By Coca H. Strobar
The Phil Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association (PMMAAA) granted Admiral Reuben Lista, PCG (Ret), the prestigious Polaris Star Maritime Award at ceremonies held at the Palacio De Maynila last December 7 during the association’s Christmas Party.
Admiral Lista is currently President and CEO of the National Oil Company (PNOC).
He was the 18th Commandant of the Coast Guard (PCG), a licensed merchant marine officer who graduated with a BS Marine Transportation from the Phil Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), at the top of Class 1969.
Lista holds a Masters-Intl Resource Planning and Management (MIRPM) from the US Naval Postgraduate School (USNPS), Masters-National Security Administration (MNSA), and a
Masters-Business Administration (MBA) from Ateneo de Manila University.
He is a be-medalled soldier, serving as technical officer in the Navy (PN), Armed Forces (AFP) and Coast Guard (PCG) retiring in 2001 from the highest post.
The admiral is past President of PMMAAI, current Director of the Integrated Seafarers (ISP).
As first Commander of the Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM), he developed its laboratory and capabilities on the changing maritime environment.
As PCG Commandant, he introduced Navigational Safety Rules and Traffic Separation Schemes and the “Sea Scouts”, set standards on construction of structures over navigable waters.
Lista is behind the “Adopt a Lighthouse Program,” to maintain historical lighthouses.
Sports and skills.
He was president of Bowling Congress (PBC) and allied groups, managed champions in ASIAN Games and other global meets. Lista is honed in practical shooting, tennis and golf, a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Masonry.
Family is his crown jewel, as loving husband to the former Jennette De Jesus, father of four: Reujenson, Reuben Jr., Richard Jay and Ruby Jean — all accomplished in their own fields.
As any grandfather, Admiral Lista is at the beck and call of seven grandchildren!