PH Navy chief receives award from Cavite gov’t

The chief of the country’s 24,000-men strong maritime force has received recognition from the local government of Cavite City for his “outstanding work performance” in the Philippine Navy.

In a press release from the Naval Public Affairs Office posted on the official website of the navy, it has been noted that Vice Admiral Caesar Taccad, the current Flag Officer in Command (FOIC), has been appreciated for his meritorious service rendered as a military officer and as a Caviteño.

Mayor Bernardo “Totie” Paredes and Councilor Denver Chua handed over the award to the three-star general during a simple ceremony held at the covered court of Samonte Park, Cavite City.

Taccad, who also hails from the city, assumed the top position in the naval force last August 10. He has been in military service since 1982, after he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science from the Philippine Military Academy.

Prior to becoming the FOIC, Taccad had served the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as vice commander of the Philippine Navy, chief of naval staff, naval inspector general, deputy commander of the Philippine Fleet, commander of Naval Forces Northern Luzon, deputy commander of Naval Forces West, program director for logistics and defense acquisition, and director of the Naval Modernization Office.

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Taccad was also able to complete nine and a half years of sea duty, and has been a commander of several military ships, including BRP Ang Pangulo, which is the official maritime vessel of the President of the Philippines.