BY: LCOL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
The Philippine Navy (PN) will render testimonial honors for two retiring Flag Officers as a fitting tribute for their long, faithful and dedicated services rendered to the AFP and the nation. Rear Admiral Danilo M Cortez AFP, the Navy chief will lead the testimonial honors for Rear Admiral Josefino B Solidum AFP and Commodore Efren S Tedor AFP at four o’clock in the afternoon, Tuesday, 16 June 2010 at the Navy Headquarters in Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The ceremonies are expected to culminate in time for the sun to set in Manila Bay symbolizing the close of their naval careers.
Rear Admiral Solidum who retires on 19 June 2010, has served 33 years of naval service. He is a member of PMA Class of 1977 and also a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, USA. He has assumed various positions in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from 1977-1991. He also assumed Commanding Officer of the premier PCG stations in Cebu and Batangas. He had also commanded various naval ships such as BRP Rizal (PS 74), BRP Lake Buhi (AF 78) and BRP Conrado Yup (PG 840). Moreover, he assumed commands of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and Service Force, Philippine Fleet. He is a recipient of Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Star, Military Merit Medal, and various awards here and abroad. He is presently the Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
On the other hand, Commodore Tedor who retires on 20 June 2010, has spent 32 years of service in the navy. He spent his junior billets aboard BRP Sultan Kudarat (PS 22) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS 7) of the Philippine Fleet. An educator, his commitment and dedication to duty afforded him to serve different positions in the General Headquarters from 1980 to 2000. He was also assigned various key positions in the Philippine Navy like the Commander of the Bonifacio Naval Station and as The Naval Internal Auditor. He is also a recipient of various awards, medals and commendations. He is the incumbent Chief of the AFP Command Center and a member of PMA Class of 1978.
Testimonial Parades and Review are the least that the Philippine Navy can do to honor its distinguished officers who have served the prime of their lives in the military.