Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Philippine Navy Ties Up with Shipping Company for Cheap Boat Rides Home



Cheaper Boat Rides Home. The Philippine Navy and Aboitiz Transport System and Corporation (ATSC) contract by way of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Tuesday, 02 March 2010 at the Navy Headquarters in Roxas Blvd, Manila. Vice Admiral Ferdinand S Golez (3rd from L), Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy signs the Agreement in behalf of the Philippine Navy while Ms Evelyn L Engel (2nd from L), EVP & CEO of Super Ferry signs in behalf of ATSC. The MOA grants discounted rates to Navy personnel and their dependents on all Super Ferry trips. The special discount rate extends to non-uniformed personnel, civilian employees, and retired Navy personnel. Captain Robert A Empedrad (4th from L), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Personnel and Mr Andrew Deyto, VP for Sales and Marketing witness the signing.



Ties that Bind. Vice Admiral Ferdinand S Golez and Ms Evelyn Engel formalize the Navy- Aboitiz Company partnership with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Navy Headquarters. Ms Engel said the move will bolster the cooperation between the Navy and Aboitiz who closely worked together when Superferry 9 sank in the waters of Zamboanga del Norte on 09 September 2009 where the Navy’s quick response saved 442 passengers. Vice Admiral Golez lauded the initiative that will make bonding among Navy personnel and their families easier than before. The partnership will also pave the way for a strengthened anti-terror effort by the Navy aboard SF vessels.



LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office

Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Families of Philippine Navy Sailors and Marines will soon be reunited easily and more frequently beginning today, 02 March 2010. This follows from the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Vice Admiral Ferdinand S Golez, Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy and Ms Evelyn Engel, Executive Vice President and CEO of Aboitiz Transport System and Corporation (ATSC). Through the said agreement, ATSC agrees to extend a special discount rate to non-uniformed personnel, civilian employees, and retired members of the Navy and all their qualified dependents. The ATSC has provided prevailing rates to all routes that it has identified. The MOA is valid for a period of one year.

In her speech during the ceremony, Ms Engel said the move will bolster the cooperation between the Navy and Aboitiz Company who have closely worked together when Superferry 9 sank in the waters of Zamboanga del Norte on 09 September 2009. Ms Engel recognized the Navy’s quick response that saved 442 passengers of the SF 9. It can be recalled that the vessels dispatched by the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command were the first government assets to arrive in the area to conduct search and rescue operations.

For his part, Vice Admiral Ferdinand S Golez, Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy cited that with the mutual agreement, bonding among families of Navy personnel is now affordable at a very reasonable price.

Through its corporate offices and branches nationwide, ATSC shall extend guaranteed Lowest Tripid Fare on all Superferry trips, provided that the Navy and its members shall meet and comply with all the requirements and follow the procedure set forth. Aside from the military ID, ATSC may also request for additional IDs.

This initiative is among the many projects of the Command that seeks to provide for the basic needs of the Sailors and Marines.

4 comments:

Dan said...

Our Philippine Navy should tie-up with local shipping and ship building companies to build modern warships not just boats like the famed Andrada-class that did not even met its expected speed and number of units.

sambuddy said...

Dan, your comment is good but the navy needs cash.

The current leadership is now in the process of acquiring a large Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) which responds to the actual need of the country, and according to it's geographical characteristics. It can accommodate marine battalions, choppers, smaller ships, etc. Likewise, the missile system capability of the Navy is also in the pipeline. I hope it will give you enough boost to make noise at the Legislator's website instead for them to release the whole of the AFP Modernization Fund.

Seth said...

Dan, lets lobby our congress to provide more funding to our Philippine Navy. Support our RP troops! They are the only one we have to defend us from Malaysian usurpers! Lest we rely back on imperialist colonizers that siphoned our resources!

Melo Smith said...

Thanks for this post. I think they could also consider NSMS, as their partner. NSMS is one of the best providers for maritime companies here in our country.