Commodore Renato David (2nd from right, pinning merit medal), commander of Naval Forces West, during the simple awarding ceremony at Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon in Barangay San Miguel on April 22, 2020.

Commodore Renato P. David, commander of the Naval Forces West, led Wednesday a simple awarding ceremony at the Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon in Barangay San Miguel to honor the outgoing security personnel of Kota and Panata island detachments in Kalayaan municipality, West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The event was done while ensuring strict observance of the safety protocol against COVID-19, such as physical distancing and wearing of the face mask, said the NFW in a statement.

David awarded 10 sailors and marines who stood guard of the 2 of 9 Philippine-held features in the WPS for 4 months.


Naval Forces West commander Commodore Renato David (right) pins a military merit medal to a soldier who just completed his tour assignment in Kalayaan municipality. The simple ceremony took place Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

“Military merit medal was awarded to each of the outgoing personnel as a tribute to their selfless service in support of the mission accomplishment of the NFW in territorial defense operations and sustaining nationalistic pride and presence in the disputed island,” the statement said.

The statement also said the awarding is the second of its kind this month, a manifestation of the Command’s continuous mission in protecting the country’s western frontier despite the prevailing challenge brought about by COVID-19.

About Post Author

Previous articleThe Life of the Law
Next articleProvincial Board bats for “modified community quarantine”