By Bohol Island News Staff | 11:59 AM November 14, 2019
Bohol Governor Art Yap on Thursday commended SN1 Ralph Barajan of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for his gallantry and exemplary display of genuine service to the nation by saving the lives of the passengers and crew of the capsized M/V Siargao Princess last November 7, 2019.
A certificate of recognition and cash incentive was also given to Barajan.
Lt. Patrick John Cabasag, PCG-Bohol commander, Ralph’s wife Mary Anne Joy, and the rest of the Coast Guard men and women were present and in full support.
On Wednesday, the Holy Name University (HNU) also commended Barajan’s heroic deeds.
PCG Central Visayas spokesperson Lt. Junior Grade Michael Encina said that all of those onboard MV Siargo Princess which sank five nautical miles from the coast of Sibonga were rescued by BRP Suluan which was deployed from Tagbilaran City.
PCG underscored that Barajan has depicted PCG’s core values of professionalism, commitment and gallantry.
According to the PCG, Barajan was on-board MV Siargao Princess when he noticed the “worsening” condition of the boat due to the strong waves it had encountered.
The vessel sank an hour after it left Catagbacan Port in Loon.
Barajan who was off duty and a passenger of the ill-fated craft assisted other passengers and crew as they abandoned the sinking vessel.