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.