On March 18, 2017, Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista assumed office as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, since its establishment on May 5, 1936. He now becomes the 43th 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.
As a leader who believes in empowerment as blueprint of well-performing organizations, the new 1st Division Commander is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He was born on October 15, 1962 and takes his roots from Naguillian, La Union. He is married to former Ms. Shirley Ann Palma and is blessed with three sons and a daughter, namely: Ralph Simon, John Michael, Gabriel Matthew, and Marie Therese Anne.
His previously held assignments speak well of his virtuous leadership, excellent performance and conscientious dealings. He had assignments around the Philippines taking numerous positions and performing them well. Among the notable units he served are as Commander, 104 BDE, 1ID PA, Commander, JTFGENSAN, 10ID PA, Chief of Unified Command Staff in NOLCOM, AFP, and as Commander of the Presidential Security Group serving no less than the President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
He also held positions in Admin, Operations and Training and Development. He is an Infantry Officer, a Scout Ranger, a paratrooper and a trainer among others.
A recipient of a long list of rightfully earned awards and commendations, he truly sets the bar high for all Tabak Troopers to emulate.
His current task is not to be taken lightly, however, BGen. Bautista has all the necessary skills, trainings, experiences and leadership skills to keep the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army in performing at its best. Qualities which earn him the full trust and confidence of no less than the President, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is known to many an impartial leader, a man of few words but more of actions, and a loving head of the family. BGen. Bautista emboldens the 1st Division’s guiding principles of Loyalty, Integrity and Honesty.
During the Assumption Ceremony as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army on March 18, 2017, BGen. Bautista delivered his speech which serves as a guide for all TABAK Troopers on the duration of his stint as Commander.
BGen. Bautista is on Facebook at https://web.facebook.com/RollyBautistaAFP/.