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Ricardo Ramoran Visaya is a retired Filipino soldier who served as the 47th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was the Commanding General of the AFP Southern Luzon Command from September 8, 2014 to July 1, 2016.[2] He was also the former assistant division commander of 6th Infantry Division and former commander of the 4th Infantry Division. He is part of the Matikas Class of the Philippine Military Academy of 1983.[3]

Ricardo Visaya
Ricardo Visaya (cropped).jpg
47th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
In office
July 1, 2016 – December 7, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byLt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda (acting)
Succeeded byGen. Eduardo Año
Commanding General of AFP Southern Luzon Command
In office
September 8, 2014 – July 1, 2016
Commander of 4th Infantry Division, PA
In office
April 25, 2013 – September 8, 2014
Personal details
Ricardo Ramoran Visaya

(1960-12-08) December 8, 1960 (age 58)[1]
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Alma materPhilippine Military Academy
AwardsPHL Distinguished Service Star BAR.png Distinguished Service Star
PHL Gawad Sa Kaunlaran.gif Gawad sa Kaunlaran
PHL Bronze Cross.gif Bronze Cross Medal
PHL Military Merit Medal.gif Military Merit Medal
PHL Silver Wing Medal ribbon bar.png Silver Wing Medal
PHL Military Commendation.gif Military Commendation Medal
PHL Sagisag Ulirang Kawal.gif Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Army
Years of service1983–2016
RankGeneral General
UnitChief of Staff, AFP
Southern Luzon Command
69IB, 6ID, PA
104IB, 1ID, PA
901IB, 9ID, PA
Battles/warsCPP-NPA-NDF rebellion
Moro conflict
Philippine Drug War

On March 7, 2017, Visaya was appointed as National Irrigation Administration chief after Peter T. Laviña resign from his post a week prior.[4]

Early life and educationEdit

Ricardo Visaya was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. It's also where he finished elementary and secondary education. He entered Philippine Military Academy in 1979 and graduated in 1983.[1][2]

Military careerEdit


Visaya's education and training include:[3]

  • Philippine Military Academy "Matikas" Class, 1983
  • Scout Ranger Regular Course
  • Intelligence Officer Basic Course
  • Infantry Basic Course
  • Infantry Officer Advance Course
  • Tradecraft for Trainor’s Course
  • Electronic Warfare Officer Course
  • Contract Management Course
  • Executive Course on Security Studies in Hawaii, USA
  • Command General Staff Course at the Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army
  • Pacific Army Management Seminar in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Professional Managers Program, Ateneo University
  • Financial Statement Analysis, University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Masters in Project Management, Australian Defense Force, Canberra, Australia


Visaya's awards include:[3]


  1. ^ a b "Col Gen Ricardo Visaya Biography". All Partners Access Network. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "THE GALLANT ILOCANO, Lt Gen Ricardo Visaya, 47th AFP Chief of Staff". DWDD. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Southern Luzon Command's Lt. Gen. Visaya eyed as next AFP chief". Bicol Standard. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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