C/E Galicano Bacay: SERVICE IS THE BUSINESS

GTBH Enterprises undertakes the complete process on waste management, from collection to transport, treatment and disposal of waste plus monitoring and regulation.

C/E Bacay established the firm in 2016, accredited by the Dept of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as a Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facility on a 1,108 sqr-mtr lot at Del Mundo street, Ugong, Valenzuela City, complete with a Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) through DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and compliant with all other legal requirements.

He holds steady despite the ups-and-downs, given that his business is important to the environment while giving work to people in the spirit of partnership.

The project was conceptualized with C/E Gilbert Milana, also with expertise and experience on issues and concerns of nature. The partners are seasoned merchant mariners, exposed to the import and degradation of the environment, astute on demands of international Conventions, of laws and priorities of Flag State Administrations around the world.

 

Expertise.

C/E Bacay is well experience on chemical/log carriers, world-wide crude product carriers in 17 years at sea mostly in Europe, Mediterranean and Africa.

He is specialized in trouble-shooting, ship operation and maintenance, marine electrical and air-conditioning systems maintenance. Well experienced on medium speed 4-stroke main engines and low speed 2-stroke main engines on LPG chemical tankers. Designer for LPG equipment, Oil and Water Separator (OWS) and Wastewater Treatment Facility.

In Dubai, his blending of fuel impressed the Greek ship owners.

 

Critical.

Waste generation continues to increase with population expansion, industrialization and rapid urbanization. Proper management of waste has become a critical issue. Segregation is the most pivotal stage but often mismanaged, causing environmental pollution and health risks.

With urbanization and changes in lifestyle, water consumption will increase as supply will decrease. GTBH proposes to use the treated wastewater on fire-fighting, watering public plants, even irrigation.

 

Challenges.

As an endearment, Bacay calls his father a “pilot” for climbing coconut trees to extract sap for fermenting wine. Also, to find food for a brood of eight siblings. He inherited this boldness.

Orphaned of a mother, he stowed away at 12; joined a fishing boat at 13 to serve food to the crew and odd services as he pushed through public high school.

He picked on a typical Batangueno kalakalan (business) like itinerant peddling of banig (sleeping mat) and kulambo (mosquito net) on cash or installment basis. He was challenged when no one expected him to go beyond high school. So he worked days as messenger at a bank as he studied at night at Phil Maritime Institute (PMI-Quezon City).

 

Organized.

He earned BS in Marine Engineering in 1978. After three months, he boarded as an Engine Cadet. In two years, he was promoted as Oiler. Whenever offshore, he takes exams and gets promoted. Even on those times where jobs were scarce, Bacay always find employment.

He became a Mechanical Foreman in Saudi Arabia, licensed as 3rd Engineer, then 2nd Engineer (from 1988-1999) with high salary… quota na, meaning life is essentially fulfilled.

But having two sons, he thought of aspiring as Chief Engineer. He placed Third on the computer exams and passed the licensure in one take. Job offers came from Magsaysay, Simbawang, and Bright Maritime. The latter he chose for his first command as Chief Engineer of mostly LPG, Tankers and Crude Carriers manned by Greeks.

Most of his postings were in Africa, particularly Nigeria, a main oil producer in Central Africa. Both Bright Maritime and World Carrier have major charters owing to their big ships, often protected by the Navy because the area is high security risk.

 

Survival.

He first experienced war in 1988 in the conflict between Iran and Iraq. Aboard the 162,228 GT Iranian Tanker T.T. Avaj, they were hit dead-on by a missile killing 21 Filipinos, three survived with one Briton.

He was then newly married and prayed hard to survive. He stripped his life jacket, jumped eyes closed in a choice between the raging fire and the deep ocean. Others who did, hit the rope and were wounded.

Water around was a raging inferno, fed by over two million barrels of oil spilled. Bacay swum and floated for over two hours, struggling on his muscle memory as a Champion in PMI in free style, back stroke and butterfly.

It also helped that Avaj was hit on the starboard side while Bacay was at the port side, covered from the wind and the gnarling flame.

He was rescued and brought to a magnificent underground hospital for two weeks treatment. One with him broke down mentally from the shock. Bacay was later flown to Medical City for post traumatic psychiatry. He filed for benefits and insurance but failed to receive any.

 

Obsession.

Aside from being a property owner, an educator and businessman, Bacay is a member of the MARINA Panel of Examiners for Certificate of Marine Profession (CMP) which conducts written and oral examinations in Regional Offices for domestic shipping with 35 to 500 GT.

He will try hard to improve supply chain working conditions, a commitment to safety, fairness, dignity and respect — to improve the well-being of overseas workers and protect human rights.

 

Chief Engineer Galicano Tatlonghari Bacay is now well-established but on a mission for earth and people, that every person has to make choices on protecting the environment.

He envisions every one to pitch in, to be soldiers for Mother Nature.

 

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