Mateo Mayuga

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Retired Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga was the former Flag Officer in Charge of the Philippine Navy. He was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on December 2, 2005. He has served a total of 34 years until he retired in 2007. Mayuga is a decorated military personnel, having been awarded Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Office) and several Distinguished Service Stars. He also led military inquiry into the involvement of at least four generals tagged in the “Hello Garci” election fraud scandal. Mayuga is a member of the PMA Class of 1973.



Mayuga obtained his Bachelors degree from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). He received specialized training in Anti-submarine Warfare at the Fleet Combat Training Centers in Virginia Beach and San Diego, California, USA in 1981. He graduated top of his class during the Naval Command and Staff Course (1989), and the General Staff Course (1994) at the AFP Command and General Staff College. In 1999, he completed his Masters in National Security and Policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

At the War College, he also undertook studies on Civil Military Relations, Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation and US Policy on China. He holds a Masters Degree in Management (1985) from the Asian Institute of Management and was trained in Integrated Logistics System at Harris Corporation in Long Island, New York in 1982.

Military profile

Mayuga began his 34 year naval career as the Platoon Commander of the Philippine Marines in 1973. He then proceeded to complete his first of four-year sea tour culminating as Executive Officer of BRP TIRADPASS (SAR-100). He also commanded the of BRP Limwasa (AE-79) and BRP Cebu (PS-28), and in various other line and staff functions. During his command tour, his ship won the coveted Coast Guard Ship of the Year and the Philippine Ship of the Year awards in 1991 for operational excellence.

Upon completion of his sea tour, he was appointed Chief of Staff and Chief of the Psychological Operations outfit of the Civil Relations Service, AFP (CRSAFP). As Chief of Naval Personnel, N1, from 1996 to 1998, he authored the creation of the Fields of Specialization for Naval Officers. He also served as the Philippine Co-Exercise Director of the RP-US Military Exercise Balikatan 2000 involving 4,328 US and RP Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines personnel. He served as the second Chief of the AFP Real Estate Office, where he introduced the concept of “off-base housing” for AFP Personnel.

He also served as the Inspector General, AFP (2005), Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS) for Personnel, J1, AFP (2002) and Commodore, Naval Forces North in Northern Philippines (2001). In addition he had also commanded two Naval Task Forces - Task Force 61 in Southern Philippines, and Task Force 80 - the combined exercise Task Force of the Philippine Navy.

On December 2005, he was appointed by former President Arroyo as the Flag Officer in Command, the highest post in the Philippine Navy. He retired on September 2006 after serving the Philippine Navy for 34 years.

Awards and recognitions

In appreciation of his many years of dedicated service, Mayuga was decorated wit h seven distinguished Service Stars, the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Office), two Outstanding Achievement Medals, a Navy Cross, and numerous Military Merit and Commendation Medals. The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAAI) also honored him with the much-coveted Cavalier Award for Military Service in 2004.




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