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PCG: Joint elements of Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Region 6 and Task Force Puerto, together with the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumangas and Coast Guard K9 Unit, confiscated one kilogram of shabu amounting to a market value of 18 million pesos in a buy bust operation at Dumangas Port, Iloilo yesterday, January 28.

PCG: In response to the Mayon Volcano’s eruptions which started last 22 January 2018, the Philippine Coast Guard sentDeployable Response Group (DRG) Teams, two Medical Team and two K9 Search and Rescue Dogs and Handlers as augmentation to the continuous efforts being conducted by the Coast Guard District Bicol which is in current Full Alert status in providing assistance to all affected families in Bicol as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHILVOCS) raised from Alert Level 3 (Increase Tendency of Hazardous Eruption) to Alert Level 4 (Hazardous Eruption Imminent) prompting the extension of danger zone to eight (8) kilometers radius from the summit, yesterday, 23 January.

PCG: Three reported missing fishermen were successfully rescued by a passing motor banca at the vicinity waters of Barangay Culipapa, Hinoba-An, Negros Occidental last January 17.

Said fishermen identified as Roselier Doring, 24 years old; Danny Toastomban, 40 years old and Johnlloyd Toastomban departed Barangay Canday-Ong, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental for a fishing venture between the vicinity waters of said barangay and Barangay Pasihagon, Siquijor last January 15.

While navigating along the vicinity waters off Apo Island, subject motor banca encountered engine trouble and subsequently drifted towards the vicinity waters off Sulu Sea. A passing motor banca sighted the distressed vessel and rendered necessary assistance.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Dapitan continue its search for three (3) fishermen who remain missing after a fishing venture between the vicinity waters off Barangay Canday-Ong, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and Barangay Pasihagon, Siquijor since January 15.

CGS Dumaguete personnel went aboard CGS Dapitan and reported the identity of the missing fishermen as Roselier Doring, 24 years old; Danny Toastomban, 40 years old and Johnlloyd Toastomban who boarded an unregistered motor banca “Johnloyd”, painted green and white with homeport at Brgy. Pasihagon, Siquijor.

Upon receipt of the said report, personnel of CGS Dumaguete and CGS Dapitan conducted a joint search and rescue operation but yielded a negative result.

PCG: A total of 86 passengers and 10 crew members of an ill-fated Motor Launch “Anika” were rescued by personnel from Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao and BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) after receiving a distress report yesterday, around 05:40 P.M. at vicinity waters of Mataja Island located in the Province of Basilan.

PCG: President Rodrigo R Duterte has appointed Commodore Elson E Hermogino as the regular Commandant for the Philippine Coast Guard today.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in joint operations with Philippine National Police- Maritime Group (PNP-MARIG), Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed assets and personnel at the vicinity waters of Manila Bay (at the back of Quirino Grandstand), Jones Bridge and McArthur Bridge along Pasig River to ensure the safety of the devotees during the Feast of Black Nazarene from 07 to 10 January 2018.

For this year’s Traslacion covering 5.9 kilometers, the PCG detailed eight Deployable Response Teams from different PCG Units such as Headquarters Support Group, Marine Environmental Protection Command, Coast Guard Education and Training Command, Coast Guard Maritime Weapons, Communications, Electronics, and Information System Services, Maritime Safety Services Command, Coast Guard Surface Support Force, Special Operations Force, and Coast Guard Aviation Force, all ready for immediate response to any possible incident during the procession.

Alongside, Maritime Task Groups including Sub-Task Group Manila and Pasig were created to intensify seaborne/shore patrols and surveillance of suspicious water crafts within the vicinity using floating assets to include small crafts, aluminum boats, Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), rubber boats, utility boats, ferryboats, and plastic boats from PCG, PNP-MARIG, PCGA, MMDA, and PRC.

PCG: The elements of Coast Guard Special Operation Unit, Coast Guard K9 and Regional Risk Reduction Management Office (RRDMO) successfully retrieved the bodies of the three (3) missing persons onboard unnamed motorbanca which capsized at the vicinity waters of Purok 3, Barangay New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City yesterday, January 7.

As per inquiry, the unnamed motorbanca departed from unidentified fish pen guard house enroute to Purok 3, Brgy New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City with six (6) persons onboard.

While underway, the motorbanca was hit by big waves and strong winds causing it to capsize.

PCG: Joint elements of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) successfully intercepted a cargo vessel loaded with approximate number of 60,000 undocumented sacks of rice with an estimated market value of Php 120 million at somewhere around 25 nautical miles Southwest off Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibuguey around 9:30AM yesterday, 07 January.

Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo and Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumangas rescued the eight (8) construction workers who were left behind at the Dumangas Port by the person who promised them a job last Friday, January 27, 2017.

Initial reports revealed that at around 9:30 PM of the said date, Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo received a report from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6 Head, Mrs. Rosario T. Cabrera, that there were construction workers from Cebu who were loitering at Dumangas Port and who have not eaten for four (4) days already. Immediately, CGS Iloilo directed CGSS Dumangas personnel to take custody of the reported construction workers.

Accordingly, investigation conducted by CGSS Dumangas disclosed that said construction workers were promised a job in Iloilo City by a certain Engineer Edward Alferez but upon arrival at the said port, Alferez abandoned them.

PCG: Coast Guard Station Masbate together with Coast Guard K9 and Coast Guard Special Operations Unit successfully apprehended two (2) persons onboard Mbca “Phoenix-2” after they were caught carrying endangered species onboard during the conduct of the Mandatory Pre-Departure Inspection at Masbate Port on January 28.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sulu continues its search for six missing fishermen onboard an unregistered motor banca in Sulu last January 24.

The missing fishermen were identified as follows:

1. Mr. Alim Najar, 46 yrs old, resident of Jolo, Sulu

2. Mr Samad Hayundini, 42 yrs old, resident of Busbus, Jolo, Sulu

3. Mr. Munamir Hassan, 38 yrs old, resident of Busbus, Jolo, Sulu

Joint personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Buenavista together with Guimaras Environment and Natural Resources Office (GENRO) representatives successfully hauled the decomposing body of a sperm whale which was found at the shoreline of Barangay Sawang, Buenavista, Guimaras today, January 25. 

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) held the 11th Sea-Borne MARLEN Training Exercise together with the representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the vicinity waters off Manila Bay and Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force (HCGRF), Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila this morning, 25 January 2017.

Coast Guard Substation Calbayog personnel assisted a total of twenty seven (27) passengers and eight (8) crew onboard motor banca “Justin Joy” at vicinity waters off Brgy Ipao, Calbayog City, Western Samar last Monday, January 23.

According to the report, said motorbanca experienced damaged/broken propeller shaft resulting to loss of propulsion and subsequently went dead on the water.

Upon receiving the report, CGSS Calbayog immediately dispatched a SAR team onboard the aluminum boat and also coordinated with F/Bca “Romar-Lea” to request assistance in the conduct of SAR operation and possible towing operation to the distressed motorbanca.

PCG. 24 passengers including the boat captain and crew of motor banca “Calaguas I Adventure” were successfully rescued by Coast Guard in Banawang River, Camarines Norte yesterday, January 22.

Said motor banca departed Sitio Mahabang Buhangin, Brgy Mangkawayan, Calaguas Group of Island enroute to Minaogan Port in Vinzons, Camarines Norte when the boat’s propeller accidentally detached from its shafting while at the vicinity waters of said river.

A certain Mary Jane Balon reported the incident to the Duty Community Out-Post (COP) Vinzons of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Mercedes seeking assistance regarding a distressed motor banca.

PCG: The Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), COMMO JOEL S GARCIA PCG, Ph.D., H.D., Al-Haj graced the donning ceremony for the 87 PCG non-officers who were promoted to the next higher rank at the PCG headquarters in Manila today, 23 January.

“DOTr Secretary Tugade wants the Coast Guard to emerge as the number one maritime security law enforcer to dispect to counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism at sea as it is a domain of the Philippine Coast Guard to do all the maritime law enforcement activities”, COMMO GARCIA PCG stated during his speech.

"The Coast Guard is not the only in a process of transformation but has transformed towards elevating itself into the premier law enforcement agency in the country”, he added.

PCG: Ten fishermen onboard fishing banca "Princess Janin" were rescued by personnel of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Semirara at vicinity waters of Semirara Island last January 22.

PCG: Three fishermen in Bicol were found alive days after they were reported missing by their relatives.

The first survivor was identified as Reynan Echege, 28 years old, and crew of the missing yellow fishing boat. He was found drifting at the coastal waters of Barcelona, Sorsogon last Thusday.

Meanwhile, two others were found floating beside their capsized fishing boat in Rapu-Rapu, Albay. They were identified as Jomar Banaynal, 46 years old, and Jay John Banay, 19 years old.

Their boat F/Bca Frence Joan reportedly capsized due to big waves.

All fishermen were in good physical condition and returned to their respective families by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Rapu-Rapu.

PCG: Two fishermen drifting at one nautical mile off Apo Island were rescued by the Coast Guard last January 17. 

PCG: Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard are still searching for a 14-year old girl who was pulled by strong waves into the deeper portion of the sea in San Juan, La Union.

The victim, Melba Colombres, with three others namely, Diane Colombres (27 years old), Melody Colombres (16 years old) and Joan Banaang (15 years old), all residents of Crystal Cove, Baguio City were on a swimming venture at Casa La Playa Beach Resort last Saturday, 21 January when the incident occurred.

The four local tourists were reportedly dragged by strong currents. Two managed to swim back to the shoreline, another was rescued by a local surfer while Colombres remained missing.

The personnel of Coast Guard Station San Fernando, together with Philippine Navy, PDRRMC and MDRRMO, immediately searched for Colombres but yielded negative results due to zero visibility and unfavorable weather and sea condition.

Nineteen (19) non-officers from various PCG districts successfully graduated from the Outboard Motor Maintenance (OMM) Course conducted by the United States Coast Guard today at Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force, Pier 13, Manila with LCDR JEREMY OBENCHAIN USCG from the Defense Threat Reduction Office Philippines, US Embassy, Manila as the Keynote Speaker.

PCG: Two crew from the earlier reported five missing were already rescued by the local fishermen conducting fishing venture at vicinity waters off Batangas.

Edwin Inajenes, the vessel’s Quartermaster, was rescued last Wednesday, January 18 by a certain Mr Sandy Ferrer while he was conducting a fishing venture at vicinity waters off Brgy Papaya, Nasugbu Batangas.

Meanwhile, Virgilio Macaraeg, was rescued yesterday, January 19 by a fisherman named Romeo Cabading at vicinity waters off Fortune Island, Batangas.

Officer-In-charge, Philippine Coast Guard Commodore Joel S Garcia welcomed the United States Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Sung Kim in his visit today at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sorsogon and Coast Guard Sub Station Rapu-rapu continues searching of the three (3) missing fishermen onboard fishing banca Frence 1 Joan and unnamed motorbanca with yellow color at the vicinity water of North Samar on January 18.

A certain Ramon Guianan reported the incident to CGS Sorsogon.

According to reports, the victims were identified as Jomar Banaynal, 46 years old, Jay John Banaynal, 19 years old and Reynan Echague, 28 years old and all residents of Barangay Gogon, Rapu-rapu, Albay. 

PCG: Two Filipino fishermen who were rescued in Vietnam last 24 December 2016 and scheduled for repatriation arrived in the Philippines today.

The crew of ill-fated Fishing banca “Shermaine" were identified as Severino Noveras Camposano, 44 years old and Villardo C Ruz Jr, 35 years old, both residents of Salcedo, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro were reportedly rescued by a Vietnamese fishing boat with markings PY 95021 TS.

According to Camposado, they went on a fishing venture last 18 December 2016 in Lubang Island, Mindoro when their fishing banca was battered by strong waves which caused the boat to capsize and submerge. They were floating at sea for seven days before they were found by the Vietnamese nationals and then brought to Phú Yên Province, Vietnam where they were given medical assistance.

The elements of Coast Guard Station Pasig successfully retrieved two floating cadavers in separate incidents at the vicinity waters of Jones and Ayala Bridge along Pasig River yesterday, January 18.

The unidentified male cadaver who was retrieved at Jones Bridge was approximately 40 to 45 years old with medium built and wearing black sando and black short pants while the other male cadaver that was retrieved in Ayala Bridge was identified as Joey Benedicto Borromeo, 23 years old and a resident of Unang Hakbang Street, San Isidro Galas, Quezon City. The said cadaver was in the stage of decomposition.

The two male cadavers was properly turn-over to Manila Police District-Homicide Division for further investigation and was later on brought to Funeral Homes Services for proper disposition.

 

PCG Officer-in-Charge, Commodore Joel S Garcia PCG today welcomed Russian Ambassador Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev in the PCG headquarters this morning.

PCG: A cargo vessel M/V Meridian Tres was reported sinking at the vicinity waters of Sto Niño Dive Site, Bohol around 9:25 pm last night, January 17.

M/V Virgina 1, a cargo vessel with 11 crew onboard enroute to Roxas, Palawan from Delpan Pier, Binondo, Manila sank after it caught fire onboard at vicinity waters Southwest of Caballo Island, approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas on January 17, 2017.

Investigation to the survivors including the master of the vessel revealed that on January 17 at 1 AM, one of the crew suddenly noticed a fire coming from the purser’s cabin which is adjacent to the smoke stack of the vessel. All the crew tried to combat the fire but to no avail. It continuously spread on the main deck and reached the midship of the vessel where combustible cargoes were stored.

At 2 AM, the master declared “abandon ship”.

Six (6) crew boarded a life raft while five (5) others were able to board a life boat. 

PCG. Three fishermen in Linapacan, Palawan were arrested last Friday, January 13 due to illegal fishing at the vicinity waters of Sitio Gintu in Barangay Bulawit.

The suspects were identified as Ramram Velasco, 21; Juvanei Lucio, 22; Jerald Lucio, 30, all residents of Calinbangbangan, Palawan.

Personnel of the Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Linapacan discovered that the fishermen were using compressor and breathing apparatus in their fishing activities which are prohibited in the province of Linapacan.

The PCG confiscated the air compressor from the fishermen as well as two 60-meter compressor hose, two engines, two face masks and two pairs of improvised fins.

A 99.77 gross-tonned steel-hulled cargo vessel accidentally listed twenty (20) degrees to her portside after she was battered by big waves while she was underway at vicinity 3.2 nautical miles Southwest off Little Sta Cruz Island, Zamboanga City yesterday, January 16.

An unknown shipper called and reported the incident to Coast Guard Station Zamboanga at 11:20 AM.

M/V Erich, with ten (10) crew onboard and skippered by Mr. Rey Cabuhay, was loaded with 12,500 bags of cement enroute to Sumisip, Basilan. 

Coast Guard Sub-Station Pureza personnel successfully retrieved a floating cadaver which was found to be already in its decomposition stage at vicinity waters of Sta Ana Ferry Sttaion in Manila at 7:10 am today.

Said cadaver was wearing blue maong pants and dark T-shirt.

The SAR team brought the cadaver to Sta. Ana Ferry Station while waiting for Manila Police District – Homicide Division Personnel for the turn-over and proper disposition of the recovered dead body.

PCG: Undetermined quantity of dried seahorse were confiscated by the Coast Guard Station Manila personnel headed by LT MARY LEIZL BARBERO PCG of Coast Guard Legal Office together with Coast Guard K-9 Group, Sea Marshal Group (SMG) and Philippine Air Force (PAF) Intelligence Unit onboard M/V “ST FRANCIS XAVIER” at 3 o’clock this morning while she was docked at Pier 4, North Harbor, Manila.

PCG: A joint maritime exercise which enhances the capability in cross boarding, maritime pollution response and containment, and fire fighting was conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) together with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at vicinity 1.9 NM Northwest of Sangley Point, Cavite City today, 10 January.

The joint exercise between the two agencies was participated by a 56-meter PCG search and rescue vessel, BRP Pampanga (SARV-003), small crafts and a 105-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel, ICG ship "Samarth".

During the drill, various scenarios were exhibited. Initially, both Coast Guards sent their boarding team and conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure aboard two participating vessels. Subsequently, said team immediately demonstrated maritime pollution containment and response in prevention of oil spill as a vessel ran aground incurring a hole. The event was then concluded with a fire fighting operation to control and prevent a fire from occurring.

PCG. Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station Gumaca apprehended a motor banca in Gumaca Port after being reported by a concerned citizen that she was carrying excess passengers last January 3.

A certain Ms Maria Iris Villaruel Rodolfo posted the overloading incident on her Facebook account.

Immediately, CGSS Gumaca conducted investigation and identified the motor banca as MB Sanymel – 1 with 29.61 gross tonnage. Said motor is owned by Saturnino Labrada and skippered by Capt Manuel M Oliveros banca and plies Gumaca Port and Quezon area and vice-versa.

CGSS Gumaca issued Enforcement Inspection Apprehension Report (EIAR) with the following violations:

PCG. An unidentified teenager was found dead and decomposing at the vicinity waters of Barangay Macampol, Mati, Davao Oriental.

The victim, said to be between 12 to 15 years old, was wearing a blue sweatshirt and maong pants.

The cadaver was found by a staff of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Office (CDRRMO) at the shoreline of Sitio Langka last December 29.

It was recovered by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mati together with Special Operations Unit and PNP-Mati and was turned-over to the local police for proper investigation and disposition.

PCG: Five crew members of a distressed motor boat were successfully rescued by the Coast Guard in Cagayancillo, Palawan on New Year's Day.

The survivors were found onboard M/Bca Darnik at the vicinity waters of Manukan Island, Cagayancillo.

According to boat skipper Fred Bundac, the rudder broke due to rough sea condition while underway from Iloilo to Palawan.

Bundac reported the incident to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Cagayancillo and requested for assistance.

The stranded men were rescued by the PCG and some volunteers from Barangay Wahig, Cagayancillo. All were found in good physical condition.

PCG: A Chinese national passenger named Wang Xuewen, 49 years old was rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (Medical Team) through a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) onboard Tian Lu Hai today, January 29. Said ship was from Australia and was on their way to China.

From a phone call made by Tia Lu Hai to the PCG last night, they have said that Xuewen was experiencing suspected heart attack.

Early this morning, as the ship docked in Pier 13, the PCG Medical Team immediately conducted a MEDEVAC. 

The PCG Medical Team advised the ship’s agent to transfer the patient to Manila Doctors Hospital for further observation and treatments.

PCG: A 19-year old male was found dead at the shoreline of Brgy. Rabon, in San Fabian, Pangasinan by the joint search and rescue team composed of Coast Guard Sub-station San Fabian personnel and MDRRMC-WASAR San Fabian on January 26 at 8:40 am after he drowned while swimming at the vicinity waters of Barangay Nibaliw.

The victim, identified as a certain Josua Vonne Guerrero, was said to be on a swimming activity together with his friends on January 24 at 10:20am when he was suddenly dragged more or less 40 meters away from their swimming area by a strong current causing him to drown.

The incident was reported to CGSS San Fabian by Mr. Arman Baste, Team Leader of MDRRMC – WASAR San Fabian thru a phone call at 10:45 am of the same day.

Immediately, personnel of CGSS San Fabian together with MDRRMC – WASAR personnel proceeded to Brgy. Nibaliw verify the veracity of the report and to conduct necessary rescue assistance.

PCG: LCT Poseidon 20 ran aground at the vicinity waters of Brgy Tabunan, Matnog, Sorsogon with 2 passengers and 33 crewmembers onboard yesterday January 25.

Accordingly, LCT Poseidon failed to dock properly at Ramp nr 6 to unload their cargo from Allen, Northern Samar due to bad weather condition.

Around 6:50pm of the same date, Captain Antonio Dela Cruz of LCT Poseidon 20 decided to suspend the disembarkation of their cargoes due to heavy weather and proceeded to anchorage area. While maneuvering, said vessel was battered by big waves to the shoreline of Brgy Tabunan Matnog Sorsogon, causing her to subsequently run aground.

All passengers and crew are in good physical condition.

PCG. A Chinese national died while snorkeling in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan yesterday.

Investigation revealed that on January 23 at 9:30AM, Motor Banca “Aveline” with 28 passengers and four (4) crew onboard departed Station 3, Brgy Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan for an island hopping activity. While at the snorkeling area at 10:20AM, one of the crew noticed Chin Xing Tong, 67 years old from Beijing, seemed to be disoriented during the activity. The crew immediately approached the victim and brought him onboard the motor banca. And requested assistance to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Boracay and Special Operations Unit of Western Visayas who happened to be conducting a seaboarne patrol operation at the vicinity waters of Angol Point, which was near the area of incident.

Immediately, the Deployable Response Team (DRT) maneuvered and rendered necessary assistance to the unconscious Chinese national. The team transferred the victim to PCG rubber boat and brought him to the nearest shoreline. CGSS Boracay personnel transported the victim to Metropolitan Island Clinic for medical treatment. 

PCG. A fisherman identified as Rudy Zita was found lifeless after their fishing boat capsized at vicinity waters off Brgy. Bato-bato, Narra, Palawan on January 21.

Investigation revealed that Zita together with Mr Nazer Baldado went on fishing venture on January 20 in the said barangay and encountered unfavorable weather condition that causes the boat to capsize. Baldado was able to swim towards the shoreline and reported the incident to Brgy Capt Ernesto Ferrer who then subsequently relayed the information to personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station Narra for assistance leaving Zita missing.

The Coast Guard personnel together with barangay kagawad immediately conduct search and rescue operation onboard PCG aluminum boat for the missing fisherman Zita and was later found lifeless. Said cadaver was turned over to the bereaved family for proper disposition.

Coast Guard personnel also advised the local fisher folks to take extra precautionary measures while on fishing activities and not to venture out sea anymore if the weather and sea conditions are unfavorable to prevent similar accidents in the future.

PCG: Three fishermen, two of whom were minors, were successfully rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard last Tuesday from a capsized motorboat in Occidental Mindoro.

The incident was reported to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Occidental Mindoro by SPO2 Rolando Operania of the San Jose Municipal Police Station. Accordingly, an undocumented motorboat capsized at approximately one (1) nautical mile west of Aroma Beach, Barangay San Roque 1, San Jose. 

A SAR operation was immediately conducted by CGS Occidental Mindoro, CGSS San Jose and Special Operations Unit-Southern Tagalog (SOU-STL).

Rommel De Custo, 52, Joemary Magsipoc, 14, and Keven Garciano, 13, were all rescued in good physical condition. 

A dead fisherman’s body was successfully retrieved from his capsized boat in Subic, Zambales last 03 January at the vicinity waters of Hanjin Pier.

On January 3, 2016 at 7:46am, Commander of Coast Guard Sub-Station Wawandue received a call from Chairman Artagame of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Center (BFARMC) Subic reporting a capsizing incident involving a small paddled yellow banca with one (1) fisherman onboard at vicinity 600 meters away from Hanjin Pier at 6:30am of the same day.

Immediately, CGS Subic and CGSS Wawandue personnel together with Special Operations Unit (SOU) Subic personnel immediately proceeded to the area onboard AB-021 to verify the veracity of the report and to conduct necessary assistance.

At 8:42am, the team successfully recovered the cadaver of the victim which was identified by Mrs. Vevencia Baldia, DSWD personnel of Sitio Nagtulong, Cawag, Subic, Zambales as a certain Mr. Roland D Tiera, 34 years old, single and a resident of Sitio Nagtulong, Subic, Zambales.

Four (4) fishermen onboard fishing banca ”Amina” were rescued by joint elements of Coast Guard Sub-station Glan and PNP Maritime Group after their vessel accidentally went half-submerged at vicinity waters approximately 2 nautical miles of Sumbang Point, Glan, Sarangani Province last 05 January.

At 5:55 am of the same day, PO2 Rordilo Limen of PNP Maritime Group reported the incident to CGSS Glan.

Immediately at 6am, CGSS Glan personnel launched its aluminum boat AB –231 and proceeded to the reported area of incident together with PNP Maritime Group personnel to conduct search and rescue operations.

At 7:30 am, the team sighted the 4 fishermen onboard the distressed fishing banca and subsequently towed them safely back to Glan Port, Sarangani Province. The rescued fishermen were then given immediate medical attention.

PCG: Two cadavers of drowned men were retrieved by the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Baler yesterday, January 3.

The victims identified as Richard Anderson Dela Cruz and Richard Dela Cruz were both residents of Baler, Aurora.

Their bodies were found floating a few nautical miles from the shoreline of Baler fish port at Sitio Diguisit, Barangay Zabali.

The cadavers were turned over to Philippine National Police (PNP)-Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO)-Baler for proper disposition.

PCG: Two men were found while two remains missing as a motor boat submerged in Boracay on New Year's Eve.

The rescued crews were identified as Raymund De Juan, 23 years old and Adrian Seraspi, 13 years old. They were found by M/T Superiority.

Investigation revealed that the men were onboard M/Bca Jacob and Jared when it was battered by rough seas last December 31 on its way to Santa Fe, Tablas, Romblon. 

A certain Hercie Barrientos reported to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay that the boat has already submerged. 

PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Coron together with Special Operations Unit (SOU) Palawan successfully rescued the passengers onboard motorbancas Madel and Ryza at vicinity of Coron Bay last Friday, January 1.

A certain   Jimboy Lonoy reported the incident to CGS Coron.

Immediately, CGS Coron together with SOU Palawan conducted rescue operation of the two motorbancas and successfully rescued the three passengers onboard Mbca Madel and four passengers onboard Mbca Ryza all in good physical condition.

Accordingly, Mbca Madel departed Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Palawan with 4 passengers onboard enroute to Cyc Island, Coron Palawan when they encountered rough seas that resulted to capsize. Meanwhile, Mbca Ryza with three passengers onboard was navigating on the vicinity when they sighted the capsized Mbca Madel and immediately render assistance and recued all the passengers. Mbca Ryza successfully transferred all the passengers’ onboard and navigates enroute to Coron Town Proper when they encountered rough seas and also capsized.

PCG: Eight domestic seamen were rescued last Wednesday by the Coast Guard from a distressed motor launch in Bataraza, Palawan.

ML Azriel's rudder reportedly detached from its shaft while transiting the vicinity waters of Rio Tuba, Palawan.

The motor boat was loaded with 200 bags of cement, 100 pieces of steel bars, a motorcycle and various cargoes when the incident occurred.

PCG: Four crew members of a capsized fishing boat were rescued by the Coast Guard in Roxas City, Capiz after an unidentified vessel hit its starboard side yesterday morning, January 27.

The incident was reported by a certain Susan Arrojada to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) San Jose in Masbate, informing that fishing banca Jambi capsized 12 NM from the shoreline of Dao, Balud, Masbate.

Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station San Jose immediately conducted a search and rescue operations onboard AB-184 and successfully rescued Jerry Gallenza, 41 years old, Benjie Macabat, 29 years old, Randy Sachez, 21 years old and Engie Lopez, 20 years old.

PCG: A total of 11 passengers were rescued from imminent drowning by the Coast Guard in Banica, Roxas City when their motor boat was battered by strong winds and rough seas. 

The survivors were onboard MBca Vickey around 1:00 PM last Saturday, January 24, bound for Banica Wharf when strong winds and big waves capsized their boat at the vicinity waters of Brgy. Punta, Cogon, Roxas. 

The personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Banica immediately responded to the incident and rescued the passengers.

Naval Command and Staff Course Class 77-2015 composed of 44 students and five training staff visited Headquarters, Philippine Coast Guard today, January 27.

The visit aims to familiarize the students with the PCG’s mission, functions, operations and facilities as well.

 

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena led the donning and oath taking ceremony of the newly appointed and promoted officers of the Philippine Coast Guard.

PCG: The PCG Dragon Boat Team, under the Office of the Coast Guard Special Service, welcomes 2015 with back-to-back Gold medals.

Last 14 December 2014, the PCGDBT won the Gold medal in the Final Leg of Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Quarterly Regatta held in Manila Bay. 

The Philippine Navy Team came in second.

PCG: Two separate drowning incidents were reported last Sunday, January 18, involving a fisherman and a six-year old boy.

The first victim was identified as Esmar Arroyo, 26 years old who suffered from an epileptic attack while fishing at a river in Sitio Luyan, Brgy. Matagnop in Dao, Capiz.

Arroyo's cadaver was recovered by the joint personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Roxas, Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) and K9 Unit together with PDRRMC, BFP and PNP.

PCG: A passenger of MV St. Michael the Archangel banged his head on concrete and fractured his legs after jumping off the ship last wednesday morning, 14 January in Iloilo.

Gregory Almedilla witnessed his fellow passenger Robert Lloyd Reyes jumped off the starboard side of the ship and immediately screamed for help.

Reyes fell on a concrete pavement of the Arrastre Pier and incurred a nine inch gash on his forehead and fractured legs.

PCG: An ailing foreign seafarer was successfully evacuated by the Coast Guard from a Curacao-flagged vessel in the vicinity waters of Lubang Island in the morning of January 12. 

Able-bodied seaman (AB) Vasilijs Mahins reportedly incurred an open fracture on his lower right leg while working onboard MV Transporter.

The vessel's ship master Capt. J. Kabicenko immediately coordinated with the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) around 10:30AM of the said date for the medical evacuation of Mahins.

PCG: An ailing foreign seafarer was air lifted by the Coast Guard from a Curacao-flagged vessel in the vicinity waters of Lubang Island in the morning of January 12. 

Able-bodied seaman (AB) Vasilijs Mahins reportedly incurred an open fracture on his lower right leg while working onboard MV Transporter.

The vessel's ship master Capt. J. Kabicenko immediately coordinated with the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) around 10:30AM of the said date for the medical evacuation of Mahins.

PCG: 26 Filipino seamen were rescued by the crew of a Chinese vessel in Camiguin hours after their cargo ship sunk at the area in the morning of Friday, January 9.

The survivors were onboard LCT 378 when it was battered by big waves and strong winds at the vicinity waters of Camiguin Island around 4:00 AM last Friday. 

Capt. Edilberto I. Jugarap reportedly sent a distress signal when their ship continued to list at about 15 degrees to port side as water flooded in the cargo hold. Jugarap and his men abandoned ship at around 8:30 AM before LCT 378 totally capsized 20NM from the shoreline of Camiguin.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Batangas continues searching for a missing crew of a distressed motor boat at the vicinity waters of Bauan Anchorage.

Allan Agito (boatman), Gilbert Macalalad (boat helper) and Jay-R Castillo (Safety Officer from Harbor Star Shipping Services) were onboard M/Bca Jeros when it was pushed by strong currents under Barge Lynx last Wednesday, January 7. 

Initial inquiry revealed that Mbca Jeros was connected to the astern of Motor Tugboat (MT) Procyon while Barge Lynx was along the port side of said motor tug at the anchorage area of Sto Domingo, Bauan.

30 year old caretaker and welder of M/V Vela 3 identified as Mr Romeo Decipulo, a resident of Barangay Tallungan, Aparri, Cagayan drown and subsequently died after swimming in the waters of Cagayan River under the influence of liquor on January 06, 2015.

Reports from Coast Guard District Northeastern Luzon disclosed that a certain Mr Romer Abarientos reported the incident on January 6 at 3:10 PM.

At 3:16 in the afternoon, Coast Guard Station Aparri dispatched a SAR team to conduct search and rescue operations to Decipulo. The team successfully retrieved Decipulo at 4:25 PM of same date. Coast Guard Medical personnel conducted continuous Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to revive the victim while on their way to Aparri District Hospital but to no avail. Decipulo was declared dead on arrival bt Dra. Shyneth Batara, Medical officer on duty.

PCG: Coast Guard Station Sual successfully evacuated the sickly wife of a chief engineer of MV Sipang Express while at 4 nautical miles northeast off Sual, Pangasinan last Monday, January 05.

Evelyn Godines, 59 years old, was reportedly suffering from dehydration but was conscious and was still ambulatory.

The report was received by Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sual around 3:20 PM on Monday from Anna Rodriguez, Operations Manager of Assist America of the Philippines.

VADM RODOLFO D ISORENA PCG, Commandant of Philippine Coast Guard spearheaded the turn-over ceremony for the Office of the Chief of Coast Guard Staff at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard Tuesday, January 06. COMMODORE JOSELITO F DELA CRUZ PCG properly turn-over his duties and responsibilities as the outgoing Chief of Coast Guard Staff to the new Chief of Coast Guard Staff CAPTAIN OSCAR C ENDONA PCG. 

COMMODORE JOSELITO F DELA CRUZ PCG, Chief of Coast Guard Staff presided the turn-over ceremony of the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Operation (CG-3) at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard today, January 06. CAPTAIN OSCAR C ENDONA PCG relinquished his duties and responsibilities as the outgoing Deputy Chief of CG-3 to the incoming Deputy Chief CAPTAIN TEOTIMO R BORJA PCG. 

PCG: A total of 56 passengers were separately rescued yesterday by the Coast Guard and civilian volunteers from a submerged motor boat near the coast of Boracay.

MB GP Brosis encountered engine failure 500 meters southeast off Boracay Island and later took in water from huge waves prevailing at the area.

Aurora Zayco, a passenger of the ill-fated boat, called Napoleon Seasport for assistance. Said report reached the Coast Guard in Caticlan through ENS ARTHUR EGINA PCG (Ret).

Immediately, Coast Guard Station (CGS) Caticlan dispatched its Deployable Response Teams (DRT) together with personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay to conduct investigation and rescue operation.

PCG: A cargo-passenger vessel in Cebu was held by the Coast Guard last Saturday, January 3, for overloading of passengers.

M/V Graceful Star, skippered by Capt. Pretchard Gayo, reportedly departed the port of Baybay, Leyte carrying a total of 736 passengers.

Said vessel owned by Roble Shipping Lines is authorized to transport only 692 passengers.

Upon arrival in Pier 4-Cebu, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Tinago immediately conducted an actual headcount as passengers disembarked the ship.

PCG: 52 passengers of a sunken motor boat in Masbate were successfully rescued by the Coast Guard in the early morning of Sunday, January 4.

MV Jonalyn was loaded with 200 sacks of copra and 52 passengers and crew when its hull was accidentally hit by a floating log around 3:00 am in the vicinity waters of Animasola Island.

A certain Boboy Delos Angeles reported to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) San Pascual that MV Jonalyn was already taking in water and 52 passengers were stranded at sea.

Immediately upon receipt of  information, CGSS San Pascual personnel proceeded to the area onboard M/B Sr San Pascual to conduct search and rescue (SAR) operation. 

Nine (9) crewmembers of M/V Sea Merchant who went missing onboard a life raft are being searched by the Coast Guard Batangas Search and Rescue teams while eleven (11) crewmembers of M/V Sea Merchant were safely rescued by the passing M/T Mactan Island after it has received the distress signal from the cargo vessel which sunk at the vicinity waters approximately five (5) nautical miles southeast of Malabrigo Point in Lobo, Batangas at around 6:45 AM yesterday, January 01.

Said cargo vessel was carrying 20,040 bags of cement and enroute to Antique from Bauan Port where they loaded 16,000 liter of diesel oil.

Inquiry from Mr. Celso Rey Baiza, Chief Officer of M/V Sea Merchant revealed that while their vessel was navigating towards Dumali Point, Oriental Mindoro on 01 January 2014 at 2 PM, they were suddenly battered by big waves and strong winds on her port. Her cement cargo shifted to the starboard side causing it to list by 10 degrees. The Master ordered his Chief Mate to arrest the list by shifting the ship’s heading while the engine crew tried to intake ballast water to port when three (3) consecutive big waves continued to batter the ship causing the, to take in more water. M/V Sea Merchant subsequently sank few minutes after the Chief Mate initiated the distress call at 4PM.

DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard personnel in Cebu renders assistance to a cargo vessel that ran aground at the vicinity waters of Madridejos, Bantayan Island last Sunday, January 19.

LCT 208, with 24 crew members onboard, was reportedly unloading its cargo of sand and gravel while moored at Kaongkod Wharf when its mooring lines was suddenly severed due to strong winds and big waves.

The vessel drifted on the shallow area of the wharf and eventually ran aground on its sandy portion.

DOTC-PCG: Coast Guard Station (CGS) Romblon continues to search the vicinity waters of Barangay Alibagon, Sibuyan where a 22-year old fisherman reportedly went missing last Sunday, January 19.

A certain Rey Riano reported to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Cajidiocan that Guilbert Magno, 22 years old, was missing.

Accordingly, Magno left Barangay Alibagon around 2:30PM on Sunday onboard an unregistered motor banca but has failed to return since.

butuan rescue operation

Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao conducted rescue operations to various flooded barangays of Butuan due to tropical depression "Agaton". The rescue efforts resulted to a total of 639 which includes 350 adults, 255 children and 34 infants respectively.

A total of 120 passengers are stranded as of 22 January 2014, 12:00 NOON:
 
CENTRAL VISAYAS
Cebu - 120
 
1 vessels were not allowed to sail at said port.

DOTC-PCG: The body of a teenage girl who was earlier reported to be missing was already found by the joint search and retrieval team of the Philippine Coast Guard, PNP and MDRRMC in Camarines Sur.

Eva Manicdao, 17, was found in a state of decomposition by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Balatan, PNP-Bula and MDRRMC-Buhi at the river banks of Barangay Balogan, Bula, Camarines Sur today.

Manicdao, a resident of Angeles City, Pampanga reportedly fell overboard and drowned when a paddle boat accidentally capsized.

DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Polilio, Quezon continues searching for three fishermen who were reported missing since Saturday, January 19 when they went for a fishing venture but have failed to return since.

On a report received by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Polilio from Edwin Susa, Chairman of Barangay Kalubakis, Polilio, the three fishermen departed onboard M/Bca Ely around 4:00AM last Saturday to fish at the vicinity waters of Barangay Agta.

The fishermen were identified as Randy Ramirez, 45 years old, Josepth Regata, 18 years old, and Ronnel Tambal, 21 years old.

DOTC-PCG: A teenage girl in Bula, Camarines Sur remains missing after a paddle boat accidentally capsized while crossing a river in Barangay Balogan.

The victim, Eva Manicdao, 17 years old and a resident of Angeles City, Pampanga, was reportedly onboard a paddle boat together with her four friends when it accidentally capsized.

The incident was immediately reported by Police Senior Inspector Monge PNP to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Balatan.

A total of 3,427 passengers are stranded as of 20 January 2014, 12 midnight in the following ports:
 
1. CENTRAL VISAYAS
Cebu- 375
 
2. EASTERN VISAYAS
Catbalogan- 2,670
Maasin- 40
 
3.BICOL
Pasacao- 80
Bulan- 230
Masbate- 32
 
24 vessels and 8 motorbancas were not allowed to sail with 546 rolling cargoes at said ports.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sasa contained the spread of oil spill reported at the Legaspi Oil Company Incorporated at KM 09, Sasa, Davao City last Friday, January 17.

According to report, the incident resulted when the coco fatty oil, a by-product of coconut oil, overflowed from the final catch basin at the refinery department of the said oil company.

Approximately 500 liters of oil spilled affecting the seawall and foundation post of Legaspi Oil Company Incorporated and Insular Oil Incorporated Wharf.

At around 5:50 AM today, Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo received a distress call from MV SPORTIVO which was anchored at Iloilo Strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras. Accordingly, the cargo vessel was sinking after it was drifted from her anchored position and collided with another vessel. Immediately, the PCG Rescue Teams dispatched to the scene of incident.

Subsequently, all twenty nine (29) crew members were rescued, brought to CGS Iloilo Compound, and provided with necessary relief and assistance. Likewise, the survivors were given medical attention/assistance by the Iloilo City Emergency Response (ICER) Team.

Initial investigation revealed that around 5:15 AM while doing his routinary morning inspection around the ship, CAPT NEMESIO EGUNA, observed that MV SPORTIVO too close to another anchored vessel. Immediately, the crew executed emergency procedures to prevent collision. However, the vessel’s main engine malfunctioned. The strong wind and current caused MV SPORTIVO to drift fast and make contact with another anchored cargo vessel in the area, MV JEHAN-5. Due to the collision, MV SPORTIVO sustained a big hole on her portside midship, took in seawater, and eventually sank at the vicinity 1,500 yards east of Iloilo River entrance.

Coast Guard Action Center Manila received report today that MV Starlite Atlantic, a roro vessel ran aground at vicinity waters of Brgy Argao, Malay, Aklan around 4:30 AM today, 19 January.

Initial information from the Master of the vessel revealed that MV Starlite Atlantic with 31 crew members onboard was anchored at Caticlan Anchorage Area when its anchor chain was cut due to strong winds and big waves causing it to be dragged to its present position.

The Captain will attempt to pull the vessel from its agrounding position during the highest tide this afternoon.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of Coast Guard vessel DF 318 with a team of Coast Guard Special Operations Unit of Central Visayas escorted to safety a distressed passenger vessel to Port of Cebu last Tuesday, January 14.

MV Weesam Express 6, a passenger vessel skippered by Capt Ernesto Badian, ran aground at the vicinity waters of Bantolinao Point, Lapu-Lapu City while enroute from Ormoc to Cebu Port around5:55 PM, Tuesday.

Immediately, Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cebu alerted and dispatched DF 318 for search and rescue operations. Likewise, MV Weesam Express 7, sister ship of the distressed vessel, was directed to proceed to the area for a towing operation.

DOTC-PCG: Two fishermen went missing on separate incidents in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte after both ventured out to sea for a fishing activity last Monday, January 13.

The first incident was reported to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Currimao by a certain Juliet from the Provincial Capitol in Laoag City. Accordingly, the fisherman identified as Rogelio Topaz, 54 years old and a resident of Barangay Poblacion 1, Pagudpud, llocos Norte, went for a fishing venture last Monday but failed to return since.

The report was confirmed by Barangay Capt. Maricel Garvida and furthered that Topaz was last seen onboard a motorbanca marked with "All Cousins" on its hull.

1. Update on MV Subic Bay 1 that ran aground at Bantolinao Point, Cebu:
 
The vessel arrived safely at Gothong Wharf, Cebu at 11:30 PM yesterday, 16 November.
 
2. Update on MV Joyful Star that ran aground at Bantolinao Point, Cebu: 
 
All passengers were safely transported to Porter Yacht Club in Liloan, Cebu. Said passengers were in good condition and assisted by a certain Mr Jasper Roble, a representative of Roble Shipping Incorporated.

DOTC-PCG: The Coast Guard Central Vizayas Action Center reported today three maritime incidents that occurred within their area of responsibility last night, January 15.

MV Joyful Star with 237 passengers onboard ran aground yesterday around 11:45 PM at the vicinity of Bantolinao Point, Cebu while enroute from Maasin, Leyte to Cebu. Said vessel, with 1097.87 GT, is skippered by Captain Alexander Canete of Roble Shipping Incorporated.

The Coast Guard is still transferring passengers of MV Joyful Star using rubber boats to DF 318 and M/Tug Janggo to Porter Yacht Club, Cebu.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Dapitan successfully evacuates 10 families along the riverbanks of Barangay Torno, Dipolog City last Monday, January 13.

Initial reports revealed that the Dipolog River overflowed due to high tide around 8:00 PM.

This prompted CGS Dapitan to immediately dispatch two teams to conduct evacuation and rescue operations to the flooded areas due to torrential heavy rains brought about by the Low Pressure Area (LPA) in Mindanao.

Upon arrival in the area, the team evacuated first the children and elderly and carried them to safe vicinity. The team rescued and evacuated a total of 60 individuals.

DOTC-PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iligan together with the 1003rd Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) Squadron have assisted in the safe ferrying of passengers between Linamon and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte when the Napo Bridge connecting both municipality collapsed last Monday, January 13.

Reports revealed that Napo Bridge collapsed due to strong river current that resulted to the heavy congestion of vehicles from both sides of the bridge.

Immediately, CGS Iligan and the PCGA team assessed the situation and conducted assistance to the stranded passengers by ferrying them from Linamon to Kauswagan and vice versa and ensured safety precautions before allowing the motor banca to depart only with limited passengers wearing life jackets.

DOTC-PCG: VADM Isorena lauds personnel of CGSS Estancia saving a total of 31 passengers while the distressed motor boat was towed back to shore by the elements of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Estancia in Carles, Iloilo last Monday, January 13.

M/Bca M-Star-II reportedly broke its rudder post due to strong winds and big waves prevailing at the vicinity waters northeast of Manigonigo Island in Carles, Iloilo. It's boat captain Marlou Mortel immediately reported to CGSS Estancia that the incident resulted to steering casualty and requested for assistance.

Upon arrival at the distressed area, CGSS Estancia conducted a Search and Rescue operation onboard F/Bca MJ and towed M/Bca M-Star-II 300 meter off the Estancia Feeder Port where it safely transferred the passengers to a flat boat.

DOTC-PCG: The cadaver of a 14-year old girl was recovered yesterday by the Coast Guard and Bantay Dagat personnel about 500 meters away from Bredco Port near Sea Oil Depot, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City.

The victim identified as Nene Sumiguin reportedly went fishing with Rudy Fernandez, 21 years old, at the vicinity waters of Bredco Port. The boat later encountered big waves causing it to capsize.

According to Fernandez, he and Sumiguin attempted to swim back to the shoreline but the latter disappeared.

DOTC-PCG: All 64 passengers and 8 crew members of a distressed motor launch were safely disembarked at Sangali Fish Port Complex due to the assistance of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Sangali, MCS 3009 and MCS 3003 last Saturday, January 11.

Around 8:00 AM of the said day, the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga received a call from the operations manager of ML Magnolia Shipping Lines informing that ML Magnolia Emerald is in distress.

Said vessel departed Zamboanga City Port last January 10 at 10:20 PM enroute to Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay with a total of 72 passengers onboard consisting of 51 adults, 18 children and three infants and eight crew.

DOTC-PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Olutanga have retrieved the cadaver of MV Evert Sweet last Saturday, January 11.

According to Bryan Acedes, crew of MV Ever Sweet, their escort Roberto G. Morano Cafgu accidentally fell overboard while standing at the port beam of the vessel which was docked at the Port of Olutanga in Zamboanga, Sibugay.

Immediately, the personnel of said sub-station, together with the crew of said vessel, conducted search and rescue operation but yielded negative result due to unfavorable weather condition.

DOT-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard conducts a formal investigation on the grounding incident involving a landing craft tank (LCT) vessel owned by Mintrade Shipping Corp. at the shoreline of Barangay Poblacion, Malita, Davao del Sur on January 10.

Initial information revealed that LCT Karlo departed Sta. Ana Pier in Davao City in the evening of Thursday, January 9, and arrived shortly at the anchorage area of Barangay Fishing Village, Malita.

LCT Karlo was supposed to transfer supplies and other machinery parts from a foreign container ship anchored at the area to the on-going construction of Aboitiz Power Coal Plant in Toril, Davao City.

DOTC-PCG: The Coast Guard is still on alert for two fishermen in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur who went missing since Thursday, January 9.

According to Rowena Carlos, captain of Barangay Villa Garcia, Sta. Cruz, two fishermen went out to sea, 50 miles west of said barangay, on the said date but have failed to return since.

The missing fishermen were identified as Richard Jallorina, 39 years old, and Jun Solinas, 35 years old. Both were seen onboard "Remboy", a yellow and orange motor boat powered with 16HP Briggs and Stratton engine.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard in Occidental Mindoro continues searching for a fisherman who reportedly fell overboard a Vietnamese fishing vessel near Lubang Island last Friday, January 10.

The unidentified fisherman was onboard KH 97876 and was conducting fishing venture 65NM southwest off Lubang Island when he fell overboard around 2:00PM.

Upon receipt of said report, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Tilik immediately conducted a search and rescue operation but due to strong winds and big waves prevailing in the area, the team decided to return to station and resume with the SAR operations if the weather permits.

DOTC-PCG: Three units of Toyota Innova were donated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Insurance Incorporation (AFPGIC), formerly known as AFPGEN, to the Philippine Coast Guard today.

DOTC-PCG: PCG Commandant, Rear Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena lauds the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay who rescued 14 local tourists, two of which are children, after a motorbanca collided with a speedboat at the vicinity of Cagban Port, Boracay Island last Monday, January 6.

Said sub-station received the report at 1:45 PM of the said day regarding the collision between Mbca Boracay Regency Beach Resort 3 and Mbca Nonoy Edwin 2.

Accordingly, Mbca Boracay Regency Beach Resort 3 was transporting one local and six foreign passengers while Mbca Nonoy Edwin 2 was loaded with 14 local passengers when the incident occurred.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Aparri, together with Coast Guard District Northeastern Luzon (CGDNELZN) and Special Operations Unit (SOU) of Northeastern Luzon, have recovered a cadaver along Apangunan Bridge, Brgy, Macanaya, Aparri Cagayan around 8:00 AM today, January 10.

Initial investigation revealed that the cadaver, identified as Mark Jolein Balisi, 29 years old, married, and a resident of Zone 6 Macanaya, Aparri, Cagayan, was reported missing by his mother in the morning of January 09.

Upon receiving the report, the team assessed the vicinity for a possible search and retrieval operation. Around 8:00 AM today, the team conducted a deep search along the vicinity of Apangunan bridge and found the cadaver of Balisi while his motorcycle was found 3 meters away from the body.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Calumpang continues searching for a 17-year old fisherman who was reported missing by his companion in Balud, Calumpang, Masbate last Tuesday, January 7.

The fisherman identified as Daryl Suicon, a resident of Barangay Panampangon, Milagros, Masbate, was reportedly fishing with a companion at the vicinity waters off Ubo, Balud when the incident occurred.

Upon receiving the report, CGSS Calumpang conducted Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation for Suicon onboard M/Bca Hanz AJ together with some relatives of the victim but yielded negative result.

DOTC-PCG: Two members of the Saint Jude Parish Church in Tangalan, Aklan drowned during a rescue attempt while another was eventually found dead by the joint rescue team of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumaguit and 611th Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) Squadron.

The incident was reported to CGSS Dumaguit by an unnamed concerned citizen who informed that swimmers drowned at the Green Meadow Beach Resort in Barangay Tawili, Tangalan last Monday, January 6.

Immediately, the joint personnel of CGSS Dumaguit together with 611th Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) Squadron and Tangalan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) proceeded to the said area to investigate and conduct rescue operation.

President Aquino has promoted Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena to the rank of Vice Admiral (VADM).

PCG spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said Aquino approved and signed Isorena’s promotion last January 3. The appointment order was officially transmitted to the Office of the DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya yesterday.

Isorena is the 25th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard and succeeded Vice Admiral Edmund Tan, who retired from the service last December 15, 2012.

With some 12 million devotees from different walks of life to join the procession, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and various law enforcement agencies will deploy its security personnel and assets for the upcoming Feast of the Black Nazarene on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo D. Isorena directed the dispatch of PCG personnel and assets in different points within the route of said procession. Nine (9) CGK9 dogs with handlers will be deployed at vicinity Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, three (3) PCG craft will be placed on standby at the back of the Quirino grandstand to serve as platform in case of emergency evacuation together with four (4) rubber boats manned by SOG, one (1) craft under Jones bridge with six (6) rubber boats and two (2) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) manned by SOG rescue divers, thirteen (13) CG Medical personnel with ambulance at Quezon bridge.

DOTC-PCG: The joint team of the Philippine Coast Guard, Provincial Public Safety Company and the Philippine National Police have confiscated 10 pieces of Narra lumber that were discovered onboard a motor vessel at the Port of San Andres without the necessary documents last January 03.

The team composed of the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Andres headed by PO2 SM Loseño PCG, together with two K9 personnel, SN1 FC Enriquez PCG and SN1 RA Domingo PCG, and representatives from the Provincial Public Safety Company PO1 Antonio Aquino PNP have conducted a mandatory pre-departure inspection (MPDI) onboard MV Calexta II and apprehended an Isuzu truck where the lumbers were found.

The truck, with plate number RDW 221, was driven by a certain Anthony Garcia, 32 years old and resident of Barangay Binogsacan, Guinobatan, Albay.

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Babak retrieved the cadaver of an 11-year old boy who drowned while swimming at the vicinity waters of Villarica Wharf on New Year’s Day.

The victim, Welsil John Anuber, and his four-year old sister was reportedly left by their mother to her live-in partner Joven Anuber onboard their pleasure yacht which was berthed at the Villarica Wharf.

Joven, however, fell asleep while the victim was still swimming and was unable to rescue the latter when he drowned.


Gensan Tobias, the mother of the victim and a resident of Barangay Villarica, Igacos, Davao Del Norte, reported the drowning incident to CGSS Babak and requested for assistance.

DOTC-PCG: A fisherman and his son were found dead by their fellow fishers in Sorsogon, Bicol on New Year's day.

Dante Ortiz and his son Roy Ben, alyas "Polgoso", were reported missing by Melit Ortiz last December 31.

According to Melit, her husband and son departed the Port of Sorsogon to conduct fishing venture but has failed to return as expected.

Immediately, the Deployable Response Group (DRG) of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sorsogon onboard a hired motor boat, in coordination with six fisher folks from Barangay Talisay, Sorsogon, proceeded to the area to conduct search and rescue operation but yielded negative result.
On January 1, 2014, Roy Ben was found by a fisherman passing by the vicinity waters of Barangay Punong, Casiguran. The SAR divers immediately proceeded to the area and found the victim entangled in a fish coral (Bunuan).

DOTC-PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Coron have successfully rescued a total of 14 passengers, six of whom were children, onboard a motorbanca which conked out at the vicinity waters of Marili, Coron, Palawan last December 28.

Reports received around 8:45 PM of the said date revealed that a certain Mrs. Cynthia Balilo, owner of Mbca Choks, appeared at the CGS Coron seeking for assistance to rescue her boat at said vicinity.

Immediately, said station organized a search and rescue (SAR) operations with CG K-9 Coron and Marine Environmental Protection (MEPU)-Coron personnel and departed onboard M/Bca Ezyl to rescue said passengers.

DOTC-PCG: A 61-year old fisherman went missing a day after Christmas at the vicinity waters of Nalaut Island in Busuanga, Palawan.

The victim identified as Ricardo Amazan, was reported missing by his son Ricar Dualos last December 27 after he failed to return home from a fishing activity.

Dualos, a resident of Barangay Panlaitan, Busuanga, requested assistance from the personnel of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Talampulan to locate his father who reportedly conducted fishing activity at 3NM off Nalaut Island onboard M/Bca Aiza of 0.5GT.

A male cadaver was sighted floating along the vicinity shoreline of Barangay, Tarangotong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur on December 29, 2013.

Reports revealed that at around 930 AM of the said date, Coast Guard Sub-Station Candon received a cellphone call from ENS TARCLENO ROSUENA PN (retired), resident of Barangay Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, informing that a certain LT ALVIN LAGRIA PAF, 29 years old, single and resident of Barangay Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur was drowned while swimming in a beach in the said barangay.

Immediately, Coast Guard Sub-Station Candon personnel proceeded to the drowning site to conduct search and retrieval operation together with the relatives and neighbors of the said victim.

DOTC-PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena today warned PCG personnel nationwide against firing a gun during the New Year revelries.

In the directive issued today at the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC), Rear Admiral Isorena reminded all PCG districts, stations, substations, major and support unit personnel to strictly observe and adhere to the National Government's directive for uniform personnel against unlawful discharge of firearm and to use them only in the lawful performance of duty.

“The PCG is a professional organization and should continue to observe its commitment to the rule of law. Personnel who will violate the directive will be dealt with both criminal and administrative charges." Rear Admiral Isorena said.

 


Commodore Gilbert S Rueras PCG spearheaded the convening ceremony of the Coast Guard Officer's Course Class 14-2013 composed of 39 males and 7 females at the Headquarters Maritime Safety Services Command in Sangley Point, Cavite City today, 27 December 2013.

DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte continues searching for a 21-year old tourist who went missing at the Bangui Power Plant in the afternoon of Christmas.

According to a report received by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Curimaw from P/Insp Tabayan of PNP-Bangui, the victim Mark Ale went to Bangui Power Plant with his cousin to take pictures but was suddenly swept away by big waves.

Further reports revealed that Ale, a resident of Laguna Province, drifted to sea and was believed to have drowned and eventually went missing.

DOTC-PCG: The lifeless body of a fisherman in Tayabas Bay, Quezon was recovered by the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard on the same day when he reportedly fell overboard while fishing last Saturday, December 14.

The victim, identified as Felipe Caballes, accidentally fell overboard from his unregistered motorboat while conducting fishing activities around 5:45AM of the said day.

Upon receipt of said report from a certain Allan Parale, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dalahican immediately conducted search and rescue (SAR) operations onboard a hired motorboat.

Joint elements of Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessel (SARV) 002 and MV Asia Pacific successfully rescued 693 passengers of M/V Trans Asia 5 after it encountered engine trouble at the vicinity waters 14 nautical miles southeast of Siquijor Island yesterday, December 16, 2013 at 5 AM.

Reports reaching the Coast Guard Action Center in Manila revealed that on December 16 at 7:30 AM, a certain Mr Norman of Magnum Radio station reported to Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao that subject vessel was enroute to Port of Cebu from Cagayan de Oro City and was loaded with 677 passengers, 16 crew and 5 rolling cargoes onboard when her driving gear shaft suddenly broke out and subsequently went dead on the water.

Immediately, Coast guard coordinated with the owner of Trans Asia Shipping Lines Inc. for the conduct of towing operations to the distressed passenger vessel.