Author: OG7 1st ID, PA

The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division led by its Commander, Brig. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo, spearheaded the 3rd Regional Youth Leadership Summit with the theme: “Youth of Today, Our Partner for a Positive Activism” hosted by the province of Lanao del Norte led by Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, on October 5-9, 2017 at the Mindanao Civic Center, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

“The Philippine Government is initiating Anti-Terrorism Program to end radicalization and extremism for a better and peaceful society. Anti-Terrorism is a collective effort of the whole community,” said BGen. Murillo.

“The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte is doing its own little way in preserving and protecting the interests of the youth by promoting sports and other essential activities that would foster unity among all residents of the province,” said Gov. Quibranza-Dimaporo.

The 92 participants were composed of selected youth leaders from Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Iligan City.

“The development of the youth sector is one of the priority program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). This activity aims to engage the youth to become responsible citizens and advocates of the government’s peace and development initiatives,” BGen. Murillo said.

The various activities of the 5-day summit enhance the youth’s awareness of their integral role in nation-building by instilling in them the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and social responsibility. The activities instilled among the participants a critical understanding of themselves and their responsibilities, and encouraged them to recommend and implement programs in close partnership with local Government units.

“This activity had inculcated the role of youth in nation-building, developed their potential as leaders and increase youth support and confidence to the AFP and government,” BGen. Murillo said.

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OPPAP reports: “In partnership with the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) provided a foothold on youth empowerment as it continues its early recovery program through a three-day Inter-Camp Peace and Leadership Training held in Linamon near Iligan City last October 4 to 6.”

Read more at https://peace.gov.ph/2017/10/maranao-youth-leaders-pledge-peacebuilders-marawi-rise/.

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The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division took an active participation in the Inter-Camp Peace and Leadership Training for Marawi youth leaders with the theme: “Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan,” an initiative of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Teach Peach Build Peace Movement, on October 4-6, 2017 at a beach resort in Lanao del Norte.

With 26 participants aged 13 to 30 years old selected from evacuation centers in Iligan City, the youth camp is aimed at capacitating the youth in their role and responsibility in peace building, environment stewardship and camp management.

The activity is part of OPAPP’s implementation of community-based comprehensive peace process program to demonstrate the government’s commitment to achieving just and lasting peace. In partnership with the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, participants were provided seminars on basic orientation on peace, conflict and violence, holistic understanding of the culture of peace, dialogue as a pathway to conflict resolution, creative outlets such as arts and dance, agenda planning and formation of organization for youth evacuees.

“Anchored on the OPAPP’s Early Recovery and Rehabilitation Program, the three-day Inter-Camp Peace and Leadership Training is a key strategy to further strengthen and legitimize the youths’ participation and leadership in their early recovery and in preparation for their return to their communities of origin. Specifically, this activity aims to equip them with basic peacebuilding knowledge and skills, further explore their capacities and role in peacebuilding and early recovery, assist them in coming up with peacebuilding and early recovery strategies and solutions, and rebuild social networks of internally displaced youths as part of return and settlement strategies.,” said Kriselle Marie Aquino of OPPAP.

Teach Peace Build Peace, a non-government organization with a mission of making every Filipino child and youth a peace builder, is composed of an expanding network of active and empowered young generations of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups who are working together as prime movers in building a culture of peace.

“We are utilizing an intergenerational approach on peace education, servant leadership and on the implementation of innovative and creative strategies: Music, Arts, Games, Sports and Community Service,” Sumndad-Usman said.

The participants were trained on various interactive activities that provide interfaith and intercultural dialogues and are designed to develop the values of compassion, service to others, empowerment, equality, respect and understanding. “This is the very foundation of a just and peaceful society where every individual practices peace as a way of life,” Sumndad-Usman said.

“The approach of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement is: we have to Teach Peace to build a Culture of Peace. We have to build a Culture of Peace to create different generations of peace builders toward our goal of a just and peaceful society,” Sumndad-Usman said.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operation (G7) of 1ID, provided guidance in crafting the activity program content. He was also a resource speaker representing Joint Task Force Marawi.

After providing an overview of the current situation of the crisis, Lt. Col. Herrera challenged the participants in taking part on positive activism in rebuilding Marawi. He emphasized that the youth should “dream for themselves and for Marawi” taking on the Maranao culture and heritage of unity and bravery.

Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commanding General of the Philippine Army said: “As we continue to build strong partnerships with various civilian organizations, this is one of the initiatives of your Joint Task Force Marawi to ensure that the youth children displaced by the crisis in Marawi City are given adequate community support for peace building programs.”

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FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Major General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, the former Commander of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and Joint Task Force Marawi is installed as the new Philippine Army Commanding General in a Change of Command Ceremony held here on October 5, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Bautista assumed as the 59th Commanding General of the Philippine Army, replacing Lieutenant General Glorioso V. Miranda who is set to retire on October 8, 2017.

The Change of Command Ceremony was presided by the President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Roa Duterte with the Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo M. Año.

Philippine Army Headquarters based officers, soldiers, and civilian employees were also present while a full military honor was rendered to welcome the new Army Chief.

During his assumption speech, Maj. Gen. Bautista said: “To the officers and men whom I call as the liberators of Marawi, I would like to attribute my designation as CG, PA to all of you. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo ay hindi ko makukuha ang position na ito. Buong puso kong tatanawin itong utang na loob hanggang sa magretiro ako. Maraming salamat at Mabuhay ang Marawi warriors and liberators. God bless us all.”

Maj. Gen. Bautista is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

A Scout Ranger, an Infantry Officer, a trainer and a paratrooper among others, Maj. Gen. Bautista has advance training in the United States, and a graduate of Counter Urban Terrorist Operations Course.

Prior to his appointment as the Commander of the 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Bautista ed the Presidential Security Group in 2016. He was the Commander of the Joint Task Force Gensan in 2013 and 104th Brigade, 1ID in 2014.

Serving in the Army for more than 32 years now, Maj. Gen. Bautista is a recipient of numerous awards including a Bronze Cross Medal, Distinguished Service Stars, Military Merit Medals, and Military Commendation Medals.

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The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division conducted the Change of Command ceremonies presided by Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año at the main battle area in Marawi City on October 6, 2017.

The commander post of the division was turned over to Brigadier General Roseller Murillo by Major General Rolly Bautista, who assumed office as Philippine Army Commanding General in a simple ceremony without fancy decorations except rubbles of falling debris from destroyed buildings in the war torn city.

Even as the Tabak Troopers in Kuta Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur have been holding rehearsals in over a week, the gorund commandesr chose the main battle area as the venue for the ceremony to demonstrate their full support in directly supervising the ground troops fighting to liberate Marawi from the hands of terrorist for almost five months now.

The turn over ceremony was one of a kind where burst of 105 howitzer cannons, guns fires were heard at a short distance.

“We are so fortunate to have witnessed this event seeing two leaders showing humility in exchanging oath of office at the main battle area. They are leaving a legacy of leadership by example worth to be cherished and emulated in the service of the people and protecting the land,” said Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff (G7) of the 1st Division.

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Frances G. Mangosing of Inquirer.net reports: “Fresh from war-torn Marawi City, Major Gen. Rolando Bautista is set to take the helm at the 85,000-strong Philippine Army (PA) after President Rodrigo Duterte signed his appointment papers on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a text message to INQUIRER.net.”

Read more at http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/935558/psg-afp-army-chief-major-general-rolando-bautista.

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Carmela Fonduena of rappler.com reports: “It’s a fast rise for Major General Rolando Bautista under President Rodrigo Duterte. He is the overall commander of military operations in Marawi, where troops are fighting local terror groups linked with ISIS.”

Read more at https://www.rappler.com/nation/184256-new-army-chief-general-bautista?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nation

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Major General Rolando Bautista, Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Marawi is set to take the highest position in the 90,000-strong Philippine Army as its 59th Commanding General.

Maj. Gen. Bautista, who has been the hands-on ground commander of focused military operations against terrorists in Marawi City, will replace Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda on October 5, 2017.

The new Army chief personally supervised the deployment of troops in the battle zone as well as non-battle military activities in the Marawi periphery since day 1 of the crisis on May 23, 2017.

He assumed office in March 2017 as the 46th Commander of the 1st Division, which includes Marawi City in its jurisdiction. 1st ID’s area of operation covers the Zamboanga peninsula, Lanao provinces, Misamis Oriental, Basilan and Sulu.

He was chosen as Commander of the Presidential Security Group upon the assumption to office of President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2016.

A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, his tours of duty around the country include various Commander positions of 73rd Infantry Battalion in Davao, 104th Infantry Brigade in Basilan and Sulu, 10th Infantry Division’s Joint Task Force General Santos, and Chief of Unified Command Staff in Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command.

“Together with the men and women of your Philippine Army, I am truly grateful for this privilege to serve our people and protect our land,” MGen. Bautista said.

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The Social Media Management Training Class 01-2017 of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division finally held its closing ceremony in Marawi City on October 3, 2017.

The 70 participants composed of enlisted personnel, officers and civilian volunteers were on the second day of the training when the Marawi crisis broke out on May 23, 2017.

They eventually became the core personnel of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Information Operations cell.

Their primary task was to manage the social media properties of the Army in Marawi City.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, chief of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Civil-Military Operations Coordinating Center who led the information operations proudly presented the graduates to Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Marawi.

“While our troops engage the terrorist in actual combat operations on the ground, the digital team was also waging a different kind of battle on the internet,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, in his keynote message said: “We have successfully reached out to the public via social media with clear strategy and planning. We will continue to sustain the gains of these initiatives aimed at reaching significant potentials in bringing a positive and enhanced image of our organization.”

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