The Daily Tribune, Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Philippine Coast Guard has rendered
testimonial honors for three retiring
Navy Flag Officers as a fitting tribute
for their dedicated and glorious service
at the PCG, Philippine Navy and the Armed
Forces of the Philippines.
The PCG, under the leadership of
Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant,
honored Comm. Robert Noblefranca,
Rear Adm. Josefino Solidum and Vice
Adm. Emilio Marayag at the PCG Headquarters
last June 9.
Noblefranca was assigned to the PCG from
1978 to 1988. He commanded Coast Guard
Stations in Cebu, Dumaguete and Tacloban.
He had also assumed as deputy of Coast
Guard Staff for Plans and Programs in 1988
as his last tour of duty at the PCG headsquarters.
Noblefranca, the incumbent commander of the
Naval Construction Brigade of the Philippine Navy,
is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy
Solidum, on the other hand, had served the PCG
for 14 years in his 33 years of service in the
military. When he joined the Philippine Navy,
he was first assigned to a Coast Guard vessel
where he served his junior billets and continued
his sea duty as the EX-O in five PCG capital ships.
He also commanded the premier Coast Guard stations
in Batangas and Cebu. He graduated from the United
States Coast Guard Academy in 1977. He is presently
the commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Marayag graduated at the PMA in 1976 with a
Bachelor of Science Degree. He started his
colorful military career in 1976 when he joined
the Philippine Navy as an ensign.
His dedication and commitment to duty afforded
him to serve various key positions at the PCG.
He has served the PCG from Oct. 29, 1979 to
April 17, 1990.
He had served various staff positions at the
PCG Headquarters and had also been the station
commander of Coast Guard Station General Santos
and Coast Guard Station Davao. He was also
assigned as maritime officer of the 8th Coast
Guard District, deputy commander and operations
officer of the Aids to Navigation Command,
officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard School
and the training director of Aids to Navigation
Marayag has assumed the second highest post in
the AFP when he served as the deputy chief of
In his remarks, Tamayo highlighted all the three
honorees’ significant contributions to the PCG,
the maritime industry and, most importantly, to
the Filipino people.
Tamayo said their legacy in the Coast Guard
service would always be remembered and treasured
by the officers, men and women of the PCG.