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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has bolstered its interoperability with Indonesia's Directorate of Sea Transportation (DGST) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) through the conduct of integrated maritime drills in the vicinity waters off Makassar, Indonesia, today, 26 May 2022.

During the ongoing Regional Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) 2022, the PCG, DGST, and JCG conducted search and rescue, firefighting, and oil spill response to test, evaluate, and improve their maritime capabilities.

According to Acting Director General Mugen Sartoto of DGST, the possibility of a major oil spill in the sea lane between Lombok, Makassar Strait, and Sulawesi Sea has grown since the implementation of the 3.5 meters keel to seafloor clearance for bulk oil carriers. It caused maritime traffic to increase, putting the said vicinity waters at a higher risk of an oil spill. 

Before his current designation, CG Admiral Abu served as the Commander of the Maritime Safety Services Command (MSSC) and the Task Force Commander of the PCG Task Force Kaligtasan sa Karagatan — a unit that ensures the effective enforcement of laws and regulations relevant to the promotion of safety of life and property at sea within the Philippine maritime jurisdiction.

He is a nobleman from Barangay Luta Sur, Malvar, Batangas, and a holder of a Master's Degree in Marine Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

As a Coast Guard officer, CG Admiral Abu was assigned as Commander of the PCG District Southern Visayas, PCG District Southern Tagalog, and the Coast Guard Education, Training, and Doctrine Command (CGETDC).

He also served as Commanding Officer of various PCG ships where he earned the most coveted “Command at Sea" badge. All units that CG Admiral Abu commanded, both ashore and afloat, received the distinction as “Best Unit of the Year” at the national level.

During the Taal Volcano eruption incident in 2020, CG Admiral Abu was designated as the Commander of the PCG Task Force Taal which propelled the Coast Guard as a uniformed, maritime, and humanitarian service of the country.

A proud member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1992, CG Admiral Abu was recognized as a DISTINGUISHED CAVALIER AWARDEE FOR 2021 in the field of Coast Guard operation. The said award is the highest recognition given to PMA alumni for their outstanding achievements in government service.

CG Admiral Abu is married to Mrs. Carlota Vergara Abu and is blessed with four children: Kavin Paul, a Certified Public Accountant; Kariza Pamela, a medical student at the University of the Philippines – Manila; Kurt Patrick, an engineering student at the University of Sto. Tomas; and Karina Paula, a high school student at the De La Salle Lipa.

CG VADM EDUARDO DACOCO FABRICANTE was born on 15 October 1966 in Tigaon, Camarines Sur. He finished his basic and secondary education at Tigaon North Central School as the First Honorable Mention, and Saint Paul Academy-Goa as the class Salutatorian. He took his tertiary education at the University of Nueva Caceres-Naga City under the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program from 1983 to 1985. Thereafter, he pursued the armed service career when he entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in the prestigious institution and graduated in the upper quartile of PMA “Makatao” Class of 1989. In 2001, he finished his post graduate studies on Master of Science in Maritime Affairs with specialization on Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection (MSc, MSEP) at the renowned World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.

CG VADM FABRICANTE successfully participated in various local and international maritime trainings namely, the Marine Structural Integrity Program (MSIP) 1 Training on Aids to Navigation in Japan in 1994; Viking Inflatable Life Raft Seminar in Esbjerg, Denmark in 2000; and the Training Course on Visual Aids to Navigation in Malaca, Singapore in 2003, to name a few.

For more than 36 years in active service, CG VADM FABRICANTE held various positions of major responsibility in the Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). He started as a commissioned Officer in the Philippine Navy on 19 February 1989. He had served his junior billets aboard BRP RIZAL (PS-74) as the Mess and Supply Officer, BRP ILOILO (PS-32) as the Deck and Gunnery Officer, and BRP DATU MARIKUDO (PS-23) as the Engineering and Damage Control Officer. In 1992, he has joined the Philippine Coast Guard and completed his Executive Officer tour onboard BRP CORREGIDOR (AE-89). He eventually commanded Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Vessel MCS 3004 which was awarded with Ship of the Year category. He also commanded several PCG-commissioned vessels namely, BRP ILOCOS NORTE (SARV 3501), BRP SAN JUAN (SARV 001) and BRP EDSA (SARV 002). He was then the Commanding Officer of SARV 001 when he earned the most coveted Command-at Sea Badge. BRP San Juan is likewise adjudged as the Ship of the Year.

CG VADM FABRICANTE served as the Commander of several Coast Guard Stations namely, Coast Guard Station Mercedes, Coast Guard Station Roxas, Coast Guard Station Legazpi and Coast Guard Station Iloilo. CGS Legazpi was awarded as Station "B" of the Year while CGS Iloilo was awarded Station "A" of the Year for three (3) consecutive years under CG VADM FABRICANTE’s leadership. Further, he became the Deputy District Commander of the Coast Guard Visayas Area Command, now Coast Guard District Central Visayas and Coast Guard District Western Visayas. He assumed the position of District Commander of Coast Guard District Bicol from 03 November 2016 to 19 January 2018.

In 2020, he was tasked to spearhead the Task Force Bayanihan for Returning Overseas Filipinos (TF-BROF), the frontline group of the PCG in support to the National Government's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, TF-BROF has ensured the safe, swift, and convenient repatriation of OFWs and other returning overseas Filipinos.

The awards and decorations on CG VADM FABRICANTE’s uniform symbolizes the Patriotic, Compassionate, and God-fearing service which he renders for the country. He is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations namely, twenty-three (23) Coast Guard Merit Medals, two (2) Coast Guard Bronze Cross Medals and Ribbons, three (3) Coast Guard Search and Rescue Medals and Ribbons, three (3) Presidential Unit Citations, six (6) Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, eight (8) Coast Guard Superior Achievement Medals and Ribbons, three (3) Outstanding Achievement Medals and Ribbons, and Scores of Plaques and Certificates both from the Government and Private Sectors. He is also a recipient of the prestigious PMA Cavalier Award for Coast Guard Operations in 2016 at the Philippine Military Academy.

Prior to his current designation as the highest commanding Officer of the Philippine Coast Guard, he was designated as the Deputy Commandant for Operations, the Deputy Commandant for Administration, the Commander of Maritime Safety Services Command, the Commander of the Guard Surface Support Force, now Coast Guard Fleet, and as the Chief of Coast Guard Staff.

CG VADM FABRICANTE is happily married to Maria Melanie Timbol Fabricante. They are blessed with five (5) beautiful children namely, the late John Edward T Fabricante, Jonathan T Fabricante, John Paul Fabricante, Joshua T Fabricante and Joanna Mae T Fabricante.

COAST GUARD VICE ADMIRAL EDUARDO D FABRICANTE is an officer and a gentleman, a leader, high achiever, strategist, maritime law enforcer, an educator, an environmentalist, a mariner, an innovator, a family man and above all a God-fearing person whose dedication to the country and the people is truly genuine and exemplary.

CG ADM ARTEMIO M ABU

Coast Guard Admiral Artemio Manalo Abu was born and raised as the second child among the 11 siblings of Mr and Mrs Benjamin Endaya Abu of Barangay Luta Sur, Malvar, Batangas.   He takes pride of his status as a farmer’s son and a product of public school system who graduated as class valedictorian both in elementary and high school. 

He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in the upper one third of PMA Class ‘92.  He has completed his Master’s Degree in Marine Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  He has also taken some units at the College of Law at Adamson University.

He has undergone various local and foreign studies, among others:  the very important person protection and security course at the Presidential Security Group Training School in Malacanang Park, Manila;  Global Maritime Distress and Safety System General Operator’s Course as well as the  Maritime Search and Rescue Course at the Maritime Training Center in Fremantle, Western Australia; the  Basic Firefighting Course in Maritime Disaster Prevention Training Center in Yokosuka, Japan;  and the Individual Training Course in Search and Rescue at the Japan Coast Guard Headquarters in Tokyo,  Japan.

He has also completed various trainings in Coast Guard operations under the United States Coast Guard training team and communications and crisis management trainings through the professors of Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. 

He has represented the country during the Maritime Safety and Risk Analysis conference in Nova Scotia, Canada and during the Philippine-Japan-Indonesia Marine Pollution Exercise in Sorong, Indonesia.  He also served as the head of the Philippine delegation during the International Maritime Organization Conventions that were held in London, in South Korea and in Thailand.  He was sent by the Philippine government to the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia and to Beijing, China to observe best practices in the conduct of training of the Coast Guard being a universal and humanitarian service.

He has served as the director for academics and full time instructor at the Coast Guard Education and Training Command where he has been assigned as Course Director of three Coast Guard Officer Courses.  He has also served as an evaluator of the maritime training council of the Philippines which inspects and accredits maritime training   institutions in the country.  

At the National Headquarters of the Coast Guard, he has served as the Staff Weapons, Communications and Information System (CG-11), Staff for Ships and Aircraft Repair and Maintenance (CG-10), and Staff for Education and Training (CG-12). 

He also served as the technical adviser to the presidential adviser for Western Visayas during the Guimaras oil spill incident, and PCG focal person for the technical design of the ten (44) meter multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) acquired in Japan and five PCG vessels build in France.

As a Coast Guard officer, he has been assigned as provincial head of the Coast Guard in Camarines Provinces, Province of Masbate and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.   He has also served as commanding officer of various category of PCG ships. Where he has earned the most covetted Command at Sea Badge.  All of the units which Admiral Abu has commanded both ashore and afloat had the distinction as best unit of the year at the national level.

He was also assigned as the Commander of Coast Guard Ready Force which oversees the career management of officers and men who are assigned aboardship, as well as the maintenance and operational readiness all floating assets of the Philippine Coast Guard. A Ready Force Commander, he was instrumental in the design, identification of technical specification and qualifying the manning requirements for the fifteen brand new coast guard vessels which were acquired by the Philippine government from Japan and France.

By virtue of his exceptional organizational skills, management and leadership, he was entrusted by the PCG leadership to organize the Coast Guard District in Southern Visayas covering the provinces of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.  Said district takes pride of his achievements as the pioneering district commander, who is tremendously adored and respected by his men, the PCG Auxiliary members, the maritime stakeholders and the community as well.

He was also assigned as the district commander of Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog covering the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental  Mindoro, Occidental  Mindoro and Romblon.

During the recent Taal volcano eruption incident in January 2020, he was designated as the Commander of the PCG Task Force Taal, a response organization of the government which earned recognition and accolades from the affected community, the responders, other government agencies, and the media; and eventually propelled the Coast Guard as a uniformed, maritime and humanitarian service of the country.

He has also served as the Deputy Commander and subsequently designated as Acting Commander of the Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) where he was instrumental in the significant improvement of the living condition and teamwork of personnel assigned at the MEPCOM Headquarters.

When the COVID 19 pandemic hit the country, he was chosen by the PCG National Headquarters to be the senior PCG representative to the Joint Task Force COVID Shield at Camp Crame.

He was assigned as the Commander of the Coast Guard Education Training and Doctrine Command (CGETDC) whose vision is to make CGETDC as the prime mover in defining the culture and identity of the Coast Guard. 

Recently, he was recognized by the Philippine Military Academy as the distinguished Cavalier Awardee for 2021 in the field of Coast Guard Operation. The highest recognition given to a PMA alumnus for Outstanding Achievements in their field of endeavor.

He is married to the former Miss Carlota Vergara of Luta Norte and blessed with four children, Kevin Paul- a Certified Public Accountant working at Aecom International; Kariza Pamela – a second year in the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines-Manila; Kurt Patrick – third year engineering student at the University of Sto Tomas; and Karina Paula - second year high school student currently studying at De La Salle Lipa.

His vision for the Philippine Coast Guard is to liken its existence to the basic but most important unit of society – the family.  He is very consistent in his advocacy: “dapat ay maging isang pamilya tayo na nagkakaisa, may malasakit sa bawat isa at may magandang pakikitungo sa komunidad!”

He wants to establish the identity and culture of the Coast Guard:  culture of respect, culture of discipline, culture of thrust, teamwork and selfless public service.  Among his first agenda is to define the core values of the coast guard and promote good human relations among fellow Coastguardians.