Aquino confers Presidential Legion of Honor on Liwag

January 24, 2012 11:13 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 24 — President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Presidential Legion of Honor (PLOH) with the Rank of Lakan on outgoing Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Ramon C. Liwag in ceremonies held at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila on Tuesday.

The awarding ceremonies were held simultaneous with Liwag’s retirement and turnover of command of the PCG to his successor Rear Admiral Edmund Castor Tan.

In his speech keynoting the PCG Change of Command and Retirement rites for Admiral Ramon C. Liwag, the President paid tribute to outgoing PCG chief for his exemplary performance.

The President cited Liwag for enhancing maritime law enforcement and security and giving special focus on the agency's drive against terror threats, smuggling, illegal fishing, poaching, illegal drugs and trafficking of persons, illegal recruitment and protection of marine environment, transnational crimes among others.

"Sa loob ng siyam na buwan, pinatunayan mong ang pagkakaroon ng mataas na katungkulan sa anumang organisasyon o tanggapan ay hindi para sa mapang-abuso at makasarili; bagkus, isa itong responsibilidad na dapat lamang na iginugugol upang paglingkuran ang ating bandila at isulong ang kapakanan ng nakakarami," the President said.

The Chief Executive was joined by Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas when he presented the Presidential Legion of Honor to Liwag.

Roxas also presented the DOTC Plaque, Plaque of Honorable Service and Medal Frame to Liwag, the 23rd PCG commandant. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Maria Fe. G. Liwag, wife of the outgoing commandant.

In his speech, Liwag thanked the President for entrusting him the responsibility to lead the PCG in working with other agencies to carry out the goverment's security agenda.

"Mahal na Pangulo, dahil po sa iyong suporta, mataas po ang morale ng iyong tauhan sa PCG at ipinagmamalaki po naming mag-suot ng unipormeng tanda ng responsibilidad na ipinagkatiwala sa amin ng iyong pamunuan at ng ating mga kababayan," Liwag said.

During Liwag's term, Executive Order No. 57, which directed the PCG to play a leading role in the operations of the National Coast Watch Center, was signed by President Aquino.

"The PCG takes pride in being among the first to take part in the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships (RECAAP) in Asia," Liwag said.

Although a product of the public school system having completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Liwag graduated as salutatorian. Pursuing a military career in the Philippine Military Academy, Admiral Liwag is a proud member of a long gray line of Matapat Class 1979.

He also wished his successor, Rear Admiral Tan, the 24th PCG commandant.

During the event, the President greeted Liwag who retires today as he celebrates his 56th birthday, the mandatory retirement age for those in the military.

Those who attended the event were members of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Legowo from Indonesia, Jorge Domecq from Spain, Thierry Borja de Mozota, Ambassador of France to the Philippines; Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome, Commodore Lino Dabi, Commissioner Ruffy Biazon of the Bureau of Customs. (PNA)

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