PCG honors 3 retiring flag officers

June 12, 2010 9:02 pm 

MANILA, July 12 –The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has rendered testimonial honors for three retiring Navy Flag Officer as a fitting tribute for their dedicated and glorious service in the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, and in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The PCG, under the leadership of Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, honored Commodore Robert C. Noblefranca , Rear Admiral Josefino B. Solidum and Vice Admiral Emilio C. Marayag at the PCG Headquarters last June 9, 2010.

Noblefranca was assigned with the Philippine Coast Guard from 1978-1988. He commanded Coast Guard Stations in Cebu, Dumaguete and Tacloban.

He had also assumed as Deputy of Coast Guard Staff for Plans and Programs in 1988 as his last tour of duty at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard. Noblefranca, the incumbent Commander of the Naval Construction Brigade of the Philippine Navy, is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class ’77.

Solidum on the other hand, had served the Philippine Coast Guard for 14 years in his 33 years of service in the military. When he joined the Philippine Navy, he was first assigned at a Coast Guard vessel where he served his junior billets and continued his sea duty as the EX-O in five PCG capital ships.

He also commanded the premier coast guard stations in Batangas and Cebu. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1977. He is presently the Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Marayag graduated at the PMA in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He started his colorful military career in 1976 when he joined the Philippine Navy as an Ensign.

His dedication and commitment to duty afforded him to serve various key positions in the Philippine Coast Guard. He has served the PCG from Oct. 29, 1979 to April 17, 1990.

He had served various staff positions at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard and had also been the Station Commander of Coast Guard Station General Santos and Coast Guard Station Davao. He was also assigned as Maritime Officer of the 8th Coast Guard District, Deputy Commander and Operations Officer of the Aids to Navigation Command, Officer-In-Charge of the Coast Guard School and the Training Director of Aids to Navigation Command.

Marayag has assumed the second highest post in the AFP when he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

In his remarks, Tamayo highlighted all the three honorees’ significant contributions to the Philippine Coast Guard, the maritime industry, and most importantly, to the Filipino people.

Tamayo said their legacy in the Coast Guard service would always be remembered and treasured by the officers, men, and women of the Philippine Coast Guard. (PNA) RMA/JES

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