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The BRP Ang Pangulo Yacht burn while repairing in Batangas :(

CAMP VICENTE LIM, LAGUNA—A 10-minute fire damaged the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo while it was undergoing repair at a pier in Bauan, Batangas on Saturday, the Inquirer learned yesterday.

A report reaching this camp said the fire started at around 6:30 a.m. It was put out about 10 minutes later by responding firemen.

The vessel was undergoing repair at the Keppel Dry Dock in Barangay San Miguel when the fire broke out, the report said.

It said investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

But a source told the Inquirer that a short circuit in the main engine of the vessel started the fire.

The source added that the Presidential Security Group barred arson investigators from entering the yacht.

For still unknown reasons, the PSG personnel deployed in the area instructed even the local police not to divulge the incident to the media, the source said.

“The PSG said the directive came from Malacañang,” the source told the Inquirer.

 
Navy personnel were slightly injured as they helped put out the fire. The Navy said the yacht suffered “minor damages.”

In a statement, the Philippine Navy said Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga, Navy chief, has ordered an investigation.

The fire damaged the boat’s airconditioning unit, water pipes, electrical wiring, dust catcher room, skylight openings and sight glass for reserve tanks and pressure gauges.

The VIP and other rooms were spared from the fire.

The Navy said the boat could have been destroyed had not its watches acted immediately.

The watches, who were on routine inspection, noticed smoke near the access door to the main and auxiliary engine rooms, according to the initial report submitted by the Ang Pangulo commanding officer, Commander Gaudencio Collado Jr.

The watches failed to control the fire with extinguishers. They were joined by the crew and shipyard personnel in putting out the fire.

Firefighters from the Bauan Bureau of Fire Protection and the crew of other boats in the shipyard also helped put out the fire.

The Ang Pangulo (or AT 25) has been undergoing repairs at the Keppel Batangas Shipyard in Bauan, Batangas since November.

The repairs are expected to be finished in February.

The Philippine government bought the yacht for $3 million in 1959. It can accommodate up to 400 people.

The yacht became controversial when, in August 1998, then President Joseph Estrada announced that private donors pooled P100 million to give it a facelift.

In January 2001, President Macapagal-Arroyo said she would sell all presidential luxury assets, including the Ang Pangulo, to generate revenue, but the boat remained in government hands.

The government tried to sell it for $5.5 million, but there were no takers. Marlon Ramos, PDI Southern Luzon Bureau; Dona Pazzibugan, in Manila and Jamie Alarcon, PDI Research :sad:
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Re: Bid for various maintenance items on Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009, 12:03:20 AM »
"Other projects of the Palace museum include the renovation of the presidential yacht Ang Pangulo and its renaming to Ang Pag-asa, at the same time instituting it as a mobile historical landmark."

- from StarWeek's Magazine
 
Visiting the Presidents' Rooms
By Juaniyo Y. Arcellana Updated February 15, 2009 12:00 AM
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=440347&publicationSubCategoryId=90

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Re: Bid for various maintenance items on Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 02:34:21 AM »
I wonder how maintained that vessel is after the fire. If that has been refurbished back into its presidential yacth features, it could fetch millions of dollars at an auction with the proceeds being used to buy second hand patrol boats for the Navy or other equipments needed.
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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 10:42:54 AM »
Speaking of ships, naval assets of our own Philippine Navy would be getting additional boost with the scheduled re-commissioning of the erstwhile presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo. It underwent refurbishment in Zamboanga and is set to be re-commissioned into service on March 6. However, it would henceforth be known under a new name, BRP Ang Pag-asa, or in English, “The Hope.”

No less than President Arroyo is invited for the traditional re-commissioning rites to be held here in Manila South Harbor port. This I learned from Philippine Navy official spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo. The Commander-in-Chief has given up the presidential yacht for use of the Philippine Navy. The former presidential yacht has its share of dark days in our country’s history that included the lavish parties hosted by the Marcoses during their regime.

When she took over the Palace, former President Corazon C. Aquino turned the yacht into a support vessel that transported troopers from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to her provincial sorties. Her successors, former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Estrada did the same thing. It would go back to the sea under the stewardship now of the Philippine Navy headed by Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez.

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Re: BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25)
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 10:50:46 AM »
Great find Mr. S  :thumbsup:
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Re: BRP Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009, 11:36:34 PM »
PGMA leads renaming of B.R.P. Ang Pangulo to B.R.P. Ang pag-asa

http://www.gov.ph/news/?i=23792

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead tomorrow (Friday) the commemoration of the 50th Commissioning Anniversary of the Presidential Yacht B.R.P. Ang Pangulo and its renaming to B.R.P. Pag-asa at Pier 13 of the South Pier.

The renaming of the vessel is meant to reflect the hope it has often brought with it on its numerous missions around the country, particularly in times of calamity and natural disaster.

The event is hosted by the Philippine Navy, which uses the vessel as an auxiliary transport.

The President will unveil the historical marker at the quarterdeck, after which, she will proceed to the 2nd deck level for the renaming ceremonies.

She will then witness the casing of the ship’s official seal as B.R.P. Pangulo and then the casing of the ship’s new official seal as B.R.P. Pag-asa.

The President will then proceed to the 3rd deck level for the unveiling of the ship’s new name plate “Pag-asa.”

The vessel was built in Japan as part of that country’s war reparations to the Philippines. At the initiative of President Carlos P. Garcia, the vessel was designed specifically for use as a presidential yacht by Filipino naval engineers, and was christened with its original name of R.P.S. Lapu-Lapu and commissioned into the Navy on March 7, 1959 as its flagship, a status it held until December, 1961.

President Diosdado Macapagal in the following year ordered its conversion to a naval troop transport, renaming it R.P.S. Roxas after the fifth President of the Philippines in rites led by Mrs. Trinidad Roxas.This was the first time a navy ship had been named in honor of a president.

Later the vessel was renamed R.P.S. The President and then B.R.P. Ang Pangulo by President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who restored its use as the presidential yacht, a status it has retained in all succeeding presidencies to the present day.

President Macapagal himself used another, older, presidential yacht, the R.P.S. Santa Maria, which he renamed R.P.S. Pag-Asa, the name by which it had also been called a decade earlier under President Ramon Magsaysay. This ship was later decommissioned by the Navy in 1993.

It is in honor of these earlier periods under Presidents Magsaysay and Macapagal, and to emphasize its service to the people throughout the archipelago, that the B.R.P. Ang Pangulo has been renamed B.R.P. Pag-Asa by President Arroyo.

As it has throughout the Arroyo administration and over its 50 year life, the vessel, operated by Naval Taskforce “Sealion”, continues at the President’s instruction to carry out relief and medical missions all over the islands, aid in emergency search and rescue efforts, perform naval functions, promote tourism, culture and local products, as well as serve the presidency and the government.

The following is the text of a historical marker to be unveiled by the President during the 50th anniversary ceremonies:

B.R.P. PAG-ASA (AT-25)

THE PRESIDENTIAL YACHT

One of 15 ocean-going vessels provided by the Government of Japan as part of war reparations to the Republic of the Philippines during the administration of President Carlos P. Garcia, what was first called Bow No. 77 was designed as the Presidential Yacht by Filipino naval engineers and built at the Ishikawajima Dry-Docks in Tokyo.

Its keel was laid at the Harume Yard on July 16, 1958 and the vessel was launched on October 16 of that year. Sea trials were conducted under Lt. Cmdr. Manuel Mandapat PN, its first commanding officer, on February 9 and 10, 1959. It was designated the flagship of the Philippine Navy by President Garcia through Executive Order on February 13, 1959, and delivered to the Philippine Government on February 28. It was christened R.P.S. Lapu-Lapu (PY-77) and commissioned into the Philippine Navy on March 7. On April 2, the vessel arrived in Manila.

The first presidential engagement held aboard took place on April 7, 1959, and the ship’s first mission, a trade and cultural floating exposition with ports of call in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, was carried out from April 19 to June 4, 1959. The vessel has since been extensively used for relief, emergency search and rescue, patrol, auxiliary transport and command vessel purposes in addition to performing its duties to the presidency and the government. Many distinguished persons, including General Douglas Macarthur on his sentimental journey in 1961, and numerous heads of state and government, have been aboard as official guests.

Flagship status was revoked by President Diosdado Macapagal on December 31, 1961, and the vessel was renamed R.P.S. Roxas (TP-71) on October 9, 1962, the first instance of a naval ship being named in honor of a Philippine president. It was renamed R.P.S. The President (TP-777) by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on January 11, 1967 and renamed anew as B.R.P. Ang Pangulo (TP-777) on July 1, 1971. Its hull number was altered to AT-25 by President Corazon C. Aquino on September 24, 1986. From 1998 to 2000, extensive refurbishment took place under President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

On March 6, 2009, the eve of its 50th commissioning anniversary, the ship was renamed B.R.P. Pag-Asa (AT-25) by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in fitting ceremonies celebrating an outstanding legacy of service to the Republic.

The marker was provided by the Office of the President through the Malacañang Museum, in coordination with the National Historical Institute.

And, since its Friday, the President, who is now the climate czar, will also inspect and will be given a briefing by Commander Galang on the waste management project of the BRP Ang Pag-asa.
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Re: BRP Ang Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009, 11:59:51 PM »
Its current mission . . . a medical ship

Monday, 14 January 2008
Local officials thank GMA for ‘medical ship’ BRP Ang Pangulo

By Yul Malicse
Original report at The Manila Bulletin
http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN20080114114365.html

http://bayan-natin.blogspot.com/2008/01/local-officials-thank-gma-for-medical.html

Local government units from the country’s poorest provinces and other areas hailed President Arroyo yesterday for transforming the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo into a mobile medical facility to deliver free medical services and medicines to their needy constituents.

"The people of Surigao del Norte are heartfully thankful to President Arroyo for this humanitarian gesture," said Gov. Robert Ace S. Barbers of Surigao del Norte, one of 10 provinces set to receive medical services from the presidential yacht this month.

Aside from Surigao del Norte, the other provinces that would be served by the presidential yacht are Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Maguindanao, Masbate, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Biliran and Lanao del Norte.

Mountain Province, which is also listed as among the poorest provinces in the country, benefitted earlier from the "Serbisyo Muna Project" which has been expanded by Mrs. Arroyo through Administrative Order No. 159. The project is now known as People’s Government Mobile Action, with the acronym PGMA.

Since Mountain Province in the Cordillera is a noncoastal area, medical and socioeconomic services were delivered by Serbisyo Muna and the PGMA through the coordination of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chairman and chief executive officer Efraim C. Genuino.

The National Statistical and Coordination Board (NSCB) has provided a list of the country’s 79 provinces ranked according to the 2003 Poverty Incidence Report.

Genuino, known for supporting pro-poor and humanitarian projects not only in far-flung places but also in depressed areas in Metro Manila, conferred with Commodore Jose Luis M. Alano, commander of the Service Force of the Philippine Fleet, and Capt. Antonio M. Mendoza, commanding officer of BRP Ang Pangulo, immediately after Mrs. Arroyo issued the order last week to transform BRP Ang Pangulo into a mobile medical facility.

"This is the first time that the BRP Ang Pangulo is committed fully for delivery of medical services to the country’s poorest provinces," Alano and Genuino both said.

"This is not simply undertaking a medical mission. This is delivery of medical services and needed medicines to the fullest, and for free," they added.

In his meeting with Alano and Mendoza, Genuino was accompanied by Pagcor corporate communications chief Edward "Dodie" King and former Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolf Edward "Bong" Plaza, project coordinator. Plaza himself is a resident of Agusan del Sur, one of the country’s poorest provinces.

Genuino has donated an X-ray machine and led a team in viewing the structure of the vessel to install the other much needed medical facilities, including operation room.

The facility will render free medical treatment and consultations on dental problems, eye ailments including cataract, circumcision, kidney and heart ailments among other medical cases.
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Re: BRP Ang Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 06:21:55 AM »

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leads the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Commissioning of the Presidential Yacht BRP Ang Pangulo (AT-25) and its naming to BRP Pag-Asa Friday (March 6) at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila. Also in photo from left are Philippine Navy FOIC Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro. (Benjamin S. Basug Jr. OPS NIB Photo)

Short Clip on the commissioning of BRP Pag-asa



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Re: BRP Ang Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009, 06:27:44 AM »
Presidential yacht gets new name

By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:11:00 03/07/2009
Filed Under: Government, Waterway & Maritime Transport

MANILA, Philippines—Changing its name doesn’t diminish its storied past or erase one’s memories of its glitzy affairs graced by the likes of Britain’s Princess Margaret, American pianist Van Cliburn and sultry Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida.

Welcome aboard the BRP Pag-asa!

President Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday cast off the old name of the presidential yacht BRP (Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas) Ang Pangulo and formally changed it into BRP Pag-asa.

Ms Arroyo witnessed the unveiling of the ship’s new official seal at the VIP Lounge on the second deck while the vessel was docked at Pier 13, North Harbor in Manila.

On the third deck, she unveiled the ship’s new nameplate, waving at TV crews and photographers below. With her were Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and Navy officials, led by Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Ferdinand Golez.

Its hull painted white, the ship was adorned with Navy flags and pennants of different colors for the commemoration.

The renaming coincided with the Navy’s commemoration of the 50th commissioning anniversary of the ship built in Tokyo’s dry docks as part of Japan’s war reparations to the Philippines in 1959.

Rich, sad past

The ship’s presidential image suffered when it was revealed during the impeachment trial of then President Joseph Estrada that he was using it to hold gambling sessions and private parties for his friends.

Estrada was toppled in a People’s Power revolt in January 2001.

Even before Estrada, the ship had had a rich, colorful and a sad past.

It was aboard the Ang Pangulo where the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos entertained heads of state, foreign ambassadors and members of a glittering jet set that included Princess Margaret, Van Cliburn, Lollobrigida, British ballerina Margot Fonteyn, Russian danceur Rudolf Nureyev and an assortment of duchesses.

A former Palace media officer recalled a time in the mid-1970s when Marcos and his first lady Imelda held a succession of four New Year’s Eve parties which included the inauguration of a “floating casino” on Manila Bay, where Lollobrigida threw the first dice.

The celebration culminated on the presidential ship, where a chamber orchestra “serenaded the Marcoses with violins” and the couple sang a duet, said the media officer, who asked not to be identified to avoid being swarmed by requests for press interviews.

But it wasn’t all gaiety for Marcos.

As opposition to his regime grew and a kidney illness struck him, the ship at times became a grim mini-hospital complete with medical equipment, where aides kept Marcos for certain periods “to isolate him from media eyes,” the source told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).

Navy officials said they had suggested the name Pag-asa to Ms Arroyo to give the ship a “regal” image and make the vessel more attuned to the needs of the times.

“It was named Pag-asa to signify optimism in the future. Pag-asa means hope. Through this ship, we’re having these positive hopes that we will grow into the kind of Navy that we all need,” Vice Admiral Golez told reporters.

Clean break?

Officials say the ship now performs relief and medical missions, helps in emergency search and rescue operations, and promotes tourism and culture, among others.

The last time Ms Arroyo was on board was when she went diving off Mindoro a few months ago, officials said.

Nothing much has changed on the ship since Ms Arroyo took over from Estrada, according to Golez.

For instance, the carpeted VIP Lounge on the second deck, adorned with paintings and equipped with a piano at the back, looks the same as before, he said.

Asked for his reaction to the renaming of the ship, Estrada said on the phone: “What’s in a name?”

Estrada said he even had the presidential ship “remodelled without government expenses” during his time.

“It was also refurbished to make it presentable to foreign dignitaries,” he said.


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Re: BRP Ang Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 06:36:04 AM »
In the know: BRP Ang Pangulo

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:22:00 03/07/2009
Filed Under: Government, Waterway & Maritime Transport

MANILA, Philippines—The 2,700-ton presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo was acquired by the government in 1959 for $3 million and was first used by President Carlos P. Garcia.

It measures 246.75 feet (75 meters) from stem to stern and cruises at 17 knots. It could accommodate 400 people when it was new.

Garcia often used the presidential yacht in his trips to the South.

President Macapagal-Arroyo’s father, President Diosdado Macapagal, who ran for president in 1961 on the theme “simple living,” promised not to sail aboard the yacht if elected.

He remained true to his word. He used, instead, another ship, the RPS Santa Maria, which he renamed RPS Pag-asa.

Starlets on board

Under Ferdinand Marcos, the ship was said to have been used to host lavish parties. Marcos also reportedly used to waterski with foreign diplomats off the ship.

Marcos was also said to have enjoyed the company of “up-and-coming starlets” on the ship.

First Lady Imelda Marcos was also reported to have been serenaded aboard by Hollywood actor George Hamilton.

Among the guests entertained by the Marcoses on board were British ballerina Margot Fonteyn, actress Brooke Shields, danceur Rudolf Nureyev, concert pianist Van Cliburn and Cristina Ford, former wife of Henry Ford II, who was once chairman of Ford Motor Co.

For sale

In September 1986, during the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the ship was offered for sale at $5.5 million but had no takers. Maintenance of the yacht was costing the government P400,000 a month.

In 1996, President Fidel Ramos took Chinese President Jiang Zemin on a cruise aboard the ship and they sang a duet.

In his time, President Joseph Estrada used the yacht for visits to Mindanao, where it functioned as the “Malacañang of the South.” It was later alleged that he used the vessel for gambling sessions with friends and for other nocturnal activities.

Testifying at the Senate in October 2000, former Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson said he gave P1 million each to two senators as “balato” (token) from Estrada’s gambling winnings. He said Estrada won in a mahjong game on the ship in Cebu City in April 1999.

Estrada did not deny having won but said he had “forgotten the amount.”

Fire on board

After taking office in 2001, Ms Arroyo announced she was prepared to sell the ship, along with other “presidential luxury assets,” to address the budget deficit.

In 2006, a fire broke out on board while the yacht was undergoing repairs in Batangas. It suffered minor damage.

Originally named RPS (Republic of the Philippines Ship) Lapu-Lapu, the ship was renamed Roxas in 1962 after President Manuel Roxas, and “The President’’ in 1967 and “Ang Pangulo’’ in 1975 during the Marcos regime.


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Re: BRP Ang Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 04:59:23 PM »
Check out the armament.

Short Clip on the commissioning of BRP Pag-asa



Looks like they just painted over the name . . . you can still see the old embossed name here.







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Re: BRP Pag-asa (AT-25) - ex Ang Pangulo
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2009, 07:00:24 PM »
^^^^^Looking at the last picture, it looks like with the tarps removed from the upper deck, there's a helipad space (safety nets down).  Not impossible if the deck will be rated for such use, though. 
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