History, NCEBde (SEABEES, PN)
When the Philippine Navy was not yet known as the Philippine Offshore Patrol, our present Naval Public Works Office was but a mere section of the Naval Logistics Division, N-4. Its main function then was to advise the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, N-4 on civil engineering matters and to undertake the rehabilitation and repair of shore facilities.
Concomitant with the national endeavor of asserting its sovereign status, the Philippine Navy for its part in the security program of the government, engaged itself in a feverish activity of expansion and improvement of its operational capability.
From the ashes and debris that were at the time predominating navy premises, naval planners took cognizance of the tremendous rebuilding and strengthening responsibility that were demanding immediate attention. Under these pressing circumstances, Headquarters Philippine Navy exploited the possibility of expanding the scope of functions and organization of the Naval Public Works Office and reconstituted it as a section of the Technical and Special Staff effective 24 Jan 1956. Thus on this date under Headquarters Philippine Navy General Order Nr 34, this unit has gained its identity to own distinctive responsibility of formulating policies; preparing plans and designs, and supervising all functions pertaining to engineering activities in the Naval Service.
The Navy pursue its program of expansion which was accelerated with the acquisition of various floating units and other logistics and under the US-RP Military Aid Program (MAPI). The necessity for additional and more sophisticated shore facilities to support the operating needs of the unit afloat came into focus. Supply depots with modern warehouses, Piers, Wharves, Fire Control and Prevention System, Massive Shore protection system, Training and Communication facilities, Power, Roads and utilities were constructed. Outlaying stations such as San Vicente Naval Station, Northern Luzon Naval Support Activity (NLNSA), Batu-Batu Naval Station were developed to provide essential support to the units operating under these stations. The technological complexities and peculiarity of the engineering management required in the maintenance of the facilities already accomplished and to program the development expansion for future requirement, has presently gained prestige with more competent technical engineers to foresee the future demand in the naval support facilities which culminated the elevation of navy engineer units.
The navy engineer units sired and developed into a working and dependable engineer outfit of the Philippine Navy which the following are in their order of activities:
- Public Works Division (former Philippine Navy Operating Base – PNOB)
- Station Engineer (former Philippine Navy Station – PNS)
- Naval Construction Brigade (Originally Waterfront and Dredge Company – WDC)
- PEU, MNS (now PEU, BNS)
- PEU, (Naval Shore Establishment)
- PEU, NSBB
In 1966 when President Ferdinand E Marcos in his state of the nation address expressed the desire to utilize the manpower, materials and equipment of the Armed Forces to assist the government effort to accelerate the implementation of its socio-economic and infrastructure development programs, have been the stimulant that prompted the authorities into action that hastened the birth of the Waterfront and Dredge Company (WDC) on 01 August 1966, when this unit was formally activated. To this effect, half of the existing fleet of dredges and tugboats of Public Works were transferred to the dredge personnel have assimilated when a series of deployment orders rolled down the line for immediate execution.
Cultural Center of the PhilippinesAmong the projects that constituted the initial task of WDC were the dredging and development of Port General Mateo Capinpin in Orion; reclamation of 28 hectares of Manila Bay along Roxas Blvd., previously intended as site of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; dredging around Machine Wharf, NCB, Cavite City; dredging of the North and South Harbor, Manila and the NASSCO water area in Engineering Island.
On 15 July 1967, with the waterfront and Dredge Company as its nucleus, the Naval Construction Battalion was provisionally constituted; and pursuant to General Order No. 90 GHQ dated 4 September 1968, the NCB was permanently constituted. With the existence of the Construction Battalion in the Philippine Navy the Naval Construction Force was born out of necessity to have unity of command, which became one of the special units of the Phil Navy.
Consistent with its inherent responsibility of formulating policies covering engineering construction in the Phil Navy, the FOIC, PN looked into the necesity and feasibility of decentralizing activities in programming, implementation and administration and supervision of construction projects within the capabilities of the Naval Construction Brigade, (HPN General Order Nr 41 dtd 01 May 1980) which is better if not limited capability in so far as engineering construction is concerned to undertake the job.
The authority so far for the activation of the Post Engineer Units and Engineer Detachment is HPN GO Nr 4 dtd 14 July 1979. PEUs however, have identical mission that is to provide all services necessary to operate and maintain the physical plant utilities in their respective stations. It includes buildings and ground maintenance, repair of roads, insect and locust control, operations and maintenance of air conditioning units, sanitation, power and other utilities like fire prevention services, equipment maintenance, supply services and other related engineering administration of the Philippine Navy.