Commander, Marine Environmental Protection Command CG VADM ROBERT N PATRIMONIO, together with Acting Deputy Commander and Director, National Operations for Oil Pollution, CG COMMO FIDELES D SALLIDAO and Acting Superintendent, Marine Environmental Protection Training Institute, CG CAPT PATRICK G BABAG headed the Graduation Ceremony of the Basic Marine Environmental Protection Orientation Course (BMEPOC) Class 04, 08, 10, 11, 12 and 14-2023, and the Convening Ceremony of BMEPOC Class 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21-2023 aboard PCG Gymnasium, Coast Guard Base Farola, last 21 July 2023.

One hundred sixty-five (165) students composed the graduating classes of the BMEPOC after successfully completing all necessary requirements of the said course. It was then followed by the Convening Ceremony of BMEPOC Class 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21-2023. The classes are composed of One hundred fifty-eight (158) students that will be conducted via face-to-face and online platform.

In his speech, CG VADM PATRIMONIO urged the graduating and newly convened students to do their best and to do it faithfully. And be the beginning of an extraordinary journey that will not only envision minds but also ignite a profound sense of purpose within their hearts.

This course aims to equip the MEPCOM personnel with the basic knowledge and skills in performing the MEP mandates of this Command.