By: Vener Quintin C. Taguba, Jr.
NAMRIA celebrated its 30th Anniversary at the NAMRIA Volleyball Court, Lawton Ave., Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City on 30 June 2017 with the theme “Charting and Mapping – More Important than ever.” The festivity was hosted by the Hydrography Branch (HB). The event included DENR Loyalty Awards; NAMRIA Best Employee, Service, and other special awards; and individual and branch competitions.
The day started with a Eucharistic Celebration by Rev. Lauro A. Ramos where the NAMRIA chorale performed a song number entitled “Seasons of Love.”
NAMRIA Chorale during the Thanksgiving Mass
Commodore Jacinto M. Cablayan, HB Director, delivered the opening remarks and introduced NAMRIA Administrator Peter N. Tiangco for his anniversary message. Administrator Tiangco stated that “the past 30 years have witnessed the transformation of NAMRIA from a fledgling agency to one with commendable strength and solid achievements.”
Administrator Peter N. Tiangco delivers his speech
Commodore Cablayan during the opening remarks
In his speech, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu stressed the significance and importance of maps by narrating his experience back in the day wherein he and his troops were surrounded by rebel troops. The only way out was through artillery bombardment on their left side where there was a heavy concentration of rebel forces. Due to the proximity of the rebels to their position, he needed to give the exact coordinates for the bombardment. If not for the accuracy of the maps he used, it would not have been successful.
DENR Secretary Cimatu as guest speaker
The messages were followed by the awards for DENR and NAMRIA employees and the contests. The recognized best employees from each branch are the ff: Resource Data Analysis Branch (RDAB) - Supervising Remote Sensing Technologist Estela C. Gumabon and Admin. Assistant I Nurigem R. Navarro; Support Services Branch (SSB) - Cashier III Cecilla I. Capistrano and Seaman 3rd Class Florenia Q. Gilpa; HB - Engineer IV Mario A. Princer, Cartographer I Darius T. Quimimg, Lt. Senior Grade Maylord M. de Chavez, and Petty Officer III Nolasco L. Ragay; Mapping and Geodesy Branch (MGB) - Engineer II Janette Vher S. Javier and Cartographer II Francia J. Clerigo; and Geospatial Information System Management Branch (GISMB) -Information Technology Officer III Romel J. Francisco and Admin. Assistant III Dorothy C. Salvador. The branches competed as they portrayed the following cartoon characters: Happy Feet by GISMB; Moana by RDAB; Little Mermaid by MGB; Lilo and Stitch by SSB; and SpongeBob SquarePants by HB. MGB placed first in the competition while RDAB placed second. Consolation prizes were also given to the other branches.
(left) DENR and (right) NAMRIA awardees
Winners for the NAMRIA mobile app development contest coming from the University of the Philippines-Diliman
Launching and Hand-Over Ceremony for the Booklet on the DENR Secretary’s Five-Year
Action Program for ENR for Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Development
The Mr. and Mrs. NAMRIA 2017 contest was won by the SSB contestants, Ms. Ma. Luz H. Gigantone and Mr. Conrado F. Apolonio, while MGB won first runner up with Engr. Hennesey R. Marohom and Engr. Rolando C. Gatchalian. There was an individual Best Costume contest based on the ocean adventure anniversary motif wherein Ms. Florenia Q. Gilpa of SSB as Ursula and Mr. Florencio A. Rosas of RDAB as Poseidon tied for first place while Mr. Gilbert V. Cano of HB as SpongeBob SquarePants placed second.
2017 Mr. and Mrs. NAMRIA winners, Mrs. Gigantone and Mr. Apolonio
Mr. and Mrs. NAMRIA 2017 contestants
Best costume winners (left) Ms. Gilpa as Ursula and (right) Mr. Rosas as Poseidon
The judges during the competition were Atty. Ma. Venus Amelie G. Mejia – Senior Associate of Carag Zaballero Llamado and Abiera Law Offices; Atty. Jocelyn Castillo-Sarmiento is a State Solicitor from the Office of the Solicitor General; Atty. Benjamin I. Gaspi – Acting Director, Internal Affairs Services – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (IAS-PDEA); Ms. Rafoncell T. Soledad of the Commission of Audit; and Mr. Domino C. Marcos, conductor of several church performing chorales in Metro Manila.
Talent portion numbers from Mr. and Mrs. NAMRIA
Winning branch presentation from MGB (Little Mermaid)
Hosts Mr. Aaron Andro Ching and Ms. Chyrene Moncada
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