WESCOM lauds war­ship res­cuers

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The West­ern Com­mand (WESCOM) thanked its per­son­nel, civil­ians and pri­vate com­pa­nies that helped in the re­trieval of BRP Gre­go­rio del Pi­lar (FF15) which ran aground re­cently on Hasa-Hasa Shoal in the West Philip­pines Sea. Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Roz­zano Briguez, WESCOM com­man­der led the giv­ing of plaques and awards to those in­volved in the res­cue op­er­a­tions dur­ing the flag-rais­ing cer­e­monies Mon­day.

Rec­og­nized were the of­fi­cers and en­listed per­son­nel of the WESCOM,

Naval Forces West (NFW), Joint Task Force Malam­paya (JTFM), Coast Guard Dis­trict Palawan (CGDP), TOG7 and MSAC-West. Also given awards are pri­vate com­pa­nies Rio Tuba Nickel Min­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (RTNMC) in Bataraza town, and Shell Philip­pines Ex­plo­ration B.V. (SPEX), the op­er­a­tor of the off­shore Malam­payaDeep-Wa­ter-Gas-to-Power project. “The help ex­tended by our part­ners, like Shell Philip­pines Ex­plo­ration B.V., is some­thing we are thank­ful for be­cause they con­trib­uted to our sound and strate­gic de­ci­sion-mak­ing dur­ing the cri­sis,” Briguez said. Briguez said SPEX im­me­di­ately re­sponded when the WESCOM sought its help to pull the grounded ship from Hasa-Hasa Shoal. SPEX man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Engr. Don Paulino was un­able to at­tend the event but ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the WESCOM. “We see WESCOM as a great part­ner in pro­vid­ing 30 per­cent of our na­tion’s en­ergy needs and hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in the com­mu­ni­ties where we work in,” Paulino said in a state­ment. On Au­gust 30, 2018, BRP Gre­go­rio del Pi­lar ran aground in the con­tested wa­ters of the West Philip­pine Sea while do­ing reg­u­lar pa­trol. The WESCOM Com­mand Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter con­vened its “bat­tle staff” to map out the strate­gic plan of ac­tion and re­con­nais­sance within the vicin­ity of the grounded war­ship.

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