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OPAV commends off-duty Coast Guard SN1 Barajan for heroic act

Ella Montalban, Bohol Island News Staff | Posted on 9:43 a.m., Nov. 11, 2019

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has given a commendation to Seaman First Class (SN1) Ralph Barajan of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG-7) after he helped saved the lives of the passengers of the M/V Siargao Princess last week.

A copy of the commendation was sent to the members of the Cebu media this morning.

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OPAV Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino described him as one of the “living heroes” that exist in this modern world.

“You are simply a role model to all our uniformed men that even during our rest days, our service remains and that we will always be available for the people who need our help,” Dino wrote on his commendation letter.

Dino added that he looks forward to meeting Barajan to personally congratulate him.

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Dino also commended PCG-7 for its quick response during the said maritime incident.

SN1 Barajan, who was off duty at that time, was instrumental in the rescue of the passengers of the vessel that sank after it was hit by big waves while on its way to Sibonga town.

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