Monday, April 25, 2016

EastMinCom Awards Search and Retrieval Team

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City –Twenty (20) personnel who are officers and enlisted personnel from the Philippine Navy; Philippine Air Force; Philippine Army; and from Philippine Coast Guard received the award of military merit medal (MMM) from Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) under Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero during the flag raising ceremony held at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao grandstand at 7:30 a.m., April 25, 2016.

The MMM was given in recognition to personnel for meritorious and valuable services rendered during the search and retrieval operations of late Maj. Hector Dongail from April 16, to 22, 2016. 

Maj. Dongail was part of a team of divers that went on proficiency dive at Talikud Island, IGACOS, Davao del Norte on April 16 who went missing. Its cadaver was successfully retrieved from a depth of 265 feet on April 22.  

Part of the citation reads “imbued with dedication, patience, and firm determination, following officers and enlisted personnel painstakingly and effectively performed an exceptional search and retrieval operations despite the strong current, deep bottom and large area”,

Source: Public Affairs Branch, ACUCS for CMO, U7


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  2. To the Eastmincom Command, to the search teams, volunteers and the local government of both IGACOS and Davao City, please accept my utmost and heartfelt gratitude for the successful retrieval of my husband,whose body, by God's amazing miracle, remained intact and unharmed even after 7days of being submerged in the water... With deep deep gratitude to you all... May God's faithfulness bless you all with good health and abundance...