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    Salvage Plan sa Sumadsad na USS Guardian, Hindi pa Naisasapinal – PCG

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

    Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command Handout Photo: USS Guardian grounded at Tubbataha Reef.

    Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command Handout Photo: USS Guardian grounded at Tubbataha Reef.

    MANILA, Philippines — Wala pa ring pinal na salvage plan ang US Navy sa sumadsad nilang barko sa Tubbataha Reef sa Sulu sea.

    Ayon kay Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, ang District Commander ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) sa Palawan, kailangan munang maaprubahan ang anumang master plan ng US Navy bago isagawa ang operasyon.

    Ayon kay Evangelista, nais na nilang maisagawa ang salvage plan ngunit tila hindi rin nakikiisa ang panahon.

    Sa ngayon ay hinihintay pa ng salvage crew ang gagamitin nilang dalawang crane ship mula sa Singapore na posibleng dumating sa bansa ngayong  Biyernes o Sabado.

    Patuloy naman ang monitoring kung may oil spill sa lugar at araw-araw na ring kumukuha ng water sample upang matiyak na walang kontaminasyon sa tubig. (UNTV News)

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    PH Coast Guard leads training exercise vs weapons of mass destruction

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    About 100 personnel of various government agencies took part in the Bukluran Bantay Bayabayin 01-17, inter agency field training exercise which began earlier Monday morning.

    The said drills aim to measure the capabilities of the concerned government agencies in addressing various problems involving weapons of mass destruction.

    First to be tested was the capability of the participants to detect chemical weapons inside a shipping vessel.

    “The weapons of mass destruction has so many forms. It’s not just nuclear weaponry. There are also chemical biological, and radiological forms,” Philippine Coast Guard OIC Commodore Joel Garcia said.

    The said field exercise also aims to train personnel of concerned government agencies in coordinating with one another and in implementing mechanisms for the preparation of any possible maritime threat. It also aims to improve Philippine Authorities Security Operations.

    “Actionable intelligence is really important  and these are the tools that would validate the suspicion on the presence of precursor chemical elements of weapons of mass destruction,” said Garcia.

    One of the activities will be the sea drill in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, wherein authorities will intercept a target vessel entering the Philippines’ Maritime Border.

    The inter-agency field training exercise will run until Friday, September 15.

    In line with this, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States Government donated weapons of mass destruction detection equipment to Philippine authorities.

    American authorities also vowed to help in upgrading the Philippines’ communication and surveillance equipment, as well as its facilities and shipping vessels like those in the National Coast Watch Center.  – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue 

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    Philippine Coast Guard needs additional 2,000 personnel to strengthen border security

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

    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

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    PH hosts 1st South East Asia co-op and training exercise vs. illegal drugs and terrorism

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The South East Asia Cooperation and Training or SEACAT Exercise 2017 began on Monday in the Philippines.

    This is a yearly multilateral maritime security information sharing exercise in Asia.

    For the first time, this year’s SEACAT exercise focuses on anti-terrorism efforts and on preventing the spread of illegal drugs through the maritime sector.

    “We have a porous border. The campaign of the president against illegal drugs should be intensified, as well as his campaign against terrorism. In terms of the illegal drugs menace, the US Coastguard, in particular, is expert on that matter,” said Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo.

    “Addressing terrorism is also important because we are now guarding the Southern Philippines. This is so that those attempting to wreak havoc in the country will not be able to enter,” he added.

    45 members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Navy represented the country in the maritime drill.

    This was also the first time the Philippine Navy and PCG participated in the SEACAT since its inception in 2002.

    The SEACAT is led by the US Coast Guard with representatives from other Southeast Asian Coast Guards and navies like the Indonesian Coast Guard or BAKAMLA, Indonesia Navy, Sri Lanka Navy, Royal Thai Navy and the Thai Maritime Law Enforcement Coordinating Center.

    The SEACAT has three phases. First is the academic seminar which is held in Singapore. Second is the boarding workshop held here in the Philippines and the command post exercise which will be held in Singapore and Brunei.

    The US and South East Asian navies and coast guards will deploy their vessels and aircraft here in the Philippines, with the special operations group to do the deployment in Subic, Zambales and the Philippine Navy in several parts of Sulu.

    Meanwhile, the PCG clarified that the Philippines’ relationship with China will not be tarnished by the two countries’ territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea.

    “We have a clear cut guidance from the president. We have agreements, in fact we have law enforcement teams to be sent to China. So whatever the conflict in terms of territory would be, we are leaving it up to the Department of Foreign Affairs,” Balilo said. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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