PCG recognizes bravery of coast guard who saved over 50 lives

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019   •   778

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recognized Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Ralph Barajan for his bravery in saving over 50 lives after the MV Siargao Princess sank off Sibonga, Cebu on November 7.

PO3 Barajan received a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from the Office of Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Diño and the whole Central Visayan region.

“Diño said that Barajan’s bravery serves as an inspiration to the young generation to be selfless and be of service to others,” according to the Facebook post of the PCG.

Meanwhile, Commodore Ronnie Gavan also received an award for the PCG for its consistent, timely, and effective response to maritime emergencies resulting in zero casualties in the region.—AAC

AFP, PNP, PCG ink deal to boost operations vs terrorism, insurgency

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday signed a tripartite accord that seeks to further enhance interoperability during internal and external security operations.

In a statement, the PNP said the tripartite mechanism was officially adopted by the three agencies through Resolution Nr. 11-2021 which included the PCG in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC).

The move is in line with the government’s ‘whole-of-nation’ approach towards peace and security; engaging the PNP, AFP, and PCG to work together in keeping the country safe and secure.

AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana, PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar, and PCG commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. will serve as co-chairs of the National JPSCC.

As a new JPSCC member agency, the PCG will play a vital role in forming various concepts of operations that will address the country’s complex and evolving maritime threats.

“We look forward to future collaborative efforts among agency members in terms of maritime safety and security, maritime law enforcement, and the protection of the country’s marine environment,” Sobejana said in the same statement.

“The present challenges offer a great opportunity for us to enhance our coordination and interoperability. This has been a journey built from the ground by men in uniform service who selflessly serve for years and further stimulated and sustained at the policy side. For the PCG Team, we are so fortunate today that we are here to solidify the PCG as the third arm service in our lifetime,” Ursabia said.

Aside from the joint accord, the three agency heads also signed the JPSCC Letter Directive Nr. 03-2021, which called for the reorganization of the JPSCC.

In the revised structure, the National JPSCC will now be headed by the PNP Chief, AFP Chief, and PCG Commandant while PNP Directors for Integrated Police Operation, AFP Unified Commanders, and PCG Area Commanders will exercise supervision over the Regional and Provincial JPSCCs.

The accord also stipulates that cooperation and coordination among the AFP, PNP, and PCG complemented by collaboration and consultation with all stakeholders shall be the guiding principle in addressing peace and security concerns.

“Despite differences in our respective uniforms and in the scopes of our respective work and mandates, we are all bound together by our common oath to serve and protect the Filipino people and our country as well as safeguard the national interest,” Eleazar said.

“But most importantly, we all have the same faith and hope for humanity. That is, perhaps the most fundamental reason why we need to foster and strengthen our cooperation and collaboration – to promote the common good” he added.

The joint accord was signed in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

PCG warns mariners not to venture into rough seas amid bad weather

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) warned mariners to refrain from venturing into sea as weather and sea conditions remain unsafe for travel.

The warning came after reported incidents of boat capsizes brought about by the combined impact of tropical cyclones and the southwest monsoon.

On Tuesday (July 20), PCG Sub-Station Semirara rescued eight crew members of MB Roxanne that submerged at the vicinity waters off Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique.

According to the rescued individuals, they encountered strong winds and heavy rainfall while travelling at sea from Caminawit Pier, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro going to Semirara Pinagpala Port, Caluya, Antique.

They were also battered by big waves that damaged their freeboard, causing the vessel to submerge.

The survivors were properly turned over to the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management of Semirara for further aid and medical assistance.

On July 19, PCG Sub-Station Calatagan rescued two fishermen of a capsized motorbanca at the vicinity waters off Cape Santiago Light Station in Calatagan, Batangas.

“Despite the strong waves and wind conditions prevailing in the area, the SAR team was able to find and rescue the two fishermen,” PCG Station Batangas Commander Captain Geronimo Tuvilla said.

The rescued individuals were brought to safety, assessed, and properly turned over to their families, while their capsized motorbanca was towed back to shore.

“We also reminded them to prioritize their personal safety by not venturing into sea during bad weather and/or sea conditions,” Captain Geronimo Tuvilla advised.

According to state weather agency PAGASA, the combined effects of Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon will cause rough to very rough seas over the northern, western, and eastern seaboards of Luzon (including the areas under TCWS #1) in the next 24 hours.

Thus, sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters and mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor.

PCG in S. Mindanao orders intensified patrols vs. illegal entry of travelers from Indonesia

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Southern Mindanao recently ordered its station, sub-stations, floating assets, and operational control (OPCON) units to carry out intensified monitoring and regular border patrols in the region to prevent illegal entry of people from Indonesia.

The directive comes after reports of surge in Delta variant cases wreaking havoc in the said Asian country.

Indonesia was recently included by the national government in the list of countries with travel restrictions.

It shares borders with the Philippines in Southern Mindanao and its proximity poses a huge risk of virus importation.

In view of this, PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. directed all Coast Guard districts and units nationwide to step up monitoring of all vessels with crew or passengers who may be carriers of the COVID-19 Delta variant, most especially borders near Indonesia and Malaysia in the Southern part of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Captain Rejard Marfe, the acting commander of PCG District Southern Mindanao, also ordered all PCG units in the region to ensure that measures are in place, in coordination with local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

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