Tour Of Duty

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BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
PANGULO NG PILIPINAS
SA PAGPAPALIT-ATAS NG TANOD BAYBAYIN NG PILIPINAS

[Inihayag sa Philippine Coast Guard Compound, Manila sa ika-19 ng Abril 2011]

Ngayong araw, nagbababa tayo ng angkla upang magbigay-pugay at magpaalam sa isang tapat at mahusay na pinuno ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas o ang Philippine Coast Guard. Kasabay nito, sinasalubong din natin ang paglalayag ng PCG sa ilalim ng isang bagong kapitan. Ang change-of-command na ito ay sagisag ng ating paglingon sa mga tagumpay ng PCG sa pagtitimon ni Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, at sa pagpapanatili sa kultura ng mahusay at tapat na serbisyo ng Coast Guard sa bagong pamunuan ni Admiral Ramon Liwag.

Wala naman po sigurong magdududa na mataas ang reputasyon at tinitingala ngayon ang imahen ng PCG. Naniniwala akong nagbukal ang ganitong kompiyansa ng publiko sa inyo dahil sa sipag at katapatan ng inyong Commander na si Admiral Willy Tamayo. Kay Admiral Tamayo: Kasama ko ang buong hanay ng PCG, at ang sambayanan na sumasaludo sa iyong dedikasyon na isulong ang interes ng bayan. Sa tatlong taon mong pamumuno, hindi mo lamang pinaunlad ang mga imprastraktura ng PCG; itinaas mo rin ang moral at kompiyansa ng mga tanod baybayin sa pamamagitan ng matatag na logistics support at pagkakaloob ng mga kinakailangan nilang kagamitan. Humayo ka man at lisanin ang PCG, tiwala akong mananatili ang mga prinsipyo, dangal at paninindigan na iyong pinasimulan.

Mawawalan man ang Philippine Coast Guard ng isang katangi-tanging pinuno, nagbubukas naman ito ng panibagong yugto sa mayamang kasaysayan ng ating Tanod Baybayin. Tiwala akong sa karanasan at husay sa serbisyo ni Vice-Admiral Ramon Liwag, pamumunuan niya ang PCG nang may katulad na dedikasyon at sakripisyo ni Admiral Tamayo, at maihahatid din niya sa mas maunlad na daungan ang buong Philippine Coast Guard. Ang hamon ko sa iyo, Admiral Liwag: huwag kang magpapahila sa tukso ng panlalamang. Naitalaga ka upang maglingkod ng marangal sa iyong mga Boss; huwag mo silang bibiguin.

The Philippine coast guard special services office has been very active this year as coast guard athletes continue to reap honors in the country and abroad. Their achievements bring honor not only to the organization but for the country as well.

The PCG judo club participated in the 1st uniformed service judo championship held January 2009 at Philippine army wellness center, Fort Andres Bonifacio, taguig city, wherein ENS JANSEN Y BENJAMIN PCG  and SN2 Daniel Pedro PCG won the gold medal in minus 81kg & minus 90kg divisions, respectively. LT GARY DALE GIMOTEA PCG bagged bronze medal in minus 73kg division. Members of the AFP and PNP participated in the tournament.

SW2 Karen Ann Solomon PCG, SW2 Ruth Dugaduga PCG and SW2 Helen Dawa PCG defended their title when they bagged the medals in three categories during the national judo tournament held at SM City Marikina last May 2009. These achievements earn them a slot in the 25th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) to be held in Laos in December 2009.

Also, during the 1st Asian Matial Arts Games held in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2009 where SW2 Karen Ann Solomon PCG and Helen E Dawa PCG bagged  two bronze medals. More than 41 countries participated in said tournament.

In May 2009, coast guard athletes who are members of he Philippine dragon boat national team garnered eight gold medals and three silver medals in the Macau International dragon Boat races, and in the 6th nanning international dragon boat invitational tournament in china. Likewise, team successfully defended their title as world dragon boat champion and record holder in the 200-meter category in competitions held in Prague, Czech Republic between 26 and 30 August 2009.

On top of this, the Philippine coast guard is active in promoting marine environmental protection by regularly participating in fun runs advocating environmental awareness, such as the “DZMM Takbo sa Kalikasan” and Earth day marathon.

Maritime safety administration (MARSAD). Personnel of CGS Masbate are now stringent in inspecting passengers, baggage, cargoes and vessel sections during boarding and embarkation as part of the mandatory pre departure inspection (MPDI).

 

Maritime search and rescue (MARSAR). CG personnel from SOG, FS bicol, CGS Masbate, CG detachment bapor, and LTSG Ronilo B Alvarez PCGA provided assistance to passengers of MB maeann Ashley which encountered engine trouble in waters off SitioKag-pandan, Moreal, Masbate. The team rescued a total of fourteen (14) passengers.

 

 I’m privileged to write for the PCGOWA and PCGSFI to keep you abreast on what’s happening in the ladies’ circle. Though it may seem that our ladies are not seen as often at the Coast Guard headquarters as we used to, I’m glad we are still up and about and focused to fulfill our duties to serve, work behind the scene, and assist in some humanitarian activities of the Coast Guard.

Duly recognized by the PCG, the PCGOWA and the PCGSFI are both duly registered organizations under the Securities and Exchange Commission. These organizations are aimed at promoting the welfare of their beneficiaries. The PCGOWA embarks on the social responsibilities of its members being the ever supportive wives of PCG officers. The PCG ladies are always ready to render assistance as may be requested in any PCG ceremonial or humanitarian projects or activities. On the other hand, the PCGSFI manages a long-standing scholarship program that provides educational assistance to intellectually-gifted but economically challenged dependents of PCG enlisted personnel. The PCGOWA and PCGSFI generate funds through selected fund-raising projects in order to pursue their goals. Despite very modest resources, both organizations are able to cope up in providing and sustaining the duly established fund support for would-be scholars and likewise, be of valuable assistance to some PCG command activities as requested. And through this, we are able to develop and enhance fellowship among our ladies. In recent years, the PCGOWA and PCGSFI undertook several projects under the able leadership of previous lady advisers. We wish to continue to move forward in upholding the ideals and aspirations of the said organizations.

An improvised explosive device was found on 26 July 2009 inside a sack aboard MV Blue Water Princess II, a RoRo vessel bound to Masbate city. Acting upon an Intel report, personnel of coast guard station Lucena together with a CGK9 team boarded the target ship. The CGK9 team searched the ship and with CGK9 robins help successfully detected and recovered several gin bottles of ammonium nitrate or “bigas - bigas” with blasting caps.

After being diffused by members of the EOD battalion of the Philippine army assigned at the AFP southern Luzon command said items were brought to the coast guard station for investigation and proper disposition.

Although no one was arrested the unlawful elements did realized that the coast guards is doing its job and that our CGWD are “for real” for as long as there is threat in our peace and order,CGK9 will never cease to serve and protect.

Coast Guard District Northern Luzon rolled up its sleeves to rise up the challenge of teaching civilians about safe water rescue, the work it knows best. The 4-day training title water search and rescue (WaSAR) was sponsored by the LGU of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur and was participated in by twenty (20) rescue students from 29 July 01 august 2009.

There were four (4) basic modules which are basic swimming strokes. Life saving techniques, rubber boat operators and basic life support. Presentation materials and verbal instructions were mainly in Filipino or Ilocano which was truly appreciated by the students because it facilitated easy understanding on their part. The effort of the CDGNLZ training staff truly paid of as proven  the post training assessment by the LGUs and students that the training was conducted in a manner that is “non militarized ”and quite cheerful which contrary to their initial expectation, made learning all the more enjoyable and effective.

This is the third WaSAR training held within region1 over the years which has fortified the presence of coast guard trained water securers in Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte and now in Ilocos sur. The ideals for CDGNLZ to have “stand-by partners” at the level of the community during disaster emergency that can provide a swift response during the “golden hour” when casualties may still be rescued alive. Since it imparts capabilities to save lives it impowers local rescuers and coordination of response be easily established even prior to the arrival of responding SOG personnel in the area.

Last August 2008, I led the delegation of Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary which attended the US Coast Guard Auxialiary’s annual National Convention in my new capacity as PCGA National Director. It was there, during the International Round Table discussion, that the US Coast Guard Auxiliary presented the task of forming an alliance of Search and Rescue Organizations in the Asia Pacific Region. COMMO Ray Campbell, National Commodore of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and I, accepted the challenge and committed that we would try to form the alliance before the next USCGA National Convention in August 2009.

Three months after, on November 2008, being invited to attend the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association’s annual convention, I led four other flag officers to Brisbane, Australia. There we signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the AVCGA, similar to what we have with the USCGA. After the convention, we had a meeting where we agreed to organize an Asia Pacific conference tentatively to be held in February or March of 2009 in Manila, Philippines.

With much effort, the Asia Pacific Conference of Maritime Safety and Environmental Concerns materialized in March 2009 in Traders Hotel, Manila. It was well attended by the representatives of seven countries and three organizations. The United States, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), and the US Navy, Thanks to the hard work and dedication of PCGA’s Internationals Director, COMMO Harold Wolf, backed up by RADM Buddy Mendoza and CAPT Ramon Moreno and many others.

THE 25TH PCGA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN BACOLOD CITY

Last 21-23 May 2009, the 25th PCGA Annual National Convention was held at Bacolod Pavilion Resort Hotel, Bacolod City. The said National Convention was attended by about 400 PCGA volunteers, 10 Coast Guard District Commanders, CG Major Unit Commanders and some HPCG Central and Special Staff. The Honorable DOTC Secretary Larry R Mendoza was the Guest of Honor during the Opening Ceremony while Senator Francis Escudero and Congressman Monico Puntabella were the invited resource speakers of the convention. The theme of the convention was “A New ERA of Commitment and Unity”

The following are some important outputs of the just concluded PCGA Annual National Convention a) Resolutions for the establishment of Maritime Search and Rescue Unit, Marine Environmental Protection Unit, Maritime Safety Unit, and Community Relations Unit in every PCGA District; b) Resolution for the Approval of the Amendments of 2008 PCGA Manual c) Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the PCGA and the PLS or Philippine Life Saving, Inc. and; d) the launching of the CGADWV PCGA Training Manual, Indoctrination Manual, and Sea Scout Manual.

As it is told, the speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack! With a flamboyant and resolute Commandant, ADMIRAL Wilfredo D Tamayo, the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) could not afford to slow down. Its fleet of rubber boats is always warmed up and the legs of its frogmen are always in shape. Its distinguished lead officers are always on alert to receive direct instructions from the Fleet Commander or the Commandant himself.

Taking the cue from the innovative character of the Commandant, who seems to grasp fully well the two great laws of life: “Growth and Decay”, the CGSOG slowly restructure and comes up with dynamic innovations to showcase its relevance to the general public. On several occasions, the Commandant pointed out that the PCG has evolved into a multi-tasked, multi faceted and multi-roled organization. The changes or “growth” as we may consider of course are not mere capricious whims but rather natural forces adhered to, otherwise “decay” would engulf our organization. These pronouncements have inspired the Group to come up with its innovative programs and be critical with it coined and adopted motto “Semper Superne Nitens” which simply means “always striving upwards.