An Ilonggo soldier was hailed as one of the 10 awardees in this year’s search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) conducted by Metrobank Foundation and Rotary Club of Makati.
Petty Officer-in-Charge Fernando Junio Parcon of the Philippine Navy joined the elite roster of Outstanding Filipinos in receiving the award during Metrobank’s 54th anniversary celebration last Sept. 5, 2016 at Metrobank Plaza, Makati City. He received a trophy and medal and a cash prize of P500,000 courtesy of Metrobank Foundation.
Parcon, who has been in the service for 24 years, is currently assigned at the Counter Intelligence Group, Naval Intelligence Security Force, Philippine Navy, Taguig City. The citation for Parcon said “He may have lost sight in one eye, but multi-awarded athlete Intelligence Specialist Chief (ISC) Fernando Parcon continues to make waves in service of the military and the community.”
Parcon was a gold medallist in the 1991 ASEAN Cup Boxing Championship. In 2004, despite having partial loss of eyesight he won a gold medal in the 8th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Championship. He extended his love for sports to his advocacy for the youth. In 2009, he conducted a free clinic on arnis and boxing at the Southern Police District (SPD) compound in Taguig City. Around 100 youth participants learned various self-defense techniques. Parcon believes that engaging the youth in sports will keep them away from vices and will help them have a sense of direction in life.
Meanwhile, as an intelligence officer, the information gathered by Parcon helped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) foil several threats. He pre-empted the further recruitment of soldiers by disgruntled elements of the military through solid intelligence. He was also instrumental in the successful rescue of 71 human trafficking victims in Malate, Manila in 2012. Parcon’s vigilance also prevented incidents of ghost deliveries and overpricing in the military. One of his biggest accomplishments was preventing an anomalous delivery of substandard spare parts that would have cost the Navy P100 million in 2007.
As treasurer of the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard Enlisted Personnel Association Incorporated (PNCGEPAI) from 2010 to 2013, Parcon implemented several cost-cutting measures and started fundraising projects. By the end of his term, the association’s revolving fund increased by 62.5% to P39 million, benefitting members in terms of benefits and financial assistance.
Parcon is also a recipient of numerous awards, including eight Military Merit Medals. He was also adjudged as 2012 Regular Agent of the Year for Administration by the Naval Intelligence and Security Force.