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    Posted July 18, 2014 by
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    “15th IB-Molave Warriors”
    By: Joseph C. Ceriales

    It is decent to live for oneself but it is noble to live for another. However, in this era of struggle for survival, the previous happens to be the popular option and the latter not a priority. While this reality is heartbreaking, faith in humanity is restored when stories of hope, honor, and heroism are spread across our nation. One of these stories unfolds in Barangay Bagumbayan, Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte.

    Serving one of the largest provinces of Mindanao, the 15th Infantry Battalion (Molave Warriors) tirelessly stands as frontlines against the rebels of the land. Amidst the many hardships and challenges of being soldiers, they selflessly continue to persevere to protect their countrymen.

    Their heroism does not end in safeguarding the communities they are assigned to. Beyond standing their guard and shooting their artilleries, they also plant the seeds of hope in these communities by empowering the people. Through their campaign, “From Arms to Farms”, they are partners of local government units (LGU’s) and non-government organizations (NGO’s) in working with the farmers to provide needed support. This project is being initiated by LTC Ferdinand Barandon, the outgoing Battalion Commander of 15th IB.

    They also lead major activities in delivering the needs of the residents in their area. Spearheading projects like Basic Literacy Programs with the Army Literacy Patrol System for underprivileged individuals from far flung areas, these soldiers have moved beyond from peace preserving to peace building. From security to basic commodities, education and other essential services, they emerged champions of the spirit of bayanihan through community building. They fill gaps in the community, despite having to stay away from their own families. From watching guard through the night and community builders in the day, these soldiers deliver what ought to be delivered to their fellow Filipinos. They do not have superpowers. They are ordinary soldiers doing simple acts of greatness. They only think of a better today – not only for them and their families but for everybody else.

    They have continually exemplified hat honor is not a medal pinned to their chests but a way of life embedded in their hearts. Within their strong builds are overflowing love for service and integrity. As they thrive in the spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan, they have developed the culture of serving the less fortunate brothers and sisters from the military camp to the communities.

    The battalion’s community development projects benefited the residents of Munai, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Kolambugan, Poona Piagapo and Tangkal towns. Recently, the 15th IB had a change of leadership. LTC. Leomar Jose Doctolero assumed as the new battalion commander on July 12.

    Doctolero is a known Gawad Kalinga advocate and assisted the local government of Kauswagan, which the battalion is based, in building GK community especially for those victims of typhoon “Sendong” in 2011.

    The hope they have given the families they have worked with should never be understated.  Through LTC. Leomar Jose Doctolero, New Battalion Commander, 15th IB 3rd ID, Philippine Army and with MGEN Aurelio B. Baladad AFP, Commander, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division Philippine Army and everyone in the 15th Infantry Battalion, more and more Filipinos see their camouflage as a sign of hope and not of hostility.  More Filipinos will have smiles on their faces and not fears in their eyes when they see their uniforms.

    If every public servant from every sector of the Philippine Government shall adapt the same values which the 15 IB upholds, progress shall be underway. The future shall be brighter and better.

    Snappiest salutes are due to every life comprising the 15th Infantry Battalion. Indeed, they are inspirations that a life is not about what you have but what you can give. They have been determined in giving hope to every person they encountered, thus making them fit for honor as heroes of modern day.


    MABUHAY ANG 15th Infantry (Molave Warrior) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines!


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