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New PAF TOG-10 top brass stresses safety program

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (4 April) -- Lt. Col. Raul L. Del Rosario has assumed the leadership of the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) Tactical Operations Group, Northern Mindanao (TOG-10) vice Col. Nicanor Vivar who has been promoted.

Del Rosario was Director for Operations of the 15th Strike Wing, PAF prior to his assignment as Group Commander of TOG-10.

Born in Lupao, Nueva Ecija, he was a consistent honor student since elementary and high school and was a B. S. Chemical Engineering Junior at Adamson University when he entered the Philippine Military Academy where he obtained a college degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in April 1984.

He holds a degree of Master of Management Defense Studies from the University of Canberra, Australia. It was also at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra where he took up the PAF Joint Command and Staff Course.

A recipient of various awards that included the Distinguished Service Star, Bronze Cross Medal, 25 Military Merit Medals, 5 Silver Wing Medals, 2 Kahusayan Awards and a long list of citations, recognitions and appreciation from his former superiors and the civilian community where he was previously assigned, Del Rosario believes that TOG-10 should take a strong determination to fulfill its mission by ensuring the safety of its personnel and equipment.

"Even though mission accomplishment is the primary goal of the unit, its safety is of primordial concern," he said.

To effectively achieve this, TOG-10 has conceived the Group's Safety Program which is aimed at performing every mission successfully without any incident and accident.

"Safety precautions and reminders in all areas of work were properly defined to re-emphasize safety as an individual effort and not only the sole responsibility by those who are performing safety functions" Del Rosario said.

Regular safety meetings with the different operation control (OPCON) flying units were conducted by TOG-10 where pilots are reminded to have a good flight plan before and after every flight and strictly observe it by not performing unnecessary maneuvers.

During their idle time, designated safety officers of every element were encouraged to conduct review on aircraft capabilities and emergency procedures purposely to enhance their capabilities during unexpected situations.

Meanwhile, to protect the personnel from accidents and damage to properties and equipment, TOG-10 provided as much as possible, a safe working environment free from all recognized hazards for its personnel and resources,.

"Safety sections of TOG-10 regularly conducts seminars and lectures to all personnel and ground equipments are checked to ensure its worthiness while it conducts semi-annual inspections on its buildings and facilities through physical check-up on all electrical and communication lines, as well as armory and bomb shed areas that are considered primary hazardous concerns," Del Rosario also said.

It also distributes and posts "Fire Safety" brochures from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the different areas of their compound, inspects fire extinguishers if they are suitably placed inside its buildings, reviews fire escape plans and makes sure evacuation priority numbers are properly displayed in all equipment and furniture of the offices.

In exercising utmost safety consciousness, fire suppression equipment are placed on designated areas to be easily deployed and used during fires or as the need arises, Del Rosario also said. (PIA 10) [top]

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