Olympians in service: Petecio, weightlifter Ando receive PCG command plaque

Published August 25, 2021, 6:17 AM

by Richa Noriega

Filipina Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio and weightlifter Elreen Ando, who both brought home glory as they represent the country in the Tokyo Olympics, have personally received the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s command plaque on Monday, Aug. 23.

Filipina Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio and weightlifter Elreen Ando, who both brought home glory as they represent the country in the Tokyo Olympics, have personally received the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s command plaque on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the PCG)

PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. has personally handed the command plaque to Petecio and Ando during the awarding ceremony at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila.

Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Petecio and Apprentice Seawoman (ASW) Ando was enlisted in Coast Guard service as they took their oath at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila on Aug. 19 that was graced by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio received the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s command plaque on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the PCG)
Weightlifter Elreen Ando received the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s command plaque on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the PCG)

Ursabia encouraged the Olympians to continuously inspire their fellow Filipinos to work hard to achieve their dreams.

PO3 Petecio, who hailed from Davao del Sur, bagged the silver medal win in the women’s featherweight (54-57kg) division of the Tokyo Olympics last Aug. 3.

She became the third boxer to win an Olympic silver medal after Anthony Villanueva (men’s feather) at the 1964 Tokyo Games and Onyok Velasco (men’s light fly) at the 1996 Atlanta.

Meanwhile, ASW Ando, from Cebu City, settled for seventh place in the women’s 64-kg weightlifting division of the Tokyo Olympics on July 27.

PO3 Petecio and ASW Ando will join the Coast Guard Special Service Office (CGSSO) – one of the PCG units at the National Headquarters.

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