PCG to issue vessel safety certification documents

March 21, 2010 11:30 am 

MANILA, March 21 — Key leaders of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said they are planning to issue their own vessel safety certification similar to the one the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is issuing.

PCG commandant Vice-Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo made this announcement after noting that Republic Act 9993, or the Coast Guard Law of 2009, stipulates that they take a more active role in the safety certification of vessels.

“We want to add another level in the safety certification of vessels wherein this will be a requisite for the final certification from the Marina,” he said.

Tamayo said Republic Act 9993 also urges the PCG not to limit itself to the "pre-departure safety inspection of vessels but should be involved in inspections from the time the vessel arrives in the country when it will be dry-docked and when alterations are introduced to properly document the history of the vessel and recommend the needed safety measures for the vessel.”

PCG officials with some stakeholders will soon meet in Palawan to discuss the initial draft of the PCG Law implementing rules and regulations.

The draft will be presented to the industry by end of next month.

PCG in the meantime is stepping up its acquisition of equipment, including seven helicopters worth P5 billion. The procurement has been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority.

Republic Act 9993, signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Feb. 12, 2010, legitimized the presence of the PCG as a bureau under the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The law provided the PCG with a higher degree of autonomy with which to manage its personnel, resources and activities aside from giving the maritime agency the authority and responsibility over safety enforcement.(PNA)

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