PCG foregoes lavish observance of 108th founding anniversary

October 9, 2009 9:57 am 

MANILA, Oct. 9 –Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant, opted to forego with the traditional ceremonies and capability demonstration exercises in the observance of the Coast Guard's 108th founding anniversary next week.

Instead, Tamayo directed his men to be more active in monitoring maritime traffic and help stranded vessels and passengers as well as in relief and clean up operations.

Tamayo declared austere yet meaningful observance for the founding anniversary on Oct. 16 at the PCG headquarters in Manila.

In his message to all PCG units nationwide, Tamayo directed all personnel, particularly those within the calamity areas along the paths hit by Tropical Storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” and other developing weather disturbances, to be more active in monitoring maritime traffic and stranded vessels and passengers, and to conduct rescue, disaster relief, and clean up operations in flooded areas in partnership with other government agencies, local government units, and private sector.

This means that the PCG will have to forego with the traditional ceremonies and capability demonstration exercises which were already done during the recent National Maritime Week celebration to be able to re-channel anniversary funds towards the conduct of said activities.

The PCG remains hopeful of the passage of PCG Law of 2009, which is scheduled for deliberation at the Bilateral Conference Committee Level.

The PCG Law will give more teeth to the PCG being a multi-mission maritime agency that continues to serve the nation by ensuring safe, clean, and secure maritime environment.

Tamayo also said that the week-long activities from Oct. 5 to 16, themed “Greater Safety, Environmental Protection and Security Starts with Greater Awareness and Preparedness,” started with rescue operations and relief goods’ distribution in Taguig, Marikina, Cainta, Quezon City, Makati, Laguna, Bulacan and other affected areas.

The PCG rescue operations and relief goods distribution were made possbile in partnership with other agencies under the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Coast Guard Officers Wives’ Association, the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, World Vision Philippines and the maritime community.

The relief operations aim to distribute relief goods for at least 10,000 families whose homes and belongings were destroyed during the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Ondoy”.

The anniversary highlights also include nationwide mangrove planting, spearheaded by all Coast Guard Districts and Stations.

Despite austere anniversary celebration, milestone landmarks would be commemorated for the penultimate proceedings.

The weeklong activities will culminate with a simple anniversary program on Oct. 16, 2009 at Coast Guard National Headquarters in Port Area, Manila with Transportation and Communication Secretary Leandro Mendoza as guest of honor and speaker.

Newly renovated facilities, namely the Coast Guard Command Center, CG Function Hall, CG Ceremonial Area, CG Information Technology Laboratory and Library, CG Female Barracks, CG Base Farola Access Road, and Headquarters PCG Staff Offices will be dedicated after the worship service.

On the same occasion, Tamayo will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy president Rear Admiral Fidel Diñoso for the cross training program of Coast Guard Officer Candidates and the first ever contingent of the Philippine Coast Guard Cadet Corps. Under the agreement, 75 cadets will be trained as part of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy program.

Mendoza will accord due recognition and honors upon all PCG personnel and private sector contributors involved in various search and rescue, and relief operations particularly the 40 rescue-relief operations teams of the PCG who responded immediately to various affected areas at the height of the tropical storm backlash.

The PCG-ReCAAP-JICA hosted and completed Friday the Joint Seminar-Workshop on Anti-Piracy Coordination with representatives from the Philippine Navy (PN), PNP Maritime Group, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes, Asian Terminal Inc. (ATI), and Office of Transportation Security (OTS).

The Coast Guard Aviation Group (CGAG) held on Thursday a simple ceremony for the pinning of the 1st Pilot Badge to three new rated first pilots of the Coast Guard Air Group and the Joint Convening of the Basic Pilot Training (BPT) Course Class 04-09 and the Aviation Machinistmate Specialization Course (AMSC) Class 04-09.

The continuous training of pilots and air crews, which are being conducted by CGAG either in-house or out-sourced from other aviation-related institutions, hopes to address the PCG ‘s need of additional rated pilots and air crews to continue the response capability and much-needed interoperability of the PCG in addressing maritime challenges.(PNA)



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