45th INFANTRY (GALLANT) BATTALION

Unit Seal and Description/Symbolism (NHCP approved of available)

 

  • Laurel Leaves – Stands for the values and attitudes of a man in pursuit of peace and goodwill for all men.
  • Horse Head – Symbolizes strength and speedy reaction. It also stands for the democracy that we are fighting for.
  • Shield – Symbolizes the unit as the protector and defender of all mankind.
  • 45IB – Represent the numerical number of the unit.
  • Gallant – It also stands for gallantry in action and the speed of the horse.
  • Yellow – Stands for the dedication and loyalty to the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Red – Symbolizes strength, alacrity and bravery of its soldier.
  • White – Stands for the sincerity and purity of its personnel.
  • Black – Stands for the conduct of operations that even during night time, the unit strikes in order to accomplish its mission.

 

Vision, Motto and Unit Moniker

Gallant

 

Activation Date (Include deactivation/reactivation dates)

On July 1977, the 45th Infantry Battalion (Provisional) was activated pursuant to GO Nr 93, HQS 3ID, PA dated 05 July 1977 composed of twenty (20) officers, one hundred and forty-four (144) enlisted personnel and three hundred and fifty-seven (357) trainees with LTC WILFREDO DUBLIN as the 1st Battalion Commander.

 

Organization and Station (AO)

UNIT COMMANDER
   
HHC/45IB LTC RHENANTE M SALVADOR INF (GSC) PA
A/45IB 1LT GAMALIEL C CARIN (AGS) PA
B/45IB 1LT GUIDE G DEGORIO (FS) PA
C/45IB 1LT MIKE VERGEL L CONCEPCION (OS) PA

 

HISTORY

Significant Events, Major Operations, Activities and Accomplishments (In chronological order)

The 45th Infantry Battalion came into existence during the height of insurgency in Eastern Samar in the early part of 1975. In response to the assessment conducted by former President Ferdinand Marcos, he directed General Fortunato Abat to organize and deploy one (1) Infantry Battalion in the region.

On July 1977, the 45th Infantry Battalion (Provisional) was activated pursuant to GO Nr 93, HQS 3ID, PA dated 05 July 1977 composed of twenty (20) officers, one hundred and forty-four (144) enlisted personnel and three hundred and fifty-seven (357) trainees with LTC WILFREDO DUBLIN as the 1st Battalion Commander.

Pursuant to GO Nr 181 HQS, 3ID, PA dated 24 October 1977, the Provisional Infantry Battalion was organized as a regular Battalion of the Philippine Army, organic to 3rd Infantry Division wherein, MAJOR FELIPE CORLONCITO took command of the unit on 16 October 1977. After which, LTC ANDRES BUSTAMANTE was designated as the Acting Battalion Commander from 01 March to 30 June 1978. After the unit’s stint in Eastern Samar, it was recalled for retraining at Pinamungahan, Cebu from 01 July to 15 November 1978.

On 18 November 1978, the unit was deployed at Tipo-tipo, Basilan under the command of LTC GAPITO DUQUE and was later absorbed by the 4th Infantry Division. It was also in Basilan Province when then MAJOR, VOLTAIRE GAZMIN former secretary of the Department of National Defense, assumed command on 01 March 1979. After few months of successful security campaign, the unit transferred to Zamboanga Peninsula.

On 21 April 1980, LTC CLEOFAS ORDONIA took command of the unit. On 01 October 1980, the unit was absorbed by the Special Warfare Brigade, PA and was further absorbed seven months later by the 5th Infantry Division, known then as 5th Infantry Brigade (Separate).

During its stint in Zamboanga Peninsula, the unit earned credit due to the surrender of the Malayan-Trained ranking leaders namely: Commander Sical Jasan and Hadji Gil. On 01 October 1981, the unit was again dispatched at Tipo-tipo, Basilan Province under the operational control of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, PA.

On 04 February 1982, the unit left Zamboanga for retraining at Camp Aquino in Tarlac, Tarlac. After one (1) month of refurbishing its troops, the battalion was deployed in Bicol region. It was at that time when the battalion earned the Best Battalion in Operations (1982) and Best in Administration (1983) under the leadership of COL AMADO ISIDRO. After three (3) years of distinguished stint in Bicol region, the unit moved its forces to Abra province in Northern Luzon.

After two (2) years and four (4) months of stay in Abra, the unit moved to the Ilocos region. The unit effectively addressed the insurgency problem in Ilocos under the leadership of COL ORLANDO CASTELLANO.

After more than three (3) years in the Ilocos region, the unit moved to the cordilleras on 10 November 1990 and established its Battalion Headquarters in Luna, Kalinga–Apayao. The Liberation of Marag Valley could not have been possible without the contribution of the unit.

On 09 August 1991, the unit moved its Headquarters in Buluan, Conner, Kalinga–Apayao under the command of LTC RICARDO NOBLEZA. Together with its buddy units, the 48IB and 54IB, the unit destroyed the well-defended Mabiga-Puguin Complex of the Kalinga Front Committee (KFC), Cordillera Regional Party Committee of the CPP/NPA/NDF.

On 16 May 1993, LTC LENO GAMONNAC took over command. To conform to its large Area of Operation (AO), the Battalion Main Command Post (BN MCP) was moved to Camp Duyan, Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga. The highly mobile CT remnants in Kalinga have prompted the transfer of the Battalion Headquarters to Calanan, Tabuk. After barely eight (8) months stay at Bagumbayan, Tabuk, LTC RUDY GULIGADO took over on 17 November 1994, where the Battalion Headquarters was moved to Cawagayan, Pinukpuk, Kalinga.
On 16 January 1995, MAJ RICARDO BELARMINO assumed command with an expanded AO designed to confront the enemy with its own set of operational boundaries. So, on 01 August 1995, the BN MCP was transferred to Bantay, Tabuk, Kalinga.

On 16 January 1996, LTC HILARIO ATENDIDO took the helm and steered the unit in meeting the prerequisites of the Internal Security Operation (ISO) Campaign. During his tenure, other than satisfactorily accomplishing the goals on operations and intelligence, the unit gave more emphasis on Civil Military Operations thrust. It was during that time that the Army Literacy Patrol System (ALPS) Program was launched, making it first of its kind to be initiated in the province of Kalinga.

On 24 January 1997, LTC ERNESTO TAYAMEN SR assumed leadership. Under his stewardship, the unit scored a major victory against the Communist Terrorists of the KFC by neutralizing five (5) top CPP/NPA personalities to include its Secretary.

On 24 July 1997, MAJ MARLOU SALAZAR took over and gave emphasis in its ISO campaign in Kalinga Province on Civil Military Operations.

On 01 February 1999, LTC DANTE TALIÑO assumed command. After nine (9) years stint in the Cordillerras, the unit took responsibility of Southern Isabela from the 21IB and established its BN MCP in San Mariano, Isabela on 26 February of the same year. The unit also took temporary control of Quirino Province from the 77IB on 08 March 1999 but was later relinquished to 54IB on 07 May of the same year.

On 16 April 2001, COL LEVY ZAMORA assumed command. The unit further covered the northern part of Isabela Province from the 17IB, expanding its AO, covering the whole province of Isabela under the area of responsibility of the 502nd Infantry Brigade.

On 31 May 2002, LTC LEONARDO CAWALING assumed command. On 30 June 2002, the unit relinquished its ISO responsibility to the 21IB over the municipalities of Sta Maria, Delfin Albano, Cabagan, San Pablo and Ilagan, all of Isabela Province.

On 21 November 2003, COL CELSO ARCILLA took command of the unit. Through his leadership, the Battalion focused in addressing and implementing the Internal Security Operation (ISO) Campaign of the AFP. The unit adopted the TRIAD Concept of Operation that resulted to the successful conduct of operations against CPP/NPA in the province of Isabela, except for the municipalities of Cordon, San Agustin and Dinapigue.

On 01 September 2004, LTC ARNULFO MARCOS assumed command. He intensified the unit’s efforts on ISO through the conduct of TRIAD Operations by initiating five (5) successive major encounters and devastated the Cagayan Valley Regional Operational Command main camp and its seven (7) sub-units on 30 March 2005. The unit also seized and cleared eleven (11) other CT camps/strongholds which resulted to the recovery of twenty-five (25) high and low-powered firearms and several war materiel. Thirty-two (32) regular CTs were neutralized and fifteen (15) wanted criminals were apprehended.

On 01 September 2005, LTC EDDIE IRENEO MANINGDING assumed command of the unit. He led the unit during its participation in the 2006 Joint RP-US Balikatan Exercise and intensified the conduct of TRIAD and SOT Operations which resulted to four (4) major encounters that resulted to the neutralization of three (3) top ranking CT personalities, recovery of nine (9) HPFAs, facilitated the surrender of eighteen (18) CTs, apprehension of three (3) most wanted criminals, and recovery of several war materiel and voluminous CT documents of high intelligence value.

On 12 July 2007, LTC ELIAS ESCARCHA took leadership of the unit. During his short stint, he shared his combat expertise and formulated tactical plans on ISO where the unit successfully trapped the elusive enemy in their own lair with two (2) major encounters against the CTs in the areas of Brgy Cadsalan, San Mariano, Isabela and Brgy Anak, Nagtipunan, Quirino that resulted to the killing of four (4) prominent CT members, and recovery of two (2) HPFAs, five (5) Hand Grenades, assorted medical and dental equipment, medicines, and subversive documents.

On 16 November 2007, LTC CLIFFORD CYRIL RIVERAL assumed command. Through his leadership and effective management, the unit scored a major victory against the CTs of SECOM 1, Cagayan Valley Regional Committee (CVRC) that resulted to the capture of Ceriflor Dela Cruz @ Boy/Jao, Secretary of SECOM1, Southern Front, CVRC and Roderick L Reyes @ Danilo, Supply Officer of the same CT unit; recovery of seven (7) HPFAs from the enemy. Enhanced Civil Military Operations was also achieved during his tenure.

On 01 June 2008, LTC GENEROSO PONIO assumed command of the unit. Under his leadership, the unit was able to destroy the two (2) enemy explosive factories in San Mariano, Isabela and recover several anti-personnel land mines and other explosive equipment with two (2) major encounters that eventually led to the dismantling of the Sentro De Gravidad (SDG), Cagayan Valley Regional Committee (CVRC) operating in Isabela. He then spearheaded the deployment of the unit in Maguindanao Province on 06 Jan 2010 to augment government troops in the region. The unit scored two (2) major encounters against the lawless elements.

On 01 July 2010, LTC MARVIN LICUDINE assumed command. Under his leadership, the unit was able to recover forty-two (42) HPFAs and several explosives that paved way to the relatively peaceful situation in the area. The unit also garnered other awards such as, CHAMPION ON 6ID COMPANY CHALLENGE and CHAMPION ON 6ID SQUAD CHALLENGE for CY 2010 and CY 2011, respectively.

On 01 July 2012, LTC FRANCISCO D MILLARE assumed command of the unit. With his short stint as the Battalion Commander, he led the unit in the capture of Camp Omar Complex, the known BIFM stronghold in the province. The unit also scored one (1) enemy killed (body-count), recovery of two (2) Barrett Sniper Rifles (locally-made), two (2) M203 Grenade Launchers, two (2) Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launchers, assorted ammunitions/war materiel and documents of high intelligence value.

On 12 January 2013, LTC DONALD P HONGITAN took over the Command of the Battalion. During his incumbency, the battalion captured the BIFF Hqs/Main Camp, otherwise known as “Camp Saad Bin Abiwakaz” at Brgy Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao on 31 January 2014 that resulted to the recovery of war material and voluminous documents of high intelligence value. The Battalion was later adjudged as the 6ID BEST (OPCON) BATTALION on TRIAD operations for CY- 2013.
On 16 July 2014, LTC ROMEO N BAUTISTA III INF (GSC) PA assumed command of the unit. Under his leadership, the Battalion conducted Focused Military Operations in the “SPMS Box” in Maguindanao which resulted to the apprehension of high value target Abi Salman @ Sauman in Barangay Tuka, Mamasapano, Maguindanao last 21 October 2014 and the capture of Camp and IED factory of the Justice Islamic Movement (JIM), a BIFF break-away group under MOHAMAD ALI TAMBAKO in Brgy Dasikil, Mamasapano, Maguindanao last 01 March 2015 and. He led the Battalion and other friendly forces in reinforcing the beleaguered PNP SAF elements in Brgy Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and was able to rescue Thirty (30) survivors and recovered Forty Four (44) KIA and Ten (10) WIA.

He then spearheaded the redeployment of the unit from Maguindanao to Cotabato Province. During his tenure, the Battalion scored Nine (11) major and minor encounters against various threat groups which resulted to the recovery of Five (5) enemy killed (body counts), Two (2) M16 Rifles, Three (3) M203 Grenade Launchers, Six (6) Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers (RPG), Three (3) Cal .45 Pistols, Four (4) Hand Grenades, Twenty four (24) Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Nine (9) High Explosive 81mm and 60mm Mortar rounds and other assorted ammunitions, voluminous enemy war materiel, equipment, and subversive documents of high intelligence value. The Battalion also scored in several successful Joint Law Enforcement Operations with the PNP, CIDG, PDEA, and LGUs which resulted to the apprehension of Seven (7) wanted personalities and Four (4) drug pushers and users, confiscation of Nine Thousand One Hundred Eighty Eight (9,188) fully-grown Marijuana Plants and several sachets of Shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Simultaneously, the Battalion implemented various CMO and Bayanihan activities as follows: Facilitated Twelve (12) relief goods distribution to 35,742 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Seven (7) blood-letting activities donating 81,400cc of different blood types, 23 MEDCAPs for 9,536 beneficiaries, Nine (9) Food Feedings Programs for 1,500 beneficiaries, Two (2) constructions of a 2-classroom school building, One (1) construction of a public market building, Two (2) rehabilitations of 2-kilometer farm to market roads, and Eight (8) RIDO settlements and peace covenant signings, and facilitated the planting of Nine Thousand Six Hundred Fifty (9,650) seedlings of fruit bearing and non-fruit bearing trees or 44.77% of the target goal of 21,550 tree seedlings by 2016 in support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government.

On 29 May 2016, 602Bde, 6ID, PA released OPCON of this unit effective 29 May 2016 and redeployed to JTF-Sulu AOR, and assumes IPSO responsibility within 501st Brigade’s Area of Operation. 45IB was tasked by the 501Bde and assumed IPSO responsibility over the Nineteen (19) barangays of Talipao, Sulu namely: Upper Kamuntayan, Lower Kamuntayan, Kagay, Bilaan, Upper Sinumaan, Lower Sinumaan, Mauboh, Tubod, Kadasa, Samak, Bondang, Lagtoh, Dalih, Lower Laus, Buroh, Lubod, Tiggam, Lumping, and Lumban and 3 barangays of Patikul, Sulu, namely: Danag, Bungkaong, and Maligay.

After the realignment of forces of JTF-Sulu, this unit was tasked to assume IPSO responsibility in the whole Municipality of Talipao, and Brgy. Danag of Patikul, effective 04 June 2016.

On 16 July 2016, LTC RHENANTE M SALVADOR INF (GSC) PA assumed command of the unit. Under his leadership, the Battalion conducted series Focused Military Operations in the Patikul and Talipao, both of Sulu Province that resulted to the discovery of Seven (7) enemy encampment/harboring area, Three (3) encounters, apprehended/captured of one (1) ASG personality, thirteen (13) drug pushers and users, rescued one (1) kidnap victim Mr. Roy V Ramos (rescued last 08 June 2017), recovery of one (1) ASG (Body Count), two (2) M16A1 Rifle, four (4) Cal. 45, one (1) Cal. 25, five (5) Hand Grenades, disassembled spare parts of M16 rifle particularly two (2) upper receiver of M16 rifle, one (1) ASG vessel (Jungkong) that can accomodate MOL Fifty (50) persons at Sitio Dohol Mahala, Brgy Mabahay, Talipao, Sulu, and other assorted ammunitions, voluminous enemy war materiel, equipment, assorted drug paraphernalia and subversive documents of high intelligence value.

On 15 June 2017, He then spearheaded the redeployment of the unit from Talipao to Brgy Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu and took responsibility of Thirteen (13) Barangays from 10IB, 1ID, PA namely: Buhanginan, Igasan, Kaunayan, Bakung, Kadday Mampallam, Patikul Higad, Tanum, Tugas, Sandah, Liang, Maligay, Kabbon Takas, Tandu Bagua. With his profound leadership, the Battalion apprehended four (4) suspected ASG personalities, discovered Five (5) enemy encampment/harboring area, Three (3) encounters, Three (3) ASG surrendered, rescued one (1) kidnap victim Mr. Jenly Miranda (rescued last 15 July 2017), recovered one (1) Drone/ISR Asset of JTF-Sulu at Brgy Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu, one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED), one (1) Hand Grenade, and other voluminous enemy war materiel.

Moreover, the Battalion participated 3 Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meetings, 18 Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meetings, 17 Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) meetings, Community Dialogues and simultaneously implemented various CMO Bayanihan and Community Support Program activities as follow: Facilitated 9 biscuits distribution to 2,498 pupils, 13 school supplies distribution for 1,681 beneficiaries, 4 joint-relief operations for 1,437 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 1 MEDCAP for 2,063 beneficiaries, 4 blood-letting activities donating 36,450cc of different blood types, 3 brigada-eskwela, 1 RIDO settlement, 9 Food Feeding Programs for 991 beneficiaries, 3 slippers distribution for 1,079 beneficiaries, 3 construction of comfort rooms, 1 construction of day-care center, 1 construction of water tub, 3 construction of BPATs Posts, 3 construction of basketball and volleyball courts, 23 information drive and film showings promoting the Army for 2,245 beneficiaries, 2 tree planting activities and conducted 284 radio programs at DXJT 100.7FM-Kusug Radio, designed of exploiting Abu Sayyaf’s violence/black propaganda, promoting Bayanihan/CSP projects and activities, proving musical entertainment and counseling family & love issues of the listeners.

 

Awards Received

AWARDS YEAR
Best in Operations (PA) 1982
Best in Administration (PA) 1983
Best in TRIAD Operations (6ID,PA) 2013

 

Way Ahead

  • Conduct of Medical and Dental mission
  • Conduct of Youth Leadership Summit
  • Construction of Motor Pool Bay
  • Construction of Multi Purpose Hall
  • Renovation of Admin Building
  • Renovation of Pasiol Hall

 

UNIT AWARDS

AWARDS YEAR
Best in Operations (PA) 1982
Best in Administration (PA) 1983
Best in TRIAD Operations (6ID,PA) 2013

 

 

LINEAGE OF COMMANDERS

NAME INCLUSIVE DATES
LTC WILFREDO S DUBLIN (GSC) PA 07 Jul – 16 Oct 77
MAJ FELIPE U CORLONCITO (INF) PA 16 Oct 77 – 01 Mar 78
LTC ANDRES S BUSTAMANTE (INF) GSC PA 01 Mar – 30 Jun 78
LTC AGAPITO P DUQUE (INF) PA 30 Jun 78 – 01 Mar 79
MAJ VOLTAIRE T GAZMIN (INF) PA 01 Mar 79 – 21 Apr 80
LTC CLEOFAS ORDONIO (INF) PA 21 Apr  80 – 01 Apr 82
MAJ CATALINO A  AGDEPPA (INF) PA 01 Apr – 1 Jun 82
COL  AMADO F ISIDRO INF (GSC) PA 1 Jun 82 – 15 Jan 85
MAJ EDGAR PATTAUI (INF) PA 15  Jan – 16 Sep 85
LTC LEVY RAMIRO INF (GSC) PA 16 Sep – 23 Sep 85
LTC GREGORIO M ASUNCION INF (GSC) PA 23 Sep 85  – 01 Sep 86
LTC AGAPITO R PABLICO (INF) PA 01 Sep 86 – 17 Oct 87
COL ORLANDO CASTELLANO (INF) PA 17 Oct 87 – 07 Oct 88
MAJ ARTEMIO R CARIAGA (OS) PA 06 Oct 88 – 07 Sep 89
MAJ ROGELIO G ROSETE (INF) PA 07 Sep – 14 Oct 89
MAJ JUANITO S BUNTALES (INF) PA 14 Oct – 28 Dec 89
MAJ VOLUNTEER G JALLIGAO (INF) PA 28 Dec 89  – 01 Jul 90
LTC CIRILO L  BAUCAS (INF) PA 01 Jul – 16 Jul 90
LTC EMMANUEL  V  DE GUZMAN (INF) PA 16 Jul – 01 Oct 90
MAJ FELIPE R RABAGO (INF) PA 01 Oct – 16 Oct 90
LTC ELIAS G GALICIA (INF) PA 16 Oct 90 – 16 Apr 91
LTC VILLARUEL D DOTE (INF) PA 16 Apr – 02 May 91
LTC RICARDO G NOBLEZA INF (GSC) PA 02 May – 02 Aug 91
MAJ MARCELINO P GACUTAN (INF) PA 02 Aug 91 – 15 Jan 92
LTC RICARDO G NOBLEZA INF (GSC) PA 15 Jan 91 – 15 May 93
LTC LENO A GAMONNAC (GSC) PA  15 May 93 – 15 Nov 94
LTC RUDY T GULIGADO INF (GSC) PA 15 Nov 94 – 15 Jan 95
MAJ RICARDO M BELARMINO (CAV) PA 15 Jan 95 – 16 Jan 96
LTC HILARIO A ATENDIDO INF (GSC) PA 16 Jan 96 – 16 Jan 97
LTC ERNESTO D TAYAMEN Sr INF (GSC) PA 16 Jan – 18 Jun 97
LTC EDUARDO S PINSON (INF) PA – OIC 18 Jun 97 – 04 Jul 97
MAJ MARLOU L SALAZAR (INF) PA 4 Jul 97 – 01 Feb 99
LTC DANTE G TALIÑO INF (GSC) PA 01 Feb 99 – 16 Apr 01
COL  LEVY  F  ZAMORA  INF (GSC) PA  16 Apr 01 – 01 Jun 02
LTC LEONARDO M CAWALING FA (GSC) PA 01 Jun 02 – 21 Nov 03
COL CELSO M ARCILLA  INF  (GSC)  PA  21 Nov 03 – 01 Sep 04
LTC ARNULFO J MARCOS  INF  (GSC)  PA  01 Sep 04 – 01 Sep 05
LTC  EDDIE IRENEO D MANINGDING INF (GSC) PA  01 Sep 05 – 12 Jul 07
LTC ELIAS H ESCARCHA INF (GSC) PA 12 Jul 07 – 16 Nov 07
LTC CLIFFORD CYRIL Y RIVERAL INF (GSC) PA 16 Nov 07 – 30 Jun 08
LTC GENEROSO M PONIO INF (GSC) PA 01 Jul 08 – 01 Jul 10
LTC MARVIN LICUDINE INF (GSC) PA 01 Jul 10 – 01 Jul 12
LTC FRANCISCO D MILLARE INF (GSC) PA 01 Jul 12 – 12 Jan 13
LTC DONALD P HONGITAN INF (GSC) PA 12 Jan 13 – 16 July 14
LTC ROMEO N BAUTISTA III INF (GSC) PA 16 July 14 – 15 July 16
LTC RHENANTE M SALVADOR INF (GSC) PA 16 July 16 to date

 

Date Last Updated – 15 June 2018