in 2018 while i was supervising the clearing and demolition of debris in Marawi MAA ( Most Affected Areas ) , the Brigade Commander ( then Col Romeo Brawner ) asked if our company is interested in constructing a sheltered port in the contested WPS area . Back then , the company's exposure on DND / DOTR projects were minimal and while we are desperate need to acquire projects that has 1B capital , going to the WPS is something that we have to seriously consider. So i politely told him that i will discuss that matter my superiors since this type of transactions where mostly handled by someone way above my Pay Grade
that weekend Colonel Brawner was invited to have breakfast with our VP , by lunch i was asked to join that quite discussion and ask my opinion about the mobilization of equipment and material to WPS . while i was very cautious with my response and impress to my superior that pro's and cons of the proposed project , it was clear that an initial arrangement was made. That week i chauffeured multiple Military Brass and DOTR dignitaries between CDO and Marawi inspecting the clearing and demolition activities i was conducting at MAA . Although they were mostly there to check our demolition and clearing methodology , the questions they asked where about the mobilization of equipment from Lanao Del Norte to the West Phil Sea.
the ff week , i was instructed to fly to Manila to conduct a ocular inspection in Palawan . I was excited then since i have never been to Palawan before . my impression then was that we wil have a new Project in Mainland Palawan so i planned to make the most of it like a quick visit to Coron or El Nido , or the famous Honda Bay .
after a two day stop at our makati Office i boarded a PAF Nomad plane from Villamor to Puerto PRincesa. there the Plane had engine trouble and i had to stay in Puerto Princesa until the plane is fixed . It was my first time in Puerto Princesa, so i plan to make the most of it . I explored Downtown Puerto Princessa by day and hit the clubs by night particularly the clubs in Junction 1 and Rizal Street .
On my second day, realization came to me why the nature of my travel was more catered by the Military Assets , the plane i flew was PAF , the hotel that i stayed is frequented by the Navy and the office i was assigned was a building inside the Puerto Princesa International Airport Occupied by PAF / PN / DOTR and Provincial Engineering Office Technical Staff .
My passing curiosity was answered when WESCOM U2 invited ( Invited since Im no longer in the Army, they cant order me around anymore ) me to attend a short Briefing . a briefing conducted by 1 Lt Colonel , 2 Captains and 1 very sexy 2LT. I was the only recipient of that briefing . and after a short phone call from my immediate superior , i hesitantly signed 3 different forms of NDA , had my security clearance re- instated and stern warnings that any unauthorized disclosure will meant sanction that might led to imprisonment or worse, Recalled to Active Military Service.
After 2 months exploring the West Philippine Sea and working with the Task Force I have submitted a lengthy brief regarding how to address the staggering development of the WEst Phil Sea and the presence of unwanted guests. Our company bid and won the port Project in one of major islands in WPS and my infernal yet satisfying journey began .
2 years after , the issue in the WPS is still escalating , we now have a working port and ongoing construction of the PAF Base. i still havent visited El Nido and Coron or even Honda Bay . But i stayed 1 month in Tubbataha