Capt. Leopoldo Monte Gromio

Position: Master
Philippine Address: 820 P. Ocampo Sr. St., Malate, Manila
Employer: Baliwag Navigation, Inc.

CAPT. LEOPOLDO MONTE GROMIO, the Master of MV Hanjin Mimitsu, led the successful rescue of nine (9) passengers of a wooden pleasure boat that sank while sailing the rough seas in Paranagua, Brazil on January 18, 2014

The wooden pleasure boat was tossed heavily in the water due to the rough waters and substantial swells of the sea condition, apparently breaking the boat into two. MV Hanjin Mimitsu which at that time was in the proximity sighted passengers of the boat in the water without flotation devices.

As quick response to the situation, CAPT. GROMIO reported the incident to the nearest rescue station and directed his crew to throw the life rings to the passengers and lower the lifeboat at once. He also controlled and maneuvered the lifeboats himself.

CAPT. GROMIO is deserving of the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee for saving the lives of five women and four men, whose lives would have been lost, without his command.