloilo. He finished his elementary education at Igbaras Central Elementary School as Third Honors, and his secondary education at the then Igbaras High School as Valedictorian, through the support of a benevolent townmate working in the U.S. For lack of financial resources in college, he decided to shift from being a working student while studying as an engineering student in Mapua, to a Philippine Military Academy cadet in 1990. In April 1991, barely a year in PMA, he and his three sisters were orphaned when their father died of cardiac arrest. Graduating in the Dean’s List in PMA in 1994 (number 10 out of 241 cadets in the last term of Academic Year 1993-1994), he volunteered to join the Philippine Army and be assigned in Western Mindanao.
Specializing in field artillery where he graduated Nr 4 out of 20 students in his Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, he was initially assigned with the 32nd Infantry Battalion in Zamboanga Peninsula, before he finally devoted most of his field assignment years in the 9th Field Artillery Battalion’s units in Basilan where he successfully contributed to the success of many high profile military operations in the area. Realizing that he needs to continue learning so that he can help provide solutions to long-existing problems such as the operational readiness of artillery units, and contribute more to the Army, the AFP, and the country, he took up further schoolings. He graduated Nr 1 out of 29 students in Psychological Operations Course in 1999. He took up other military schoolings within the country and abroad such as his Combat Officer’s Advance Course (Field Artillery) in Australia in 2005. He also complemented these with civilian schoolings available in the country and abroad (most of these are through scholarships) such as a master’s degree in DLSU-Manila where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007, and another successful master’s degree at Duke University in North Carolina, U.S.A. in 2010 through the Rotary Foundation. From the vast knowledge he learned and from the experiences he earned, he was an outstanding contributor in many ways to the Philippine Army, the AFP and the country through combat support operations, doctrine development, training, research and special studies, various innovations, and good leadership and management of units. Wherever his assignments were, whether in the country or abroad, whether official or just an opportunity to serve, whether in combat or non-combat roles, he has left significant contributions. Among others, he has contributed to the extensive rebuild and repair of the Army’s 105mm howitzers to upgrade the field artillery capabilities, the creation of the Army Artillery Regiment as an institutionalized solution to perennial artillery concerns, the expansion of the country’s peacekeeping roles, the improvement in the individual and unit trainings of both Army and AFP units/offices, and the completion of several Army and AFP Manuals that earned him many awards and recognitions including an Outstanding Achievement Medal and a Distinguished Service Star.
His community involvement and services ranged from CMO activities in the Zamboanga Peninsula, speaking engagement/lectures within the country and abroad, volunteering in local and international activities to address calamities and other concerns, engaging Rotarians in the country and abroad, caring for more than 4,000 AFP scholars nationwide – most of whom are soldiers’ orphans, and conducting key activities intended to strengthen and sustain stakeholders’ support for the education of soldiers’ orphans.
He is happily married to the former Genevieve Gicole and is blessed with two daughters.