Monday, July 27, 2009

NAVY ASSISTS BALANGAY TEAM IN TRAVELLING THE WORLD

BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

In cooperation with the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Mt Everest Expedition team formally launches the Kaya ng Pinoy Foundation project dubbed as “The Voyage of the Balangay”. This event, held at the CCP Grounds on June 27, 2009, officially marks the start of the maiden voyage of the modern Balangay as it circumnavigates the globe. Former DOTC USEC Art Valdez leads the opening ceremonies of this event.

This voyage retraces the migration of our ancestors from mainland Asia to the Philippines using the native Balangay. Furthermore, the Balangay’s voyage reactivates the Filipino’s seafaring nature and rouses the people’s minds of rich heritage as a maritime nation. Aside from these goals, the Balangay and its crew will also visit 67 ports in the country to conduct coastal clean-ups, historical presentations, interact with local communities to foster unity and promote tourism around the country.

The crew, comprised of Philippine Mount Everest Team members Leo Oracion, Edwin Emata, Noelle Wenceslao, Carina Dayondon, Janet Belarmino-Sardena, Dr. Ted Esguerra, Fred Jamili and Dr. Voltaire Velasco, is joined by two enlisted personnel of the Naval Special Operations Group. Aside from providing crew members, the Navy also transported 220 different kinds and sizes of lumber that was used in the construction of the Balangay.

The Balangay sets sail within Philippine waters this year on a tentative seven-leg journey that will take it to various ports around the world through celestial navigation methods. These methods include the use of heavenly bodies such as the sun, stars, cloud formations, wind, birds and wave patterns. Phase 1 of the journey will cover 2,108 nautical miles or 3,908 km. The projected timetable of the expedition will cover the Southeast Asian region by 2010, Micronesia and Madagascar by 2011, and navigate across the Pacific toward the Atlantic all the way around the world by 2012, and return to the Philippines in 2013.

RP, MALAYSIA LAUNCHES MALPHI-LAUT 09

BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

The Philippine Navy, through the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, holds a Maritime Training Activity (MTA) with the Royal Malaysian Navy in what is dubbed as the MALPHI-LAUT 09 on June 15 to 23.This Maritime Training Activity greatly enhances interoperability between the two navies as they conduct various exercises ashore and afloat in San Fernando, La Union, Subic, Zambales and the Luzon Sea.

The first phase of this MTA on 15 – 17 June, comprises the arrival of RMN ships at Headquarters Naval Forces Northern Luzon in San Fernando, La Union and the opening of the MALPHI Cup and Sports competition. Afterwards, the second phase on 18 – 21 June, involves the training of the two navies in naval surface firing, basic tactical evolutions, seamanship and vessel boarding among other exercises. Lastly, MALPHI-LAUT concludes at Subic, Zambales on 22 – 23 June 2009 with its third phase that involves post training activities for both parties.

In addition to these exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Philippine Navy also tests its newly-acquired vessel tracking system and an upgraded Naval Air Group Islander with Radar and Global Positioning System capabilities. This new technology help boost the capability of the Philippine Navy as a vital partner of our maritime nation in attaining lasting peace, progress and development.

Philippine Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy annually hosts MALPHI-LAUT ’09 to focus both navies in navigation and naval operations. These exercises improve mutual cooperation between the two navies and develop combined operation doctrines, practices and naval tactics to complement each other’s operational capabilities at sea. Furthermore, the MALPHI-LAUT 09 provides basis for future working relationships between the Philippine Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy.

PHILIPPINE NAVY SHIP RESCUES AUSTRALIAN YACHT

BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

The Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Alberto Navarette (PG-394) skippered by CDR RAMIL ROBERTO B ENRIQUEZ PN rescued a motor yacht along the coastal waters of Bacnotan, La Union Wednesday June 10, 2009. The yacht of Australian registry identified as M/Y Shadow of Lorelei gave out a distress signal after it suffered difficulty in the steering mechanism and its main propulsion engine conked out while underway in the waters of San Juan, also of La Union.

The Navy vessel immediately responded to the distress signal of M/Y Shadow of Lorelei while it was moored at San Fernando City Pier and immediately sped to the radioed location. Upon arrival at the rescue area, PG-394 gave away its towing line to the distressed ship. The crew of the yacht secured the line and was towed until they both reached San Fernando City Pier at 12:33 p.m. Upon arrival at San Fernando City, medical tests were conducted to the crew for the mandatory A(H1N1) check and related symptoms.

The yacht had on board, Mr. Mauro Migliorelli and Ms. Pauline Wilkinson. The vessel was headed to its homeport in Brisbane, Australia from Taiwan.

NAVY PARTICIPATES IN BLOOD- LETTING DRIVE

BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

Officers and men of the Philippine Navy shared a part of their lives to save other’s. Around 150 officers and men of the Philippine Fleet took part in a blood-letting drive at the Fleet Multi-Purpose Hall in Sangley Pt., Cavite City on June 10, 2009.

Dubbed as “Dugo Alay sa Puso”, the activity was held as part of the Philippine Fleet’s 49th Founding Anniversary in cooperation with the Rotary International District of Quezon City. It generated 150 bags of blood which will be donated to children-patients at the Philippine Heart Center.

In his speech during the Anniversary, Philippine Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Geronimo R. Defensor stressed the importance of the activity as it “serves to reiterate our role as protector, defender, and even savior of the people’s lives”. Admiral Defensor added: “In the same way, we promote our commitment to other local government agencies and institutions in their respective drives and mandates in supporting the preservation of other lives”.

Maj. Luis Carlo Aquino, Fleet Medical Officer who supervised the pre-screening of donors, said that by donating blood the donee and the donor both benefit in the process. “Whenever a person donates blood, the body will be triggered to produce new blood cells. It is a natural regeneration,” he added.

Last month, the Philippine Fleet participated in a blood-letting activity where it generated 80 bags. Navy personnel assigned in its various units in the operational areas participate in blood-letting activities every year. The gesture manifests the relevance of the Navy in all facets of people’s lives not only in internal security operations but in contributing its share in civil affairs.

NAVY HOLDS CIVIC ACTION PROJECTS IN NORTHERN LUZON

BY: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office


The Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) conducted Medical, Dental, Operation Tuli, and Free Legal Services in Santiago Island, Pangasinan last May 9, 2009. The series of civic action projects were part of the relief and rehabilitation efforts after the devastation wrought by typhoon “Emong” in the island.

The Medical and Dental Teams gave assistance to 530 patients and 100 patients, respectively. A total of 36 individuals, mostly children availed of Operation Tuli while 4 individuals sought free legal advice from the Command Judge Advocate General.

A Civic Action Team from San Fernando City, La Union joined the Navy team spearheaded by Commodore Jose Luis M. Alano, NFNL Commander. Representatives from the DOH, Philippine Air Force, PNP, Philippine National Red Cross, and the NFNL Ladies Association assisted the Navy in distributing school supplies to 556 pupils of Lucero Elementary School. The schoolchildren also received relief clothing.

Aside from the civic action projects, the Navy also conducted clearing operations at the Salud Elementary School as contribution to DepEd’s “Brigada Eskwela”. The Navy also repaired destroyed rooftops of the school buildings.

Before the start of the civic action activities, Cpt. Sherwin S. Monteron officiated a mass followed by a program attended by Commo Alano and local officials led by Bolinao Mayor Alfonso Celeste.

Santiago Island is part of the municipality of Bolinao with seven barangays.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Navy Launches Urban Garden in Manila

By: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

The before and after landscape photo of the Urban Garden before it was developed.

The Philippine Navy launched Wednesday morning, 08 July 2009 one of its environment-friendly projects dubbed as “Urban Vegetable Gardening” at the Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City. The project is pioneered by the Navy’s engineering arm, the Naval Construction Brigade (NCBde) or Seabees. It aims to showcase an eco-friendly garden right in the heart of Metro Manila that can also as a good source of healthy diet and additional income.

In line with the government’s war against hunger, the Seabees collaborated with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture in transforming the 600-square meter former trash site at the Seabees Headquarters into an organic vegetable garden. The Navy’s Urban Garden was realized thru the initiative of the Seabees aided by the technical expertise and seedlings from BPI. Organic fertilizers like compost and farming methods were used to grow vegetables like alugbati, upland kangkong, bush sitaw, saluyot, pechay, raddish, eggplant, and ginger.

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ferdinand S. Golez expressed optimism over the project. In his speech during the launching ceremony, the Vice Admiral cited the health benefits of organic-grown vegetables saying "Vegetable is an important ingredient of our diet and input for good health.” He challenged Navy personnel to replicate the project in all units of the Command and to sustain the project and make vegetable gardening “ a part of our daily life in the Navy.”

Ms. Josephine Garcia, the BPI representative echoed the views of Vice Admiral Golez. “The garden is not only a good source of organic vegetables that promotes one’s health, but is also a good source of additional income” she declared.

The project which targets optimum yield over minimum inputs will showcase technologies in growing vegetables, herbs and spices. It will serve as a model for other communities in the urban area to grow vegetables in their backyards or even in containers. This in a way will produce quality vegetables for home consumption, generate income, and help minimize waste in the area through composting.

Through the years, the Philippine Navy has expanded its role to include the protection of our environment. After launching its own Ecological Waste Segregation Program at Fort San Felipe, Cavite City early this year, the Navy now embarks into another eco-friendly project, the Urban Garden. This project further attests to the Navy’s commitment in preserving our natural resources.



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Philippine Navy Recruitment Video




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The anthem of the Philippine Navy, Himno ng Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas.

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Opening of the Philippine Navy's Admiral's Cup for the year 2009. The event was participated by the different Fleet-Marine Teams from Manila and Cavite area joined by the Navy's sister agency, the Philippine Coast Guard.

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The first 100 days of the Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy

Friday, July 3, 2009

Navy Takes Stance in the Challenge of Ending Insurgency, Lawlessness

By: LTCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines ordered the security forces to intensify the conduct of combat operations. The President issued the instruction to hasten the elimination of insurgency and to crush lawlessness violence in southern Philippines. In compliance, the Navy redeploys Marine Battalion Landing Team-8 (MBLT-8) to the operational area after undergoing six months of retraining and refurbishing and more than ten years of notable combat accomplishments in the provinces of Lanao, Sulu, and Basilan.

At 0900H Friday 03 July 2009, Vice Admiral Ferdinand S Golez, the Navy Flag Officer in-Command presides over a send-off ceremony for the Officers and men of MBLT-8 under the command of Major Yuri Pesigan. Fort San Antonio Abad, the home of the Fleet-Marine Team of the Philippine Navy, hosts this solemn and meaningful rite to be witnessed by the family, friends, and loved ones of the marines. MGen Ben Dolorfino, the Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, Rear Admiral Geronimo Defensor, the Commander of the Philippine Fleet, and other officers from the General Headquarters provides the boost in the morale of the members of MBLT-8 – one of the few of the AFP’s naval power that can be projected on land.

After the ceremony, the Marines will board the awaiting M-35 trucks that will bring them to Villamor Air Base in Pasay City for the last leg of their trip to their deployment area at the Naval Forces West area of operations in the island province of Palawan. MBLT-8 will “relieve in place” Marine Battalion Landing Team-9. The latter will board the same cargo aircraft that will bring them to Naval Forces Western Mindanao area of operations that has jurisdiction over Sulu and Basilan among other provinces in the area. The intensified drive to flush the Abu Sayyaf bandits and other lawless groups from their lairs in southwestern Mindanao takes a sharp turn in favor of the government with this fresh input of a battalion of battle-hardened marines.

Meanwhile and coinciding with the same ceremony, 5 navy vessels will also be deployed to their respective operational areas. Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Magat Salamat (PS-20) and BRP Federico Martir (PG-385) have underwent and completed their regular maintenance and are ready for sea. The 3 brand-new Multi Purpose Attack Crafts (MPACs) will also be deployed to SulBaTZ (Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, and Zamboanga) area for their operational area deployment training after their crew has completed their familiarity and aboard ship training.

The addition of these 5 navy vessels is expected to help boost Team AFP’s quest for dominance in their areas of operation in terms of maritime law and law enforcement, seaborne operations, humanitarian activities, and direct and support roles in internal security operations. Especially the MPACs that can cruise at top speed of up to 42 knots, mounted caliber 50 machine guns, and load up to 20 fully armed Marine Force Recon or Navy SEAL Teams, they will beef up the much needed floating assets in Palawan and Mindanao to run after violators of maritime, environmental, anti-drug, tariffs and customs, and immigration laws.

Taken altogether, this deployment of naval assets and the rotation of two marine battalion landing teams (MBLTs 8 and 9) is a welcome development in the operational landscape in southern and western Philippines. It is seen as another step to the realization of the navy’s quest to attain prominence in counter-insurgency operations and support to law-enforcement actions against the kidnapper Abu Sayyaf, rouge MILF, and other lawless groups operating in Mindanao and island provinces in southern and western Philippine fronts. The send-off of these navy vessels and marine personnel are the Navy’s contribution to Team AFP’s mandate to intensify humanitarian and development endeavors, win peace, maintain security, and seize a major role in nation-building.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Navy Constructs Quarters For Fleet-Marine Officers

An initial occupancy of forty sailor and Marine officers gladly received the keys to their newly-constructed rooms in the Fleet-Marine Bachelor Officers’ Quarters (FM-BOQ) Friday, 26 June 2009 at the Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City. Vice Admiral Ferdinand S. Golez, Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy, was the guest of honor during the blessing and awarding ceremonies.

The 72-room BOQ constructed by Vinhar Construction in coordination with the office of The Naval Chief Engineer was completed in June 2008. The quarters, measuring 1,447.20 square meters, include amenities such as laundry areas, wardroom, a recreational hall, and elevated water tanks to cater the daily needs of its occupants.

“To these sailors and marine officers, this BOQ will be your home away from home. As such, let’s show that we are transcending into a more mature and responsible Navy by taking care of this new facility. Take care of this facility as you would your own so that this may be preserved and its use extended to as many beneficiaries in the years to come,” Vice Admiral Golez exhorted the occupancy awardees during the ceremony.

With the completion and blessing of this new billeting facility, qualified Fleet-Marine officers have now availed of the much-needed quarters to compensate their housing needs. The construction of this BOQ is deemed another step closer to the VADM Golez’ aspiration of providing a world-class standard quartering amenity to the men and women sailors and Marines.