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PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Balatan successfully rescued four (4) crews and their boat captain onboard Fishing Banca "JNB-1" that went in distress at vicinity waters off Barangay Caorasan, Bula, Camarines Sur yesterday, 24 February.

PCG: 200 PCG personnel headed by Rear Admiral Rolando D Legaspi PCG, Commander of Coast Guard District National Capital Region - Central Luzon participated in various activities in commemoration of the 32nd Anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution such as Wreath-laying Ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, re-enactment of the historical “Salubungan” led by forces against the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 and free Medical and Dental missions at the People Power Monument in Quezon City along with other personnel from the military and local government units today, February 25.

PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Talicud have successfully conducted a medical evacuation to a certain Stephanie Hyacinth I. Gevila, a 32 year old resident of Mambago-A, Igacos, Davao Del Norte and tour organizer of Motor Banca “Joperson 5” who was suffering from difficulty in breathing at the Babusanta Beach Resort in Talicud Island, Davao Del Norte last Friday, February 23.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Mobile Team (CGMT) Malatapay/Apo Island successfully rescued and assisted three persons onboard an unidentified motor banca last February 23 at the vicinity waters of Siquijor and Apo Island, Dauin Negros Oriental.

Information received by the Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Siaton personnel that said motor banca encountered engine trouble causing her to be dead on water while on a fishing venture. Immediately, CGSS Siation personnel coordinated with CGMT Malatapay/Apo Island personnel for search and rescue operations. 

The SAR team successfully rescued the three persons onboard namely: Romel Gramatoca, 30 years old; Romeo Gramatica 28 y/o; and Martin Alegria, 48 y/o, all residents of Brgy. Masaplod Sur, Dauin, Negros Oriental. The said team also provided assistance in the towing operations of the motor banca. The rescued persons were in good physical condition while the towed motor banca was secured in the Apo Island.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Station Bataan apprehended 13 illegal fishers onboard three motorbancas engaged in illegal fishing using fine mesh nets or baby trawl in vicinity waters of Brgy Batangas II, Mariveles, Bataan last Sunday, February 18.

PCG: Personnel of Multi-Role Response Vessel-4402 (BRP Malabrigo) and Coast Guard Station Zamboanga responded to a distress call from M/V "Kudos" on pirate attacks of unidentified armed men, equipped with assorted high powered firearms onboard three motorbancas at vicinity 4.4 nautical miles South East off Sibago Island, Basilan yesterday, February 16.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Estancia rescued six fishermen from the capsized Fishing banca Ajekhim 08-01 at vicinity waters off Calebra Island, Batad, Iloilo last February 13, 2018.

PCG: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) inagurated the Philippine Coast Guard’s first Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS), which composed of VTMS Control Center and three Radar Stations strategically located at Headquarters Coast Guard District Central Visayas, Talisay, Bantalinao, and Interbridge to have full coverage of vessel movements and to prevent maritime traffic along Cebu-Mactan Channel in today’s Turn-Over Ceremony with DOTr Secretary Arthur Planta Tugade as the Guest of Honor and Speaker at Coast Guard District Central Visayas, Pier 3, Arellano Boulevard, Cebu City last Monday, February 12.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard has alerted its districts and stations in Vizayas, Northern Mindanao and Palawan to brace for the possible effects in maritime activities of the tropical depression expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility tonight.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Elson E Hermogino directed all PCG district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the weather disturbance to ensure the readiness of all assets and personnel to respond during emergency situations and to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for possible rescue and related activities.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Maitum still searches for a fisherman identified as Mr Regalado Gubaldo who went for a fishing venture at the vicinity waters off Kiambing, Maitum, Sarangani Province onboard an undocumented motor banca and failed to return home since 05 February until this date, according to reports from his wife, Mrs Jocelyn C Gubaldo.

The motor banca was recovered last February 06 at one nautical mile of Sitio Saub, Barangay Mabay, Sarangani Province however, without Mr Gubaldo. Subject motor banca was turned-over to the owner for safekeeping.

CGSS Maitum personnel advised all local fishermen and nearby coastal barangays to be on the lookout and report to the nearest PCG units for possible sightings of the said missing fisherman.

Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Araceli successfully rescued the skipper of a distressed unregistered motor banca powered by Yamamoto (7.5 HP) at the vicinity waters offBrgy. Dagman, Araceli, Palawan last Monday, February 5.

PCG: Joint elements of Coast Guard Station Northern Samar, Philippine National Police (PNP), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)- Catarman and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) seized undocumented forest products estimated to be amounting up to P54,200.00 in Pambujan, Northern Samar last Monday, February 05.

PCG: Three passengers of a motor banca “Habagat Romeo” are still missing while two were recovered dead when it capsized due to strong current and big waves at the vicinity waters off Tulang Point, Barangay Esperanza, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu yesterday, 06 February.

PCG: Deployable Response Team (DRT) from Coast Guard Sub-station Boracay conducted medical evacuation on a wounded American national onboard yacht “Chel Sea” identified to be Mr. Greg Ropper at vicinity waters off Boracay Island, Malay Aklan last Sunday, February 04.

At 10:00 am yesterday, watchful eye of PCG crew onboard MCS 3009 spotted cluster of pump boat along the Coast of Tictauan Island, suspecting illegal use of explosive, said vessel immediately veered towards their direction resulting to abrupt dispersal of their boats. Ocular inspection of the site revealed voluminous dead anchovy or “dilis” scattered in the bottom due to the impact of explosion.  

At around 11:30 that morning, MCS 3009 together with 2 members of BFAR-IX caught an 8.27 GT F/B Yolanda in actual fishing using modified Danish Seine or “Hulbot-Hulbot”in the municipal waters of said city. Arrested were boat captain Rogelio A. Mareos along with 13 unlicensed crew members onboard.

The apprehended vessel was escorted to impounding area in Sangali as they will be charged with violation under section 86, 97 and 121 of R.A. 10654.

PCG: The China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) held the Second Organizational Meeting and the Inaugural Meeting of Joint Coast Guard Committee (JCGC) on 20-22 February 2017 in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The meeting was convened to implement the Memorandum of Understanding between the China Coast Guard and Philippine Coast Guard on the establishment of a Joint Coast Guard Committee on maritime cooperation, which was signed on 20th October 2016 witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

PCG: A total of 48 PCG aspiring officers and 101 trainees successfully graduated today during their commencement exercise at Coast Guard Non-Officers' Basic Education and Training Center in Taguig City.

PCG: A fast craft of Supercat 2Go “MV Braquel” accidentally collided to a San Miguel barge at the vicinity waters of Mactan Channel, Cebu at 10:21PM yesterday, February 18. 

The personnel of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) vessel 3009 recovered a floating sea turtle or locally known as “pawikan” at the vicinity of Lake Wharf Baliwasan, Zamboanga City today, February 17.

PCG: Two fishermen are the subject of search and rescue by the elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Subic who were reported missing in two separate incidents at the vicinity waters of Zambales last February 13 and 14.

One fisherman identified as Mr Hernando A Mendoza was reported missing by his wife, Mrs Mary A Mendoza to CGS Subic. Mr Mendoza onboard Fbca “Princess” departed Brgy San Agustin, Iba, Zambales around 4PM on February 13 for a fishing venture at the vicinity 10 NM West of Iba, however, failed to return home the following day.

Personnel of Coast Guard in Masinloc scoured the vicinity but terminated its operations due to inclement weather and intends to continue its search if weather permits.

PCG: Eight crew onboard Mbca "Poseidon" were successfully rescued by a passing foreign cargo vessel, MV Oriental Xanadu while transiting at the vicinity waters Southwest of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro today, February 16.

Said motor banca incurred serious damage to her propeller shaft and outrigger after she was battered by big waves and strong winds while transiting at the vicinity waters North of Lubang Island last February 15.

The distressed motor banca with eight (8) crew onboard were identified as follows: Felix Cusi (43 y.o.), Servinio Dela Cruz Jr (32 y.o.), Garry Cusi (23 y.o.), Reynaldo Pantoja (43 y.o.), all residents of Puerto Galera; Joemary Burias (34 y.o.), a resident of Quezon City; and Mark Butch A Jumarang (32 y.o.), Edwin R Lucero (36 y.o.), and Christopher James A Argavante (19 y.o.), all residents of Santa Maria, Talisay, Batangas.

PCG: Search operation continues for a male passenger of M/V April Rose who jumped overboard the vessel last February 12 at the vicinity between Fortune Island and Calatagan, Batangas City.

The passenger was identified as a certain Mr. Norman Canto, 33 years old. 

Accordingly, Canto has a mental disability based on the statement the victim’s sister Ms. Shirley Canto and his brother Anaclito Canto.

Canto jumped overboard the vessel while underway at vicinity 6 nautical miles between Fortune Island and Calatagan, Batangas.

Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iligan continues its search for four missing fishermen onboard Mbca “Engka” at vicinity waters of Initao, Misamis Oriental last February 14.

The incident was reported by Mrs Susana Pakanot, Staff of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office (PDRRMO) at 12:05PM of the same date.

The missing fishermen were identified as Mr. Reno Suarez, 35 years old; Mr. Marvin Veligas, 25 years old; Mr. Rezan Jaudian, 29 years old; Mr. John Remark Wabe; and 16 years old, all residents of Brgy Poblacion, Purol 11, Initao, Misamis Orriental.

Investigation revealed that said missing fishermen went on fishing venture last February 13 but failed to return home since.

Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Hinigaran conducted a search and rescue operations for two fishermen onboard F/B Ramil who went missing at vicinity waters of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental and Cagayancillo, Palawan last February 14.

The two fishermen were identified as Jezrel Valencia, 32 years old and Dolatoy Sumde, 27 years old, both residents of Barangay-1, Sipalay City.

The incident was reported by a certain Mr Nanie Montenegro, a local resident of said barangay.

Investigation revealed that F/B Ramil departed Sipalay City, for fishing venture at Cagayancillo, Palawan last February 8, but failed to return on the expected date.

Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) together with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Marine Environmental Protection, CG-9  led by Captain Edgar L Ybañez PCG, Director, NOCOP, with Lieutenant Commander Lazaro Ernesto C Valdez Jr PCG, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for MEP, CG-9 and Lieutenant Junior Grade Berni Ann R Gimeno PCG, Operations Officer, DCS for MEP, CG-9 conducted a Public Consultation on draft Marine Environmental Protection Rules and Regulations of the Philippines (MEPRRP) at Hotel Pier Cuatro in Cebu City on 06 February. 

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard  Officer-in-Charge, Commodore Joel S Garcia PCG, Ph.D., H.D., Al-Haj had led in the welcoming of 65 students and nine (9) members of the faculty of Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Class 52 at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in Manila today, February 3.

The Deputy Commander of United States Coast Guard (USCG) Pacific Area (PACAREA), REAR ADMIRAL PAT DEQUATTRO , together with LCDR JOSHUA EMPEN USCG will pay a courtesy call to COMMO JOEL S GARCIA PhD, H.D., Al-haj.,Officer-In-Charge, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on February 3 at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in Manila.

The highlight of the visit is the discussion of the invitation of the US Coast Guard to the Philippine Coast Guard Public Affairs for a Subject Matter Expert Exchange Visit in Alameda, California, wherein the USCG will introduce to the PCG the current trends of public affairs and social media policies, the roles and responsibilities of USCGPAOs and Specialists at the strategic, operational and tactical level. 

Other potential areas where USCG may enhance cooperation with the PCG will also be discussed to further strengthen the relationship of both Coast Guards.

PCG: Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Kiamba is still on search for the one (1) missing crew of F/B “Oyet 7” who allegedly fell overboard at vicinity waters 122 nautical miles off Kiamba, Sarangani Province last January 29.

The incident was reported by Mrs. Nelia M Figueras, Liason of Julemfi Fishing to CGSS Kiamba.

The missing crew was identified as a certain Reynaldo Combes, 38 yrs old, a resident of Brgy Lun Padidu, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

During an inquiry, Captain Jovane Bacaltos, skipper of F/B “Oyet 7” disclosed that they have noticed that Combes was missing since breakfast.

PCG: The cadaver of the missing local tourist who reportedly went missing after getting drowned at the vicinity waters of Aliya Surf Camp and Resort in Brgy Sabang, Baler, Aurora was recovered by the Coast Guard personnel on January 31.

Reports revealed that the victim identified as Mr Alvin Fernandez, 26 years old and a resident of Brgy San Joaquin, Pasig City decided to swim together with his companion, Mr Jedy Canales while under the influence of alcohol last January 29. Due to unpredictable sea condition in the area, the two were swept away which caused Fernandez to drown and subsequently went missing.

Immediately, Coast Guard personnel in Aurora, Baler and Casiguran together with the trainees of Wesleyan University Philippines conducted foot patrol and  search and retrieval operations to Fernandez. 

M/V Lady Aimme capsized and went half submerged at vicinity waters approximately one (1) nautical mile from the shoreline of Gumaca, Quezon while enroute to Quezon, Quezon at 3:45pm today, February 26.

Initial reports from Coast Guard Sub-Station Gumaca disclosed that M/V Lady Aimme departed Gumaca Port at 3:30pm.

At 3:45pm, CGSS Gumaca received a report that subject motorbanca capsized.

At 4:00pm, the Coast Guard dispatched a SAR team to conduct a search and rescue operations to all the persons onboard the distressed motorbanca.

Three (3) casualties identified as female elderlies were retrieved by the SAR team.

A motorbanca John Kevin accidentally capsized at vicinity waters off Sipocot, Camarines Sur after she was battered by big waves while enroute to Brgy. San Vicente from Brgy. Manga, Sipocot, Camarines Sur on February 24 at 7:30pm.

F/INSP RAMON GREGORIO BFP of PNP Camsur reported the incident to CGS Camarines Sur at 8:20pm of the same day.

Said vessel was carrying 21 passengers and 1 crew onboard composed of a political party headed by Congressman Rolando Andaya Jr. and a medical team who were supposed to conduct medical mission in Brgy. San Vicente, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

CGS Camarines Sur and CGSS Pasacao immediately coordinated with LGU of Sipocot and dispatched a SAR team composed of CGSS Camaligan personnel onboard a fiber boat to the area of incident to conduct search and rescue operation to the distressed passengers.

20 passengers were reportedly rescued, one (1) casualty while another one is still missing from the said capsizing incident.

The rescued victims were brought to Municipal Health Office of Sipocot for medical examination and were subsequently sent home to their respective families.

PCG: Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Candon personnel recovered the lifeless body of a 17-year old boy who drowned while swimming with his friend in Daridap North River Sanctuary in Ilocos Sur last Saturday, February 20. 

The victim was later identified as Alvin Galimba. 

According to a certain Leslie Galoso, Alvin and his friend were swimming at the river at around 3:00 pm when they have decided to cross the river. It was then that Alvin sunk out of sight.

A search and rescue operation was immediately launched by the Coast Guard which resulted to the retrieval of the victim's body. His remains were properly turned-over to the Philippine National Police-Candon for proper disposition.

PCG: Two fishermen who went missing in Ilocos Sur after going out on a fishing venture were found and rescued by local fisher folks last February 18.

Reports revealed that Rogelio Ancheta and John Kevin Tisbe, went fishing at vicinity waters 30 nautical miles West of Cabugao last February 17 onboard M/Bca Six Roses but failed to return on the same date.

A certain Mr Michael Raquedan, relative of the victims, called Coast Guard Station Salomague and reported that the missing fishermen were already found by the local fishing folks at 30 nautical miles away from the shoreline of Barangay Daklapan Sur, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

The victims were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for further medical assessment and were later sent home to their respective families.

PCG: A 43-year old fisherman and his son remained missing in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur three days after they left Barangay Daklapan Sur for a fishing venture.

Rogelio Ancheta and his 21 year old son, John Kevin Tisbe, went fishing 20 nautical miles West of Cabugao last February 17 aboard M/Bca Six Roses but failed to return on the same date.

Upon receipt of information, the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Salomague immediately conducted search and rescue (SAR) operations for Ancheta and Tisbe and scoured the waters of Cabugao, Sinait, Ilocos Sur and Bacod, Ilocos Norte.

The team terminated the SAR operations due to strong waves and unfavorable sea condition in the area. The team also advised all fishing boats and motor bancas transiting in the area to be on the lookout on the said missing fishermen and render necessary assistance and report to the nearest PCG unit if sighted.

Partial list of qualified applicants who took the PCGABT last November and December 2015:

http://coastguard.gov.ph/images/PCG_2016_Files/CG1/PARTIAL_LIST_PCGABT_PASSERS_opt.pdf

Please be informed that all applicants who took the exam in the area shall report to the respective Coast Guard Districts for the recruitment process.

All Manila applicants may proceed at O/CG-1 in HPCG, Port Area Manila for further instructions. Tentative schedule of PFT is on March 7, 2016, 5:00 am at Quirino Grand Stand. Flow of the recruitment process is posted on the Facebook Page of Recruitment Branch. For inquiries you may call or text at 09982886042 or 09163243012.

PCG. A Motor Vessel Lady Mary Joy 1, with 38 crew and 307 passengers onboard ran aground at vicinity waters off Tampat Point, Bongao yesterday, February 18.

Investigation revealed that MV Lady Mary Joy 1 of 671.15 Gross Tonnage departed Zamboanga City bound to Bongao on Feb 18 and accidentally aground at the vicinity waters of Tampat Point at 7:30PM. 

Immediately, personnel of Coast Guard Station Bongao together with PNP Maritime Group and Philippine Navy conducted search and rescue operations onboard aluminum boat AB-268 and PG-28. 

All passengers and crew were safely rescued and transported to the nearby shoreline. PCG also advised the captain of the motor vessel to file a marine protest relative to the incident.

PCG. Three persons onboard Mbca Nature’s Eye were reported missing since February 16 at vicinity waters of Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

Reports revealed that a certain Mr Amnacio came to Coast Guard Sub-Station Jordan on February 18 at 4PM and reported that motor banca Nature’s Eye departed Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras with (3) three persons namely:

Albert S Cayanan 27 y/o Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Feleciano Q Bacunawa 29 y/o Samar
Arfel T Paat 27 y/o Villa Carolina II, Muntinlupa City

Said motor banca was headed towards Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras to fetch their co-workers. However, said motor banca failed to reach its destination. 

Personnel of CGSS Jordan conducted search and rescue operations to the said missing persons. PCG also coordinated to all vessels and motor banca plying to the area and to be on the look-out for the said missing victims and to report to the nearest Coast Guard unit, if sighted.

Three fishermen onboard an unnamed motorbanca failed to return home since they went out on fishing venture at vicinity waters off Talisay Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on February 15.

A certain SPO2 Wlliam Betinol PNP of Hinatuan Police Station appeared to Coast Guard Station Bislig on February 13 at 9:00am and reported that three (3) of his relatives who were onboard a white-painted unnamed motorbanca went missing and were named as follows:

Name  Age Gender Status
Joy Betinol 46 years old Male Married
George Betinol 32 years old Male Married
Dodot Lozano 38 years old Male Married

Immediately, CGS Bislig advised all watercrafts transiting the above-mentioned vicinity to be on the look-out and take necessary action and render assistance if sighted and to report the same to nearest PCG Station/ Sub-Station.

PCG: One fisherman onboard Mbca “Amazing Grace” went missing while another one onboard his unnamed motorbanca managed to survive after they were battered by big waves and strong winds while on a fishing venture at vicinity waters of Sarangani province on February 17.

A certain Mr. Eldo Lumpid Salutan, Barangay Captain of Tagen, Sarangani, Davao Occidental reported the incident thru a cell phone call on February 17 at 12:30 pm.

Mr. Elizer Tiawin was able to swim to the nearest shoreline while Mr. Haron Nuňez, 40 years of age went missing.

PCG: Speedboat “Blue Bird 1” of 1.33 GT, owned by Bluebird Aqua Sports Incorporated and skippered by Winneth Magno Mallada, accidentally went half-submerged while she was anchored at approximately 100 meters away from the shoreline of Brgy Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan yesterday.

Accordingly, said speedboat was battered by big waves while at anchor causing it to take in seawater and subsequently go half-submerged.

Upon seeing the distressed vessel, Coast Guard Sub-Station Boracay personnel dispatched its Deployable Response Team (DRT) onboard a PCG rubber boat to render necessary rescue assistance.

The team assisted Speedboat “Stingray” in towing Speed boat “Blue Bird 1” and successfully brought her to the shoreline of Banguyan Beach in Brgy. Yapak, Boracay Island for proper disposition.

PCG. A passenger/cargo motor banca carrying 28 passengers onboard ran aground at vicinity waters approximately 800 meters Northwest off Cabugan Island, Roxas Palawan on February 12.

PCG: Mbca “Tata CC”, a passenger motor banca, went half-submerged after it caught fire onboard at vicinity waters 200 meters away from the shoreline off Sitio Tabon, Brgy  Bay-bay, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan last Thursday, February 11.

Initial investigation revealed that while Mbca “Tata CC” was transiting enroute to Boracay Island from Magic Island in Malay, Aklan at 4PM of the same day an ignition on her carburator occurred and directly hit the fuel tank which caused fire on the starboard hull. Subsequently, the motor banca took in seawater causing it to go half-submerged on the water. 

Immediately, personnel of Coast Guard Station Caticlan together with concerned citizens rendered assistance to the three passengers onboard and safely transported them to Boracay Island in good physical condition. CGS Caticlan also advised the operator of Mbca “Tata CC” to file a marine protest relative to the incident. 

PCG: Three went missing while one was retrieved dead after they were dragged by strong waves while swimming at vicinity waters of Barangay Pagdaraoan last Friday, February 5.

The incident was reported by a certain Ramil Rivera, a non-uniformed police of San Fernando, to the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Fernando.

The missing victims were identified as Mark Angelo Garcia, Aldrian Mordena and Lance Gacayan.

PCG. Traces of oil leakage were found and was immediately reported to Coast Guard Station Batangas while Chevron Corporation crew were conducting fuel loading operations to one of its time-chartered vessels M/T “Sunrise Sampaguita” at 5PM of February 2.

The said loading operations was immediately suspended when they noticed that oil was starting to leak and spread out on the water.

The crew hurriedly laid approximately 200 meters of oil spill boom, absorbent booms and pads at 5:25PM.

Out of the reported 100 liters of bunk fuel that was accidentally discharged during the operations, a total of 60 liters of spilled bunker fuel and 5 drums of oily water mixture were recovered from the sea and wharf platform.

Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral William Melad today issued a nationwide directive for all PCG personnel not to engage in any partisan political activities in relation to the upcoming national elections in May this year. 

In the said directive, Admiral Melad reminded all personnel to remain apolitical, maintain professionalism and perform only duties that are clearly provided by laws and regulations, free from any political influence. He said that all units commanders are tasked to strictly ensure that all Coast Guard assets such as vessels, small crafts, aircrafts, land vehicles and equipment shall be deployed and utilized for official functions only and shall never be used to favor or support any candidate. He added that this include campaign related activities like transport, posting of materials and paraphernalia.

Rear Admiral Melad disclosed that the directive also mandates the unit commanders to closely monitor movement and deployment of personnel and assets which at any instance should be covered by appropriate orders. They are also encouraged to consult and coordinate with the local COMELEC officials should any question arises in the course of the deployments. 

PCG: Passenger motor banca “Roshan” carrying five (5) Chinese nationals allegedly capsized while transiting at the vicinity waters of Sitio Tabon, Barangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan on January 31, 2016 at 11:30 am.

A certain Ms. Rosana Caadlawon reported the incident to Coast Guard Station Caticlan thru a phone call on January 31 at 12:10 pm.

Immediately, Deployable Response Team (DRT) proceeded to the area of incident  to verify the veracity of the report and to render necessary assistance. 

Upon arrival thereat, M/bca“Roshan”, with all the 5 foreign passengers, was already beached at the shoreline of Sitio Tabon.

The Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team opened the year with a back –to-back win at the “Sun Soaked 2016: Ilocos Sur Beach Fest,” hosted by Gov. Ronald V. Singson held at Cabugao Beach, Ilocos Sur last 30 January 2016.

The Sun Soaked Beach Fest is an annual event that includes Beach Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Dragon Boat racing.

This is the second time that Team PCG has competed in the event. Last year, Team PCG emerged the Champion with the Philippine Navy coming in second and Team Boracay All-Stars in the third place. This year, Team PCG successfully defended its championship title – and exceeded expectations by fielding not one, but two dragon boat teams to the event. The results are as follows:

PCG: Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumangas Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection Team recovered a cadaver at the vicinity waters of Dumangas Port, Iloilo last January 27. 

The victim was identified as John Rey Buenaflor, a resident of Barangay Tabugon, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

Reports revealed that Buenaflor was sitting beside his father and a relative when he suddenly jumped overboard the LCT Holy Family Navistar. 

His body was recovered at around 5:50 pm and was brought to Dumangas Memorial Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

In connection with the celebration of its 32nd Founding Anniversary on 03 February 2016, Coast Guard District Northwestern Luzon spearheaded by its District Commander CAPT LEOVIGILDO F PANOPIO PCG will conduct a month-long activities until February 18.

Coast Guard Sub-Station Pagudpud successfully retrieved a floating cadaver from the shoreline of Sitio Cadaanan, Barangay Pacian, Pagudpud, Ilocoas Norte last Friday, January 29.

Investigation revealed that a certain Mr. Joseph Agcaolli, President of Fishermen Association reported the incident to CGSS Pagudpud.

Upon confirmation of the reported information, CGSS Pagudpud together with the barangay officials of Pancian, conducted search and retrieval operations and found the cadaver at the shoreline of Sitio Cadaanan.

The cadaver retrieved was male, wearing black short pants with the word “Joey Boy”, tattooed on his left hand, and is around 35 to 37 years old and 5’9 in height.

PCG. 57 passengers onboard Motor Banca “Lucky Seagul” were successfully rescued by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Mabini in Batangas on January 29 after she encountered engine trouble at vicinity waters approximately 400 meters away from Port of Anilao.

Investigation revealed that a certain Mr Bayani Reyes, skipper of Mbca Island Express reported the said incident to CGSS Mabini. 

Immediately, personnel of CGSS Mabini together with concerned citizens conducted rescue operations to the distressed motorbanca. All of the passengers were successfully rescued in good physical condition and were later brought to Anilao Port. Mbca Lucky Seagul was also towed to Anilao Port.

Personnel of CGSS Mabini also advised the boat captain to file a Marine Protest in relative to said incident. 

PCG: A grounded motor tug was extracted yesterday by the Coast Guard in the shallow waters of Parola Wharf, Iloilo.

The grounding incident involving Motor Tug PSC Matatag occurred in the morning of February 23 as it was bound for Muelle Loney Pier in Iloilo for emergency docking and re-fueling. 

Inquiry conducted by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo with Capt. Edgardo Benolirao revealed that the vessel was drifted by strong current towards the shallow portion of Iloilo river. 

PCG. A total of 47 passengers, 12 of whom are minors, were successfully rescued by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Infanta, Quezon last Saturday, February 21.

The stranded passengers were onboard M/B Merry Grace when it encountered engine trouble while underway to Barangay Anawam, Polillo, Quezon.

Reports revealed that the boat's engine shut down at around 8:00AM due to an oil leak in its injection pump.

PCG: Coast Guard personnel of BFAR vessel MCS-3003 successfully rescued a crew of a fishing motor banca after he was shot at Market 4, Fish Port Complex in General Santos City last Monday.

The crew of Mbca Marcheal 05, identified as Danilo Jañola, 47 years old, a resident of Purok Crisostomo, Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City was shot at his back by a suspected gunman at midnight of 16 February.

Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Fishport received a report regarding the incident from a certain Virgilio Daloglog, assistant boat captain, and revealed that their vessel was suddenly fired at when they came across the boat of the unidentified suspect.

The Coast Guard Station Batangas headed by the Station Commander, CAPTAIN GREGORIO I ADEL JR PCG (DSC) together with representative from PGENRO Mr Jose Aguila, EMS II and  Mrs Menchu Ditas S Bochsler EMS II apprehended/confiscated illegal transport of Seven Hundred Forty Seven (747) sacks of pebbles amounting to more or less Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (PHP 500,000.00) concealed in a twelve (12) wheeler truck with temporary plate number 038606 of WM Trucking owned by Wilard Marin Robis with business address at Sugod Cajidiocan Romblon.

The Coast Guard Station Batangas headed by the Station Commander, CAPTAIN GREGORIO I ADEL JR PCG (DSC) together with representative from PGENRO MrJose Aguila, EMS II and  Mrs Menchu Ditas S Bochsler EMS II apprehended/confiscated illegal transport of Seven Hundred Forty Seven (747) sacks of pebbles amounting to more or less Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (PHP 500,000.00) concealed in a twelve (12) wheeler truck with temporary plate number 038606 of WM Trucking owned by Wilard Marin Robis with business address at Sugod Cajidiocan Romblon.

PCG: 20 passengers were brought to safety by the Philippine Coast Guard after a motor banca encountered engine trouble at two nautical miles east of Barangay Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon last Sunday, 15 February.

Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Northern Quezon received a call from Mr Abelardo T Salgo, owner of MB Syvel 04, informing that his boat encountered engine trouble.

CGSS Northern Quezon immediately conducted towing operations and safely arrived at Dinahican Port with all its passengers and crew in good physical condition.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Taganak and local police intercepted two female passengers of ML Fatima Raiza who were suspected as victims of human trafficking last Saturday, February 14.

The team conducted joint boarding inspection on ML Fatima Raiza that departed PMI Wharf, Zamboanga City enroute to Taganak and was skippered by Abdulhair Sayad.

The Coast Guard and local police noticed two female passengers who believed to be victims of human trafficking, and were identified as Minerva Claire G Villanueva, 26 years old from Tarlac and Joselyn M. Mallom, 27 years old from Sampaloc, Manila.

PCG Deputy Commandant Rear Admiral William M Melad assumed as acting Commander of the Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) in a turn-over ceremony held at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard today, February 16. Meanwhile, the Chief of Coast Guard Staff Captain Oscar C Endona Jr led the turn-over ceremony of the Office of Coast Guard Plans, Programs and International Affairs (CG-5) with Captain Joeven L Fabul designated CG-5 in acting capacity. 

PCG: Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Sarangani Province continues searching for a 35-year old fisherman who went missing last Wednesday, February 11, at the vicinity waters off Lun Padidu, Malapatan.

PCG: 18 crew members, including the ship captain, were arrested by authorities in Iloilo after it was discovered that they were pilfering fuel from their own ship. 

Capt. Ruvy C. Cajilig and his crew were reportedly onboard MV Alal Capricorn-3 bound for Mandaue, Cebu when they encountered steering casualty last February 9 and dropped anchor 500 yards off Guiwanon Island.

Two days later, the Nueva Valencia Bantay Dagat spotted the ship's crew transferring 25 plastic containers (20 liters per container) of fuel to motor banca Doydoy.

PCG: Five drug dealers in La Union were busted by the composite team of Coast Guard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) last Tuesday, February 10.

The PCG K-9 and Special Operations Unit of the Northwestern Luzon (SOU-NWLZN) joined PDEA Region 1 and PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion Region 1 in serving the warrant of arrest to suspected drug dealers in Barangay San Nicolas West Agoo, La Union.

A search warrant was likewise issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 31.

PCG: Five fishermen in Palawan were apprehended by the Coast Guard for conducting illegal fishing activities at the vicinity waters of Cagbucao Island last Saturday, February 07.

One of the arrested fishermen, Orlando Canopin, 44, suddenly collapsed due to abnormal breathing while underway back to shore.

The Maritime Patrol (MARPAT) team composed of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Araceli and Bantay Dagat immediately changed route to nearby Paly Island and administered first aid to the fisherman. Upon gaining consciousness, he was properly turned-over to his relatives for medical check up.

PCG: Crew members of a distressed motor boat in Linapacan, Palawan were assisted to safety by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard last Saturday, February 07. 

Christopher Caballero, 34, and Genevieve Caballero, 38, were onboard motor banca "Prince  Jr" when it encountered engine trouble and went dead on water at approximately three nautical miles off the port of Barangay San Miguel, Linapacan, Palawan. 

A certain John Christian Caballero informed the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Linapacan of the said incident and requested for assistance. 

PCG: Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in San Fernando, La Union have successfully retrieved yesterday the cadaver of a drowned man in Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan.

The victim identified as Paul Tabao-ican was reportedly swimming with a companion when he was engulfed by strong currents last Saturday, February 07;.

The incident was reported by Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Rogelio Miedes, Officer-in-Charge of PNP San Juan, to the Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Juan.

PCG: Personnel from the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) recently conducted a Water Search and Rescue and Rubber Boat Operation & Maintenance (WASAR-RBOM) training to 48 PNP personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1) at Coast Guard District Northwestern Luzon (CGDNWLZN) in San Fernando City, Poro Point, La Union last 26-30 January.

PCG: The Coast Guard and local police in Mauban, Quezon have successfully retrieved an unidentified cadaver at the shoreline of Sitio Pinagbayanan last Tuesday, February 3.

Initial reports revealed that Mr Cristie Pasatiempo, Barangay Captain of Barangay Luya-Luya, Mauban and PO2 Rommel Sia of the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported to Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Mauban that a cadaver was discovered by a local resident at said vicinity.

PCG Deputy Commandant Rear Admiral William M Melad welcomed the faculty and students of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard on February 05.

PCG: No signs of oil spill were found from an aground cargo ship in Siete Picados, Guimaras yesterday, February 04.

MT King Andrew was loaded with 1,480.06 metric tons of cane molasses with 21 crew when it was drifted by strong winds and current southwest off the Light Station Siete Picados in Guimaras. 

Upon receipt of information from the ship master, the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo, Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumangas and Marine Environmental Protection Unit-Western Visayas (MEPU-WV) immediately proceeded to the area to investigate the agrounding incident.

PCG: A total of 35 boxes of cigarette products were confiscated by the joint team of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Tinago together with Naval Intelligence Security Group Central (NISGC) and Law Enforcement Team Cebu during its inspection at Cebu port last 31 January.

Said cargoes had an estimated value amounting to PhP 1,050,000.00.

Initial report revealed that personnel of CGSS Tinago received an information stating that more or less 50 boxes of undocumented tobacco products were unloaded from MV Span Asia at Pier 5, Berth Number 10, Port of Cebu.

PCG: A 20-year old man was recovered by the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Anibong 30 feet below a river in Palo, Leyte last Friday, January 30. 

The victim, Christian Hilaga, reportedly took a swim in a river beside the junk shop where he was working, when he was swept away by strong current towards the deeper portion of the river.

PCG: A total of 82 passengers onboard a distressed motor boat in Surigao del Norte were successfully rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Initial investigation revealed that M/Bca Amelia II encountered inclement weather while enroute to Dinagat Island around 1:15 PM last Tuesday, February 25. As the boat began to take on water and further encountered engine trouble, its skipper Jimmy Estobo strived to evacuate his passengers to the nearest shore of Barangay Panumbuyon in Hidkop Island.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Letter from Mr. Roberto R Del Rosario Agency Manager of Royal Cargo Combine Logistics, Inc. dated February 24, 2014.

2. Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX) is scheduled to conduct their Malampaya Phase3 (MP3) Seabed Preparation utilizing BOSKALIS’ Construction Support Vessel NDEAVOR (CSV NDeavor) starting around the first week of March 2014 and for around 7 weeks, sea and weather permitting.

3. Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued MARINA Special Permit with number DSO-005-2014 in favor of CSV Ndeavor for the period of 26 February – 25 April 2014. CSV NDeavor will transport rocks from Batangas Port and will be used in providing construction support in seabed preparations including the rock laying and installation within Malampaya Shallow Water Platform (SWP) at offshore Northwest Palawan under Service Contract No. 38 (SC-38) with the Department of Energy (DOE).

4. Coordinates of Work Location.

Way Point Coordinates

0 13 degs 45.31 mins North 121 degs 02.35 mins East

1 13 degs 44.97 mins North 121 degs 02.33 mins East

2 13 degs 44.40 mins North 121 degs 01.27 mins East

3 13 degs 42.67 mins North 120 degs 59.42 mins East

4 13 degs 37.20 mins North 120 degs 59.42 mins East

5 13 degs 36.30 mins North 120 degs 58.72 mins East

6 13 degs 34.01 mins North 120 degs 21.46 mins East

7 13 degs 26.77 mins North 120 degs 08.46 mins East

8 11 degs 53.84 mins North 118 degs 59.55 mins East

9 11 degs 46.91 mins North 118 degs 59.56 mins East

10 11 degs 30.79 mins North 119 degs 06.00 mins East

5. Restricted ability to maneuver.

Once vessel has arrived at the job site, the below light configuration will be displayed on the mast, in vertical display.

Day Lights Night Lights

Black Circle Red Circle

Black Diamond White Circle

Black Circle Red Circle

6. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information, keep clear at least 500 meters from coordinates mentioned and take necessary precautionary measures.

7. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog Monthly Light Station Status Report as of January 2014 and Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas Monthly Light Station Status Report as of January 2014.

2. LS Cauit/LS Azagra located at Azagra, San Fernando, Romblon or at Latitude 12 degs 16 mins 08 secs North, Longitude 122 degs 37 mins 55 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING WHITE EVERY FIVE (5) SECS.

3. LS Calabago Point located at Calabago, Romblon, Romblon or at Latitude 12 degs 23 mins 10 secs North, Longitude 122 degs 18 mins 18 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING WHITE EVERY SEVEN (7) SECS.

4. LS Macaleon located at Macalelon, Quezon or at Latitude 13 degs 44 mins 57 secs North, Longitude 122 degs 07 mins 57 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING RED EVERY FOUR (4) SECS.

5. LS Malajibomanoc located at Mamburao, Mindoro Occidentalor at Latitude 13 degs 37 mins 40 secs North, Longitude 120 degs 31 mins 30 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING THREE (3) WHITE EVERY FIFTEEN (15) SECS.

6. LS Tubili Point located at Batangas City or at Latitude 13 degs 13 mins 44 secs North, Longitude 120 degs 57 mins 51 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING FOUR (4) WHITE EVERY TWENTY (20) SECS.

7. LS Batangas located at Batangas City or at Latitude 13 degs 45 mins 30 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 02 mins 30 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

8. LS Bongabong located at Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro or at Latitude 12 degs 44 mins 53 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 29 mins 22 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

9. LS Bon-Bon located at Panukulan, Quezon or at Latitude 15 degs 01 mins 45 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 52 mins 02 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

10. LS Gasan located at Gasan, Marinduque or at Latitude 13 degs 19 mins 37 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 50 mins 38 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

11. LS Looc located at Looc, Romblon or at Latitude 12 degs 14 mins 48 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 58 mins 54 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

12. LS Matuko Point located at Batangas City or at Latitude 13 degs 38 mins 30 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 05 mins 06 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

13. LS Pisngi located at Pisngi, Lucene City or at Latitude 13 degs 53 mins 46 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 36 mins 00 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

14. LS Pitogo located at Pitogo, Quezon or at Latitude 13 degs 47 mins 00 secs North, Longitude 122 degs 05 mins 15 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

15. LS Silangan Pass located at Alabat, Quezon or at Latitude 13 degs 59 mins 54 secs North, Longitude 122 degs 10 mins 55 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

16. LS Sto Niño located at Sto Niño, Western Samar or at Latitude 11 degs 53 mins 30 secs North, Longitude 124 degs 27 mins 53 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014

17. LS Tacloban located at Tacloban City or at Latitude 11 degs 15 mins 10 secs North, Longitude 125 degs 00 mins 12 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

18. LS Tawig located at Sitio Tawig, Barangay Geron, Perez, Quezon or at Latitude 14 degs 11 mins 18 secs North, Longitude 121 degs 54 mins 36 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 2014.

19. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

20. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: HPCG/CG-12 Training Directive Number 01-14.

2. The Philippine Coast Guard will host the PCG-JICA Integrated Sea-Borne Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Training Exercise from February 25 to 27 2014. Part of the activity is the actual sea exercise around Manila Bay on 27 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. February 2014.

3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

4. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Coast Guard District Bicol Radio Message Cite CGDBCL3-0214-070.

2. Above reference, pertains to the simulation exercise on Plane Crash at Sea that will be jointly participated by PCG, OCD 5, BFP, Red Cross and various government agencies scheduled on 25 February 2014 at vicinity waters off Albay Gulf, Legazpi City and bounded by the following coordinates:

Point A Latitude 13 degs 08.70 mins North Longitude 123 degs 45.74 mins East

Point B Latitude 13 degs 08.73 mins North Longitude 123 degs 46.23 mins East

Point C Latitude 13 degs 08.42 mins North Longitude 123 degs 46.38 mins East

Point D Latitude 13 degs 08.34 mins North Longitude 123 degs 45.74 mins East

3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

4. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0214-059

2. Due to unfavorable sea and bad weather condition test firing of PS20 on 05 February 2014 and PG371 on 29 November 2013 were re-schedule on 23 February 2014 and 27 February 2014 at vicinity 20 NM Southwest off Balut Island, Sarangani Province and 10 NM West off Malimono, Agusan Del Norte or Bounded by the following coordinates:

A) PS20

Point A Latitude 05 degs 23.00 mins North Longitude 125 degs 00.00 mins East

Point B Latitude 05 degs 15.00 mins North Longitude 125 degs 00.00 mins East

Point C Latitude 05 degs 15.00 mins North Longitude 124 degs 50.00 mins East

Point D Latitude 05 degs 23.00 mins North Longitude 124 degs 50.00 mins East

B) PG371


Point A Latitude 09 degs 24.00 mins North Longitude 125 degs 14.18 mins East

Point B Latitude 09 degs 39.13 mins North Longitude 125 degs 14.49 mins East

Point C Latitude 09 degs 38.56 mins North Longitude 124 degs 04.32 mins East

Point D Latitude 09 degs 29.05 mins North Longitude 124 degs 04.43 mins East


3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

4. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao Monthly Light Station Status Report as of January 2014; Coast Guard District Palawan Radio Message Cite D8-0214-005 and Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao Radio Message Cite NM3-0114-102.

2. LS Nasipit Old located at Nasipit, Butuan City or at Latitude 08 degs 59 mins 04 secs North, Longitude 125 degs 19 mins 45 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING WHITE EVERY FIVE (5) SECS.

3. LS Soccoro located at Soccoro, Surigao Del Norte or at Latitude 09 degs 37 mins 10 secs North, Longitude 125 degs 58 mins 00 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING WHITE EVERY FIVE (5) SECS.

4. LS Bantac located at Coron, Palawan or at Latitude 12 degs 12 mins 45 secs North, Longitude 120 degs 23 mins 25 secs East RESTORED TO NORMAL OPERATION since January 31, 2014 with light characteristics FLASHING THREE (3) WHITE EVERY TEN (10) SECS.

5. LS Plaridel located at Plaridel, Misamis Occidental or at Latitude 08 degs 36 mins 43 secs North, Longitude 123 degs 43 mins 38 secs East REPORTED NOT OPERATING since January 24, 2014.

6. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

7. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.

 CPCG, VADM Isorena with Japan Coast Guard personnel during their visit for Integrated Maritime Seaborne Law Enforcement training exercise.

Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena welcomes Japan Coast Guard officers at the headquarters, PCG, Manila this morning. PCG and JCG personnel are holding a three day training exercise on Integrated Maritime Seaborne Law Enforcement at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila, from February 25 to 27, 2014.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard District Palawan medical team has successfully transferred the ailing captain of MV Magnavia to SARV-3503 when it was paralyzed by stroke last Saturday, February 22.

Reports revealed that Capt. Ruben Delos Reyes suffered from stroke while the said ship was traversing the waters 16NM south east of Panagtaran Point, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

DOTC-PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) CCP has successfully conducted a series of activities with the representatives of local government of Manila, Makati and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).

The first in the string of activities was conducted with K-9 personnel in assistance to the launching of Sea Fair 2014, the biggest yacht and marine lifestyle exposition as organized by Counselor Don Jose Bagatsing, Committee Chairman on Tourism of the City of Manila.

CAPTPUNZALAN

The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI) bestowed the Cavalier Award for Outstanding Performance in Coast Guard Operations to PCG National Capital Region – Central Luzon Deputy Commander CAPTAIN ROLANDO LIZOR N PUNZALAN JR during the traditional PMA Homecoming held at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City last Saturday, 15 February 2014.

This pertains to the schedule of Physical Fitness Test to applicants who passed the PCGABT last November and December 2013:

DISTRICT  SCHEDULE OF PFT  ASSEMBLY TIME  VENUE 
MANILA FEBRUARY 17, 18 and 19, 2014 0430H  PICC, COASTGUARD SUBSTATION MANILA 
  FEBRUARY 20, 2014  0500H  QUIRINO GRAND STAND 
CGDCV  TO BE ANNOUNCE LATER     
CGDBCL  FEBRUARY 19, 20 and 21, 2014  0500H  LEGAZPI BLVD., LEGAZPI CITY 
CGDPAL  FEBRUARY 21 and 22, 2014  0500H  RAMON V MITRA SPORTS COMPLEX BRGY. TINIGUIBAN, PUERTO PRINSESA CITY, PALAWAN 

DOTC-PCG: Elements of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Donsol were still searching for a fisherman in Donsol, Sorsogon who went missing since Friday, February 14.

The 23-year old victim identified as Richard Fernandez reportedly went on a fishing venture with Florante Florano at the vicinity waters of Donsol, Sorsogon and Ticao Straight on February 12.

DOTC-PCG: Joint elements of the Philippine Coast Guard, PNP Matnog and Philippine Army have apprehended four suspected members of acetylene gang in Port of Matnog last Tuesday, February 11.

An intelligence report received by the Coast Guard revealed that a group of suspected members of acetylene gang were onboard a ferry boat at the vicinity of Matnog Port.

PCG: Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard in Tawi-Tawi rescued a would-be victim of human trafficking who was discovered onboard a motor launch with no pertinent documents.

Laira Q. Mancabong, 17 years old, was rescued by the Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection (VSEI) Team and the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mapun during a boarding inspection on ML Asbi which was docked at Port Mapun last Sunday, February 9.

DOTC-PCG: A total of 82 passengers from a distressed vessel were placed to safety due to the quick response and assistance of the Philippine Coast Guard and three others ships in Monreal, Masbate yesterday, February 10.

The passengers were onboard MV Odyssey and were bound for Pilar, Sorsogon when it encountered engine trouble while transiting the vicinity waters of Tuguron, Monreal.

DOTC-PCG: The personnel of two Coast Guard Stations have successfully rendered assistance to motor boats on separate incidents in Infanta, Quezon and Pandan Island over the weekend.

The first incident involved M/Bca Syvel-7 which encountered engine malfunction 3NM north of Balute Island, Real, Quezon and Brgy. Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon.

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena and Mrs Tess Isorena together with Mrs Michelle Dalangin and Mrs Gemma Dela Cruz lead the blessings of the new Coast Guard Intelligence Force (CGIF) building this morning, February 10, 2014. Vice Admiral Isorena also presided the convening of Technical Intelligence Skills Training and Case Operations Skills Training at Farola Base Compound.

The Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team (PCGDBT) once again showed its fighting form during the recently concluded PDBF-Cobra Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Race 2014 held yesterday, 09 February at the Manila Bay. Yesterday’s event brought together 17 club teams under the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) seeking for supremacy. Submitting complete entries in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed 300 meter categories, the Coast Guard Team easily qualified in the elimination heats which propelled them to the semi-final and final heats that resulted to a First Place in Women’s 300m, Second Place in Men’s 300m and Second Place in Mixed 300m races earning their first three trophies for this year.

The PCGDBT will also participate in the 1st leg of the Annual PDBF-Cobra Dragon Boat Regatta on 02 March 2014.

DOTC-PCG: An endangered sea turtle, earlier trapped in a fisherman's net in Antique, was safely released at sea by the Coast Guard and representatives from the Municipal Environmental and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) as well as the Municipal Agriculture Office last Wednesday, February 5.

The female green sea turtle reportedly caught inside the fishing net of Keterio Orhada about 200 meters from the shoreline of Barangay Aras Asan, Sebaste, Antique.

DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Eastern Visayas have assisted three fishermen who drifted towards the shoreline after rough seas battered their boat off Hilongos.

Reports revealed that the three unnamed men were onboard a fishing boat that was battered by big waves and strong winds until it drifted towards the shoreline where they were found by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Hilongos.

CGSS Hilongos rendered necessary assistance to the said fishermen before they were brought to the office of the Municipal Risk Reduction Management Council (MRRMC) of Hilongos.

DOTC-PCG: Commodore William M Melad, Commander of Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV) commends Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cebu for retrieving a cadaver that was trapped beneath the motorbanca which sunk at the vicinity waters of Barangay Eastern Poblacion, Poro, Camotes due to Tropical Depression Basyang last January 31.

Said station received information from a certain Mr. Faustino of Barangay Eastern Poblacion, Poro, Camotes, that M/Bca Ave Maria 5 with 10 officers and crew onboard capsized at the said vicinity.

CGS Cebu immediately proceeded to the area to conduct search and rescue operations as needed.

DOTC-PCG: Four Korean nationals and four Filipinos were rescued by passing fishermen after their motorbanca capsized while navigating between Danao and Camotes Island during the height of Tropical Storm Basyang.

The unnamed boat was reportedly rented by the Koreans last January 31 and departed Santiago, San Francisco, Camotes Island. While underway to Danao, the boat was battered by big waves caused by the inclement weather, thereby causing it to capsize.

The following day at around 11:30AM, a certain Calvin Tuadles, together with the Danao City Rescue Team, informed Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Danao that a fisherman identified as Ramil Sanchez rescued the three Koreans onboard said boat at the vicinity waters of Barangay Looc, Danao.

DOTC-PCG: A 27-year old male passenger remains missing after he jumped over a passenger/cargo vessel that was plying the vicinity waters of Carabao Island and Boracay Island yesterday, February 3.

The victim identified as Adonis P. Recio, 27 years old and a resident of Bago Bantay, Quezon City, was last seen by another passenger on the starboard side of the weather deck of MV Starlite Atlantic where he reportedly jumped overboard around 3:30AM.

The man overboard message was immediately relayed at the bridge of MV Starlite Atlantic where Capt. Sheila Picpican reported the incident to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Caticlan.

DOTC-PCG: Six passengers, one of whom is a minor, were successfully rescued by the elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo from a half-submerged motor boat in Bundulan Point, Jordan, Guimaras.

The incident was reported by the master of MV Maria Isabel through VHF radio to CGS Iloilo last Sunday, February 2. Accordingly, the ship was enroute from Lapuz Wharf, Iloilo to Cuyo, Palawan when it sighted a half-submerged motor banca at the vicinity waters of Bundulan Point, Jordan.

The personnel of CGS Iloilo immediately alerted Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Jordan and the Special Operation Unit-Western Visayas (SOUWV) to render necessary assistance to the unnamed motor boat.

 

PCG-SOG with UPIS students In Lobo Batangas

56 students of the University of the Philippines Integrated School undergo water search and rescue orientation training at Barangay Banato, Lobo, Batangas over the weekend. The training was part of the UPIS scouting program and facilitated by the Special Operations Group of the PCG.

PCG: COMMO ELSON E HERMOGINO PCG, Commander of Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog (CGDSTL), has recently lauded Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Polilio for rescuing two crew members of a capsized motor boat in Polilio, Quezon.

The operation last January 27 led to the successful rescue of Arong Kalingasan and Joseph Lucela, crew of M/Bca Resalyn.

PCG: COMMO ENRICO EFREN A EVANGELISTA PCG, Commander of Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL), acknowledged the efforts of the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Agutaya who safely escorted a damaged motorbanca with 10 persons onboard to Agutaya Pier last Friday, January 31.

M/Bca Princess Myka reportedly suffered cracks on both sides of its freeboard at the vicinity waters of Guinlabo Island while it was enroute to Agutaya, Palawan. Its captain, John A. Zabanal immediately decided to drop anchor and seal the cracks.

Upon learning of the incident, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Agutaya conducted a search and rescue (SAR) operations onboard a borrowed motor boat.

PCG: COMMO ENRICO EFREN A EVANGELISTA PCG, Commander of Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL), congratulates the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Coron for saving six passengers, four of whom are foreign tourists, from a distressed motor boat about a mile south east off CYC Beach in Coron, Palawan.

The incident was reported by a certain Francis Cueto to CGS Coron last January 31 that M/Bca Bunzo 3E, with seven crew and six passengers onboard, encountered engine trouble and was dead on water while plying between Port of Coron and El Nido, Palawan.

PCG: Coast Guard South Western Mindanao (CGDSWM) Commander, Commodore LEOPOLDO V LAROYA PCG recognized the successful joint operations of the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that led to the discovery and confiscation of prohibited shells in the Port of Zamboanga.

A total of 805 pieces of endangered helmet shells, locally known as budyong, were found by the personnel of CGS Zamboanga and BFAR Regional Office XI during a joint inspection onboard MV Magnolia Liliflora upon its arrival at the Zamboanga City Pier from Jolo, Sulu.

An inventory conducted confirmed that sacks and cartons contained an assortment of budyong and were concealed at the middle of each package.

DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard continues its search for a missing fisherman whose paraw was battered by rough seas and capsized between the vicinity waters of Gonzaga and Buguey, Cagayan around 6:00AM yesterday.

Initial report revealed that Coast Guard Station (CGS) Aparri received a call from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) personnel assigned in Sta Teresita, Cagayan that said a motor banca, with a certain Mr Taloza onboard, capsized.

According to investigation, JR Taloza, 26 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Caroan, Gonzaga, Cagayan, went fishing onboard a payaw around 5:00AM. While underway, his motorbanca was battered with big waves causing it to capsize.

DOTC-PCG: Fourteen fishermen were apprehended by the Coast Guard for illegal fishing along the coastal waters of Barangay Poblacion, Rapu-Rapu, Albay last Sunday, January 26.

Reports revealed that a certain Edgar Echalas, 46 years old of Purok 4, Barangay Poblacion, Rapu-Rapu, Albay informed Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Rapu-Rapu that four fishing banca “Kumpit” were conducting "woswos”, a strictly prohibited fishing method which drives fishes into a net.

The personnel of said sub-station headed by Seaman First Class (SN1) Ibatuan PCG, together with Barangay Tanod led by Serafin Ebrada, and the local police headed by SPO4 Jesus Espenilla PNP, inspected the four Kumpits and confiscated an active gear, rope and a net that were used to conduct woswos.

DOTC-PCG: The cadaver of Nova Paraiso, who was earlier reported missing along with Ricardo Paraiso, was already found and recovered by a resident of Barangay Sabang in Baler, Aurora last Monday, January 27.

Nova and Ricardo went missing last Sunday when their newly repaired boat was battered by big waves and was totally wrecked until it capsized.

While Supriano Paraiso, the operator of the said boat, was able to swim back to shore, Ricardo and Nova were not seen after the incident.

DOTC-PCG: An Indian crew member of a Bermuda-flagged cargo ship was medically evacuated by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Albay around 12:00PM last Saturday, January 25 at the vicinity of Albay Gulf Anchorage Area.

Reports received by Coast Guard District Bicol (CGDBCL) from Coast Guard Action Center Manila revealed that Pranavkumar Bhimji, 39, is suffering from abdominal pain while MV Kiel Express was underway to Melbourne, Australia.

CGS Albay immediately coordinated with the representative of Anglo- Eastern Ship Management Ltd. for the conduct of medical evacuation operation.

DOTC-PCG: Two victims of human trafficking were intercepted by Coast Guard Station (CGS) Bongao onboard MV Kerstin 2 in Bongao Port last Wednesday, January 22.

The sea marshal of MV Kerstin 2 tipped the information to the Coast Guard around 12;20 PM last Wednesday when the vessel left Zamboanga City for Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Upon the ship's arrival at around 3:30PM, the personnel of CGS Bongao, Philippine Marines and DSWD representatives took the victims in custody and were escorted to the PNP Maritime Police office for interrogation.

DOTC-PCG: A 29 year-old fisherman was found dead inside a fishing cage in Ulugan Bay last January 22.

Based on a report received by Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Macaracas from Sebastian Labrador, Captain of Barangay Macaracas, a dead body was seen at the vicinity waters of Ulugan Bay.

A retrieval operations was immediately conducted by the personnel of CGSS Macaracas together with the Philippine Navy, PNP-SOCO and barangay officials of Macaracas.

DOTC-PCG: A total of 13 would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga onboard MV Trisha Kerstin-2 in Port of Bongao last Monday, January 20.

The victims were discovered by the Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection (VSEI) team and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) around 7:20PM last Monday upon the ship's arrival at the Zamboanga City Pier.

The VSEI team along with Allan Balnig of DSWD immediately assisted the victims who were identified as follows:

DOTC-PCG: All passengers and crew of MV Weesam Express 7 were successfully rescued by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cebu from a passenger/cargo vessel which ran aground near Lauis Ledge last night, January 23.

In a report made by the Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV), MV Weesam Express 7 ran aground 1.5 NM south east of Lauis Ledge around 6:40PM last night while it was enroute from Ormoc to Cebu City.

Around 1:30 AM January 24, all passengers and crew of MV Weesam Express 7 were safely arrived at Pier 3 in Cebu.

DOTC-PCG: Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog Commander, Commodore Elson A Hermogino today lauded PCG Talisay rescue team for the successful rescue operation of 35 Korean tourists when their motor banca transporting them across Taal Lake submerged last Sunday, January 19.

The Koreans were onboard motorbanca Black Dragon and was enroute to Pulo Isand for a sightseeing and tour of the Taal Volcano when the incident occurred.

According to its boat captain Romilo Velasco, they were already 50 meters away from the shoreline of Pulo Island when the boat sustained a hole in its hull due to big waves in the area. Black Dragon eventually took on water until it submerged.