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To bring the Division closer to the people primarily to the communities in Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province and Misamis Occidental and to manifest its ability to trend with technological developments, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army formally launched TEAMTABAK.COM, the Division’s official online presence along with vigorous initiatives in strengthening its social media properties during the Media Fellowship event at Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The digital innovations on the Internet have offered new opportunities in reaching more people to promote TABAK’s advocacies efficiently. “We recognize that the Internet is an efficient platform to disseminate information about what we do – serving the community and protecting the land – for a wider reach anytime, anywhere. The Internet does not only allow us to have better access to knowledge and information, but it also facilitates easier and faster connection with others around the World. It opens up an entirely different venue for communication and dialogue between our organization and the people we serve. We intend to harness this power of the Internet in today’s digital environment,” said BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

BGEN BAUTISTA said TEAMTABAK.COM would also allow an easier alignment not only to the TABAK Division’s mission but also to higher headquarters of the Philippine Army. While keeping its constituents informed, TEAMTABAK.COM can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will also allow the Division to reach more people not only in the Philippines, but also global communities all over the world.

“A vital asset for information support in our operations, TEAMTABAK.COM will give a better appreciation to effectively and efficiently address interests, issues and challenges in carrying out the Division’s mission,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

“We are able to establish a platform that would make communications easier and paint a picture of what TABAK really is as we reach and engage more people in the digital world, our website would pave way to a meaningful form of communication to our Brigades and other AFP and PNP units, the local media, and other agencies and stakeholders,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

“Information dissemination is one of our objectives in creating TEAMTABAK.COM as we are more open through posting projects of the division. Over the years, we have conducted several medical and dental missions, and other community service activities that reached out to barangays in our area of operation. Through these, we are able to change the mindset of the general public that we, soldiers can do good; we are able to change what we are perceived to be,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

With about 60% of the Philippine’s population now accessing the Internet, it is imperative to establish an online presence for the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division. As a valuable information dissemination asset to its organization, TEAMTABAK.COM can provide a real-time visualization of press releases, news and updates element for the media and will be available to anyone as a community platform. TEAMTABAK.COM will feature content not only about the military but about the community that the TABAK Division serves.

In the video presentation of TEAMTABAK.COM launching with the theme: “Strength in Online Presence, Enhancing Digital Media Capability,” it was stated that the new website will showcase “the Division’s best efforts toward the achievement of the Armed Forces of the Philippine’s Ultimate Vision: A World-Class Armed Forces and Source of National Pride.”

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As part of its efforts to strengthen relationships with the local media, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, held a Media Fellowship and Funshoot event at Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

51 media practitioners from various organizations in Ozamis, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur Oroquita and Calamba areas participated in the events.

The activities aim to boost the camaraderie and enhance relationships between the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army and the Tabak Division Press Corps (TPDC-ATR Champion) members and also to increase the number of stakeholders’ engagement.

Cris Llamon of Pagadian-based media organization ABS/TV 24/ITVN and president of the TABAK Press Corps (TPDC-ATR Champion) said: “We are very thankful to the TABAK Division for spearheading this event. The Division can count on the TABAK Press Corps to support the Division’s initiatives in serving the people and protecting the land.”

During the event, the media group also formally announced its resolution to support the policies and thrust of the new Division Commander, BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

The event also highlighted the launching of the Division’s official online presence, TEAMTABAK.COM along with its vigorous initiatives in strengthening its social media properties.

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(Update: 7:57 AM, April 23, 2017)

As part of continuous focused military operations in Lanao Province in accordance to the President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to destroy local terrorist groups, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division/Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN conducted focused military operations in Piagapo Complex, Lanao del Sur starting midnight of April 21, 2017.

The operations resulted to a series of encounters between the operating troops of 103rd Infantry Brigade under 1st Infantry Division/JTF ZAMPELAN and undetermined number of local terrorist group members starting 1:00AM of the next day (April 22, 2017).

According to BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, coordination with the community and local government units paved the way to pinpoint the location of terrorist groups in Lanao del Sur.

At around 5:45AM today (April 23, 2017), intense firefight between the operating troops and local terrorist groups  took place in the area and still ongoing as of this report.

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PAGADIAN CITY, April 20, 2017 – The Battalion Commanders’ Symposium (BCS) 2017 – WESTMINCOM leg, with the theme: “Competent and Dynamic Battalion Commanders, Key to Success of the AFP Development Service Support Plan (DSSP)”, was held at Mardale Hotel and Convention Center, Pagadian City on April 18 – 20, 2017.

The first BCS conducted by the Headquarters Philippine Army this year, this event was spearheaded by the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division to instill upon the battalion commanders on their critical role in advancing the Commander-in-Chief’s directives as stated in the AFP Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan”; and to update them on the current Command’s initiatives and programs in support to the AFP’s mission.

Participants of the BCS 2017 included 61 Battalion Commanders from Combat, Combat Support, and Combat Service Support Units from 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division.

The three-day symposium included talks and lectures of resource speakers from the military and civilian sectors.

Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, who provided insights as a Local Chief Executive, emphasized that one way to effectively develop a community is to engage with various government agencies. He also encouraged the battalion commanders to maintain robust relationships with the local government units and support for the success of their development initiatives, which also contribute to the fulfilment of the Army’s duties and responsibilities.

BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA, Commander, 1st Infantry Division shared his insights on the role of the military in community development. He said that in addition to their tasks to maintain peace and security, military units must commit to contribute to the development of their community or area of responsibility. “Once we are given a task, we go for gold and always do our best”, he said.

LTGEN CARLITO G GALVEZ JR, AFP, Commander, Western Mindanao Command provided inspiration to the participants when he described the WESTMINCOM based battalion commanders as the “best among the bests”. He challenged them to level up and explore as leaders who should “go to where they have never been before.”

The arrival of Commanding General, Philippine Army, LTGEN GLORIOSO V MIRANDA, AFP highlighted the final day of BCS 2017. He motivated the battalion commanders in his keynote message: “Being a soldier is never easy. It will remain difficult but one has to accomplish its mission at any cost while putting the welfare of every soldier at the top. Soldiers must develop the ability to learn, to remember, and most importantly to adopt. For soldiers to succeed, they should never stop to imagine and think. Thay should always look forward and anticipate things.”

The CGPA also assured that the Headquarters Philippine Army is always open for the battalion’s concerns.

The Battalion Commander’s Symposium is a yearly program to update its Battalion Commanders on the current policies and thrust of the Philippine Army. The symposium was also a venue where the participants had the opportunity to discuss critical issues and strategies as well as best practices in peace and development.

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Pagadian City, April 9, 2017 – The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division joined Zamboanga del Sur’s celebration of “Araw ng Kagitingan (Philippine Day of Valor)” at Pagadian City Hall grounds on April 9, 2017. “The Day of Valor” is observed annually in the Philippines on April 9 as a national holiday to commemorate the fall of Bataan during World War II.

BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTSTA AFP, Tabak Division Commander said in his keynote message in Filipino: “Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-75 taon ng Araw ng Kagitingan na may temang: “Parangal sa mga Beterano, Tungo sa Bayan na Nararapat sa mga Pilipino, mga Pilipino na Nararapat sa Bayan”, maipakikita natin kung paano tayo magiging karapat dapat sa kasarinlang tinatamasa natin ngayon at kung paano natin dapat ihandog ang ating mga sarili sa pagtulong sa bayan sa abot ng ating makakaya.” (In celebrating the 75th year of the Day of Valor with the theme: “Recognizing the War Veterans Towards a Worthy Country for Filipinos, Filipinos Worthy for the Country,” we can show how we can be deserving for the independence we enjoy today and how we can offer ourselves in helping our country.)

Acknowledging the World War II veterans present in the celebration, BGen. Bautista said in Filipino: “Salamat po, aming mga bayani sa inyong pakikipaglaban sa panahon ng digmaan. Ipagpapatuloy namin ang inyong ipinaglaban kaya naman kami ngayon ay may sariling bayang pinaglilingkuran. Lumaban kayo noon upang kami ngayon ay mabuhay ng mapayapa. Maraming salamat sa inyong gabay at inspirasyon tungo sa isang mapayapa at maunlad na bayang pilipinas. (We are grateful to you, our heroes, for what you have done during the times of war. We will continue what you have fought for. Because of what you have done, we now have our own country to serve. You fought then so that we can live peacefully today. Thank you for your guidance and inspiration toward a peaceful and progressive Philippines.”

Taking on this year’s celebration theme, BGen. Bautista said in Filipino: “Tayo ang mga bagong bayani sa henerasyon ngayon dahil nagbibigay tayo ng mga serbisyo para sa kapapayaan ng ating bansa. Ating tatandaan, kahit ano ang posisyon sa gobyerno o isang ornidaryong mamamayan, tayo ay pwedeng tawaging bayani kung nanaisin natin. (We are the new heroes in this present generation because we provide services to maintain peace in our land. Let us always remember that whatever position we have in the government or even if we are ordinary citizens, we can also be called hero if we have the desire to become one.”)

Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles challenged the audience to take on the inspiration of veterans who gave priceless sacrifices during World War II. “Without them, there is no Philippines,” Cerilles said.

Pagadian City Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones stressed in his message that “The Day of Valor” epitomizes the legacy of Filipino’s courage and determination. “It speaks of our country and the qualities of its leaders who are deserving to Filipinos and Filipinos deserving of their country. These qualities are still in our hearts and minds. If we dig enough until we realize the sacredness of our heritage, we will see the glory and wonder of the promise of the Filipino vision,” Pulmones said.

Pagadian City Vice Mayor Ernesto A. Mondarte said the courage in the hearts of our soldiers today allows our flag, which symbolizes our dignity, to fly freely and makes our country secured and peaceful. “We celebrate the Filipino’s courage to protect our birthplace and courage which stood for compassion even in the face of violence,” Mondarte said.

Claudio R. Porio, District Commander of 1st Zamboanga Del Sur Veterans District said: “Araw ng Kagitingan commemorates the heroism of Filipinos and American soldiers. It is an important event that reminds us of our duty to fight for liberty against invaders. Let everyone become a part of what our heroes have fought for. I challenge every Filipino of this generation to be vigilant against foreign invader and keep the flames of patriotism. Everyone can be a hero even by a simple act of bringing smile to our fellow countrymen.”

Other officials of Pagadian City including the City Council and representatives from Zamboanga del Sur Philippine National Police Provincial Office (PRO9) and the Department of Local Government also participated in the program and the laying of floral offerings at the Veteran’s Marker in Pagadian City Hall.

Students from Pagadian City Science High School rendered a special intermission number of a musical play portraying the valor of Filipino soldiers from one generation to another.

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Headquarters, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army – A member of an Auxiliary Threat Group (ATG) was killed in a joint law enforcement operation conducted by the troops of 17SFC, 6SFBn 102ndBDE and RSOG9, PNP at So Ulingan, Barangay Salipyasin, Kabasalan, ZSP on April 6, 2017, at around 1:30 PM.

The operation resulted to the death of Samuhong Ahod and the capture of a certain Akhmad Dapat. Both Ahod and Dapat are members of the ATG.

After a report from a concerned citizen in the said barangay about the presence of the ATG, the Philippine Army and PNP immediately responded with a joint law enforcement operation.

An exchange of gunfire ensued in the area when the law enforcer troops were fired upon by the ATG. After about five minutes of fire fight, the overpowered ATG withdrew to an unknown direction. A hot pursuit operation is being conducted to apprehend the ATG.

“Our ground troops, while upholding the rules of engagement, continue to strengthen the conduct of joint law enforcement operations in Zampelan area to contain lawless groups and pre-empt the conduct of atrocities in the province,” said BRIGADIER GENERAL ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

According to BGEN BAUTISTA, the cooperation of concerned constituents to report the presence of lawless elements in their area shows their trust and confidence to the Philippine Army and PNP.

“As protector of the state, we support the PNP in its efforts against criminality and lawlessness,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

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TeamTabak.com is the official website of First Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army with headquarters located in Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

After being deployed in various areas in the county, the TABAK Division opened its present headquarters on 4 December 1989 after its stint in Jolo, Sulu. The Division was redeployed in mainland Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces (ZAMPELAN) to combat the Communist and Islamic rebel fighters and to counter terrorism in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BASULTA).

The Headquarters of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division is located on a 422.81 hectare military reservation. This reservation was taken over by the Division from Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) on 16 August 1987. From being rugged and mountainous, it was slowly developed into a sprawling and thriving military camp with the help of the 545th Engineer Battalion, 52nd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army.

On 4 May 1991, the Camp was named in honor of Major Cesar L. Sang-an who died defending the country’s sovereignty against a superior number of MNLF forces of Barangay Malaning, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on 23 March 1973. Sang-an was a brilliant Scout Ranger officer and a courageous fighter. Though twice wounded, he directed and covered his men until he was killed. This heroism earned him the award of the Distinguished Conduct Star (Posthumous) from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was born on 3 November 1926 in Kinogitan, Misamis Oriental.

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On May 4, 1991, the Headquarters of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Divisio was named in honor of Major Cesar L. Sang-an who died defending the country’s sovereignty against a superior number of MNLF forces of Barangay Malaning, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on 23 March 1973. Sang-an was a brilliant Scout Ranger officer and a courageous fighter.

Though twice wounded, he directed and covered his men until he was killed. This heroism earned him the award of the Distinguished Conduct Star (Posthumous) from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was born on 3 November 1926 in Kinogitan, Misamis Oriental.

The Camp is located on a 422.81 hectare military reservation surrounding Barangay Upper Pulacan, in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. This reservation was taken over by the Division from Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) on 16 August 1987.

From being rugged and mountainous, the Camp was slowly developed into a sprawling and thriving military camp with the help of the 545th Engineer Battalion, 52nd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army.

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LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, PIA (March 21) —LtGen. Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army bid farewell to retiring Major General Gerardo F. Barrientos, Jr. and ushered in the new 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commanding general during the change of command ceremony at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality.

Barrientos relinquished his position to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985 and former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Barrientos retires this March after serving 2 years and 8 months as commanding general of Philippine Army’s premiere division.

A member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983, Barrientos served as former deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Mindanao.

“I am forever grateful to the local chief executives and other stakeholders for actively supporting the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ campaign of the Philippine Army,” Barrientos said adding that it is the blueprint of the Philippine Army in addressing insurgency problem by winning the hearts of the people.

Barrientos said with their support, he was able to efficiently and effectively accomplish the army’s mission in making Zamboanga Peninsula a peaceful place to live in.

The outgoing commander said he spent the best 40 years of his life as an army and it was satisfying, fulfilling and full of meaningful lifetime experience as he served the Filipino people.

LtGen. Miranda lauded Barrientos for having successfully painted the blueprint of the IPSP “Bayanihan” campaign. Meanwhile, the army chief is optimistic that BGen Bautista will successfully lead the troops to attain its mission.

“To be the new commander of Tabak Division is a very stressful job but I am confident that you can perform your job efficiently,” Miranda said adding that he knew him for a long time and worked together in the battlefield during their stint in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.

“Continue the success that your predecessor has laid down to achieve lasting peace and progress in our area,” Miranda urged. (ALT/GCC-PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Gideon C. Corgue / news.pia.gov.ph

(Image credit: CRS AFP)

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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/.

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