MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) targets to strengthen the country’s border security. Thus, the agency will be needing at least 2,000 men to add to its manpower.
“This year we should be having 4,000. Next year 5,000 until we complete the 30,000 from the next five years,” said PCG Spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo. “We are 10,000 guarding 7,100 islands; 34,000 kilometer of coastline, 11 coastal municipalities. We are guarding those.”
According to Balilo, the recruitment of new personnel is to ensure that no terror attack will happen in the country.
One of the recruits is PCG Ensign Lt2. Debie Jasmin Mojada.
“So far, [it’s] fulfilling because way back in high school it has been my dream to be a soldier and at the same time in public affairs like this,” Mojada said.
To qualify, an applicant should have completed 72 units in college of any course.
Those who will be accepted will receive a monthly salary of P40,000 to P42,000.
“It’s no joke, but it’s good to serve your country. This is a privilege and if for instance you are to choose a service, consider the Coast Guard among your choices. You will not regret it,” Balilo said. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has received a patrol boat and an x-ray inspection machine from the Embassy of Japan.
A ceremony for the turnover of the 15-meter patrol boat and x-ray inspection machine was held at the PCG Headquarters on Monday at the Port Area in Manila.
PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Joel Garcia said the equipment will help further enhance the country’s maritime safety, security and law enforcement, as well as marine environmental protection and maritime search and rescue.
Garcia added the 15-meter patrol boat, which runs at 29 knots with up to 14-passenger capacity, is suitable for quick response operations and retrieval operations. It isalso capable to accosting alleged terrorists, intruders, and poachers within the Philippine territory.
The x-ray inspection machine, on the other hand, is a compact and battery-operated equipment suitable for inspection in high or narrow places. It is controlled using a remote with a distance of up to 20 meters and provides real-time inspection images.
According to Garcia, the donation is part of the Japanese government’s promise to President Rodrigo Duterte that they would help strengthen the country’s efforts against terrorism and piracy in its domain.
“Our strong cooperation with Japan aids our efforts in preventing terror attacks, specifically kidnap for ransom within Philippine waters which, not only enhances maritime security, but also increases the number of economic undertakings in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Masahiro Nakata of the embassy’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said that Japan is looking forward to boost its strategic relations with the Philippines on evolving challenges in the future, specifically in protecting its territorial waters and marine resources.
“Our commitment to the Philippines is far from over. Rest assured that we will further support the operations of the PCG by providing high-quality assets and by instilling the latest maritime know-hows to its technical personnel,” Nakata said.
CEBU – The Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas (PCG-7) rescued more than 60 passengers and crew of a ferry boat that capsized off the coast of Sibonga, Cebu on Thursday.
The PCG said MV Siargao Princess was plying a route five miles south of Sibonga when it radioed for help around 11 a.m.
The agency said it immediately sent BRP Suluan to conduct a search and rescue operations in the area and found groups of people floating with life jackets at 1.6 nautical miles of Carcar point, Cebu.
The PCG said a total of 59 people were plucked from the water, while three crew members and one passenger swam to the shore after the boat encountered big waves that allegedly caused the ship “to dip to the front and eventually capsize.”
Initial investigation conducted on the vessel’s master, Captain Antonio Conag, revealed that the boat’s front hatch cover got detached when it was buffeted by fierce winds and sea swells.
Conag said big waves caused the vessel to pitch and take in water until it sunk.
The PCG said rescued passengers were brought to the Cebu port.
The Philippine Coast Guard remains in full alert status as passengers flock to the seaports on their way home from a long weekend holiday.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Malasakit Help Desk has recorded around 24,000 passengers in the country’s seaports from 12 midnight to 6 in the morning on Monday (November 4).
These are passengers coming from Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, and Southern Mindanao regions.
Government agencies concerned have not recorded any untoward incidents in any sea travels, while security measures remain tight in the seaports to ensure the safety of the passengers. (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
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