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PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM M MELAD PCG formally vowed out of the service today, June 21 2017, after rendering 32 years 9 months and 11 days of service to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard. A traditional Testimonial Parade and Review was held at the Bonifacio Naval Station Parade Ground in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Felipe A Judan represented Atty. Arthur P Tugade in gracing the occasion as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. Meanwhile, Secretary Tugade praised RADM Melad for his dedicated and selfless service to the nation during the testimonial lunch.

RADM Melad is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and a proud member of the prestigious “MATIKAS” Class of 1983. He earned his Master’s Degree in Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.

Prior to his appointment as the Commandant, he has commanded major units of the PCG. Among these are: District Commander of Coast Guard District Central Visayas; Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas in acting capacity; Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog; Coast Guard District Western Visayas; and Coast Guard District Northern Luzon. He was also entrusted with positions of major responsibility in the PCG such as the Commander of Coast Guard Education and Training Command and as the Chief of Coast Guard Staff.

He has also commanded three (3) Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessels which are the primary ship for operations of the PCG namely: BRP San Juan (SARV-001); BRP Edsa II (SARV-002) and BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) where he earned the most coveted Command-at-Sea Badge.

RADM Melad is a dedicated husband to his wife, Janet Dolores and a loving father to his three children, Blessie Regina, Wiljan and Anasvea Moira.