Coast Guard Sub-Station Tamban together with personnel from Bantay Dagat of Agay Ayan, Tinambac and Brgy. Denrica, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur seized illegal fishers using a homemade explosive locally known as “Bigas-bigas” at vicinity waters off Lamit Bay and Simaron Island in Camarines Sur yesterday, June 29.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cavite together with Field Station National Central Region Central Luzon (FS NCR-CL) apprehended three (3) illegal dynamite fishers in Cavite last Monday, June 25.

Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Negros Oriental assisted motorbanca “Golden Moon-IV” as its engine malfunctioned trouble at vicinity waters off Siquijor and Dumaguete City yesterday, June 26.

Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Western Samar retrieved a body of a drowned person at vicinity waters off Brgy Rawis, Calbayog City in Samar last Sunday, June 24.

According to the report the victim went on a swimming venture while under the influence of alcohol.

Upon receipt of the information, CGS Western Samar Quick Response Team immediately proceeded in the area and conducted search and rescue operations.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Sta Ana successfully rescued a foreign national from drowning at vicinity 300 meters off Country Inn Beach Resort, Brgy. Centro, Sta Ana, Cagayan last Sunday, June 24.

A certain Mr. James Villanueva, 51 years old, resident of Brgy. Palawig, Sta Ana together with PNP Sta Ana personnel reported to CGSS Sta Ana that while underway from a fishing venture he sighted a body floating at the aforementioned area.

Immediately, CGSS Sta Ana together with Mr. Villanueva proceeded to the said area to conduct search and rescue operations. Upon arrival thereat, the team sighted and successfully retrieved the body of a female nearly drowning per information gathered from the interpreter, the victim was identified as Ms. Xiong Won Jing, female, 18 years of age, single and a Chinese National.


PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Central Tawi-Tawi successfully conducted medical evacuation to the ailing Chinese national onboard Motor Tanker “Dapeng Sun” at vicinity waters of Southwest of Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi last June 19.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), PCG Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Boracay conducted a joint search and rescue (SAR) operation on a distressed unnamed motorbanca at vicinity waters between Boracay Island and Caluya Island last June 19.

Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay received the information about the distressed watercraft from to the motorbanca operator, Mr. Clecito Zafra, 48 years old, a resident of Brgy. Imba, Caluya, Antique through cell phone call. Mr. Zafra revealed that the said distressed motorbanca has a total of four persons onboard.

On or about 5PM same date, the motorbanca departed from Sitio Tabon Baybay, Brgy. Caticlan, Malay, Aklan bound to Caluya, Antique together with the skipper and four persons onboard namely: Glenn Animas, 40 years old; Ramito Cabe, 44 years old; Jeric Espaola, 15 years old; and Jefrey Malutao, 17 years old. Accordingly, Mr. Zafra further informed that while navigating at the vicinity waters between Boracay Island and Caluya Island, Antique, the propeller of said boat was detached due to rough sea condition prevailing in the area.

PCG: Personnel from Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mati and Special Operations Unit (SOU) Mati assisted crew and passengers of an unnamed motorbanca which was drifting due to engine trouble at vicinity waters off Pujada Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental last Monday, June 18.

Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Wawandue together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Station San Felipe, Zambales is still on search for the missing person in Canlas Beach Resort at Barangay Maluma San Felipe, Zambales who went missing since Sunday, June 17.

The victim was identified as Ranny Mamaril, 22 years old and a resident of St. Peter Village, Cutcot, Angeles City, Pampanga.

According to his brother Richard Mamaril, Ranny went on a swimming venture 50 meters away from the shoreline of the said resort where he was battered by big waves causing him to drown.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) El Nido successfully rescued 22 passengers and two crew onboard motorbanca “Awesam” after it submerged at vicinity water off Hidden Beach, Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan last Saturday, 16 June.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGS) Aroroy together with Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) of the Municipality of Aroroy successfully disembarked all 17 passengers and five crew including the boat captain onboard Motorbanca “Lupango Jr” that encountered steering casualty at vicinity waters off Aroroy, Masbate last June 13.

PCG: A total of sixteen (16) persons were successfully rescued by Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Surigao after an unidentified pumpboat encountered engine trouble at vicinity waters off Sabale Island between Brgy Zaragoza and Brgy Lisondra, Surigao City last Tuesday, 12 June.


Personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Batanes successfully retrieved the lifeless body of the drowned victim at the vicinity waters off Brgy. Disbayangan, Mahatao, Batanes last Monday, June 11.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Rapu-Rapu rescued 78 passengers and seven crew onboard motor banca “Er-Chrissa” which ran aground at the vicinity waters of Pagol Island, Rapu-Rapu, Albay approximately half nautical mile from Rapu-Rapu Port this morning, June 11.

PCG: Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) 3004 vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region Office 6 personnel apprehended fishing banca “Marc Ivan” while conducting illegal fishing at the vicinity waters three nautical miles off Gaas Point, Enrique Magalona, Negros Occidental last Friday, June 8.

PCG: PCG rendered assistance to six Filipino fishermen who were successfully rescued by a passing foreign vessel, KSL Seoul along Mindoro strait where they were sighted along with their capsized wooden fishing boat identified as Sister Reds with aqua blue hull yesterday, June 09.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Roxas rescued thirty-eight (38) passengers and six (6) crew members from a submerged motorbanca "Danrev Express” at vicinity waters off Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte yesterday, June 8.

PCG: A total of 63 passengers onboard M/V Lite Ferry 12 were successfully assisted by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tagbilaran at vicinity Port of Tagbilaran, Tagbilaran City, Bohol yesterday, June 07.

PCG. Personnel from Coast Guard Sub-Station Naval rescued three men onboard an unnamed half-submerged motor banca with Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) Nr EV-BIL-020317-071051 at approximately 30 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay SMO. Rosario, Naval Biliran yesterday,  June 06.

PCG: The PCG led by the Deputy Commandant for Administration and Director of the National Coast Watch Center, Rear Admiral Joel S Garcia PCG Ph.D., H.D. Al-haj welcomed the delegates of the Conservation of Ocean Resources and Aquatic Life (C.O.R.A.L.) under the Heirs of the World Incorporated headed by its Chairman of the Board, Dean Dr. Renato Sison together with the four (4) titleholders of Miss Earth Philippines 2018 during their visit aboard National Coast Watch Center at the National Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in Manila last June 05.

Members of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay together with Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned at Cagban Port successfully rescued the twenty eight (28) passengers after motor banca Carolan 888 ran aground at vicinity waters more or less 50 meters away from Cagban Port, Brgy Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay. Aklan last Saturday, June 2.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Jose together with Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) and Maritime Safety Administration (MARSAD) students of Class 28-17 successfully rescued 24 passengers onboard motorized banca “Alto Jay” which encountered engine trouble at the vicinity waters off 500 meters Northwest of Barangay Pawican, Ilin, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro yesterday, May 31.

PCG: Personnel of BRP Tubbataha (MRRV 4401) rendered medical assistance to a Filipino fisherman named Mr. Robert Dela Cruz, a 39-year old resident of Barangay Washington, Pantalan Uno, Surigao City who was found drifting along vicinity 51 nautical miles Southeast of Anguar Palau, Island and 490 nautical miles East of Davao Region and rescued by the crew of M/T Seri Begawan, a Malaysian flagged tanker vessel last Saturday, May 27.

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

1. Reference: Letter from Engineer Florante Soliman Trinav Surveys, Inc dated 22 May 2018.

2. Trinav Surveys, Inc., a Philippine based company has been contracted by Archen Technologies Inc. to conduct Bathymetric Survey in Darong, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. The survey will start on 24 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 bounded by the following coordinates:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   





06° 55’58.33” North

125° 29’24.35 East


06° 56’29.22” North

125° 29’22.37” East


06° 56’29.26” North

125° 30’19.90” East


06° 55’57.72” North

125° 30’1808” East

3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the abovementioned 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.

Five (5) persons onboard an unnamed motor banca were apprehended by Coast Guard Substation Catanduanes and PNP personnel, after being found to be carrying illegal fishing praphernalias onboard, at vicinity waters off Barangay Canlubi, Catanduanes last Tuesday, June 27.

PCG: Director Malcolm Brown of the United Kingdom National Maritime Information Centre and Political and Security Secretary of British Embassy Manila, Mr. Rupert Compston paid a courtesy call to Philippine Coast Guard Officer-In-Charge Commodore Joel S Garcia PCG Ph.D.,H.D., Al-Haj at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard this morning, 29 June.


PCG: Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao (CGDNM) apprehended four persons of UCPB Velez Branch for carrying huge amount of undeclared money in Cagayan De Oro last June 25.

PCG: Three cadets were appointed as international cadets of the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) Class of 2021 after they were being admitted as swab members during their swearing in ceremony in Washington Parade Field, USCGA, New London, Connecticut, USA last 26 June.

COMMODORE JOEL SARSIBAN GARCIA PCG, Ph. D, H.D, Al-Haj is a graduate of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) and took up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, major in Navigational Science and is currently taking up Bachelor of Laws, Facultad De Derecho Civil, Royal & Pontifical at the University of Santo Tomas. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and a Doctor of Humanities. He is also a holder of Masters of Science Degree in Maritime Safety Administration (Msc. MSA) from the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden; Master in Shipping and Business Management (MSBM), PMMA and a licensed Master Mariner. Presently, he is the Officer-In-Charge of the Philippine Coast Guard.

In addition to his current position, he is the National Director of the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) and Commander of the Coast Guard Education and Training Command (CGETC).  He likewise commanded major units of the PCG. Among these are: Coast Guard Weapons, Communications, Electronics and Information System Command (CGWCEIS); Coast Guard District National Capital Region – Central Luzon (CGDNCR-CL) ; Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM); Coast Guard District Bicol and Port State Control Office, Coast Guard Station Manila. He was also entrusted with positions in the PCG such as Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel (CG-1),for vessel safety (CG-8), Marine Environmental Protection (CG-9); Flag Secretary for HPCG, Public Information Officer, student officer to Sweden, Training Officer, Course Director and Admin/Logistics Officer.

He commanded three Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessels which are the primary ship for operations of the Coast Guard namely: BRP Pampanga (SARV 003) where he earned the most coveted Command-At-Sea-Badge, BRP Kalinga (AE-89) and BRP Palawan (PG-64).

Commo Garcia had advance coast guard training on courses such as the Marine Environmental Protection in the Korean Research and Development Institute (KORDI) in Ansan, South Korea and Instructor Course on International Maritime Law Enforcement at the United States Coast Guard (USCG). He attended seminars abroad concerning safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, London, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Hongkong and Norway respectively.

His other government service designations include: Commander of the Philippine Maritime Security Forces during the Papal visit and Task Group Maritime Security for APEC Meetings 2015; Commander of the Special Task Force Sagip, For the successful release of two (2) PCG Kidnapped Victims  in Sulu; currently the Chairman of Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Concept of Operations (CONOPS), National Coast Watch Council (NCWC), Office of the President and Technical Working Group (TWG) on Uniformed Protocol on Maritime Actions (UPMA), National Coast Watch Council (NCWC), Office of the President; Exercise Director of the Marine Pollution Prevention Exercise (MARPOLEX) between the Philippines and Indonesia; Chairperson of Technical Committee on Islamic Religious Education, Commission of Higher Education (CHED); Chief of Staff of the Office of the Undersecretary for Transportation (Department of Transportation and Communications) among others.

Fully decorated, Commo Garcia has earned various awards and decorations from the PCG and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in recognition of his outstanding performances in the Coast Guard and Naval service. Some of the awards he received are the (5) Coast Guard Legions of Honor and Ribbon with Degree of Maginoo, (2) Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, (2) Coast Guard Superior Achievement Medal, (1) Coast Guard Outstanding Achievement Medal, (1) Coast Guard Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medal, (2) Coast Guard Merit Medal, (1) Coast Guard Commendation Medal, (1) Coast Guard Civic Action Ribbon, (1) Command At Sea Badge, (1) Mepcom Marpol Inspector’s Eligibility Badge and PCG Eligibility Badge, (1) Military Merit Medal with First Bronze Spearhead Device, (1) Military merit Medal with Third Bronze Anahaw Leaf, (1) Military merit medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf, (1) Military merit medal with First Bronze Anahaw Leaf, (2) Military Merit Medal, (1) Military Commendation Medal with First Equilateral Triangle, (1) Military Commendation Medal, (1) Military Civic Action Medal,  (1) Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal & Ribbon, (1) Anti-Dissidence Campaign Ribbon, (1) Disaster, Relief & Rehabilitation Ribbon, (1) Visayan Campaign Medal & Ribbon, (1) Luzon Campaign Medal & Ribbon, (1) Award Of The Philippine Navy Surface Warfare Operations Badge and (1) Combat Badge “Kagitingan”, (1) Award of Excellence in Humanitarianism from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and many more.


PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM M MELAD PCG formally vowed out of the service today, June 21 2017, after rendering 32 years 9 months and 11 days of service to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Coast Guard. A traditional Testimonial Parade and Review was held at the Bonifacio Naval Station Parade Ground in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

PCG: Coast Guard Station Cagayan De Oro (CGS CDO) personnel will file charges against five passengers for using fake identification cards while entering at Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Passenger Terminal Gate 1 in Cagayan de Oro on or about 09:00 PM yesterday, 19 June.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard held an awarding ceremony for its contingent who participated in the recent Maritime Pollution Exercise 2017 held last 15-17 May this year in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia which was graced by Commodore Joel S Garcia PCG, Ph.D., H.D, Al-Haj, Officer-in-Charge at Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force in Manila today.


PCG: Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao (CGDNM) and Coast Guard District Western Visayas (CGDWV) apprehended one Maute sister and two Maute terrorists onboard MV St. Therese of the Child Jesus, a passenger vessel of the 2GO Shipping Lines Incorporated docked at port of Iloilo after a hot pursuit operation yesterday, 18 June.

PCG: Authorities from the Philippine Coast Guard apprehended a man for carrying a firearm loaded with ammunitions without pertinent documents during a security checkpoint at Pulauan Port, Dapitan around 3:39 PM yesterday, 14 June 2017.

According to Lt Antolin Cayabo, station commander of Coast Guard Station Dapitan, , a 9mm caliber pistol loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunitions was found in the possession of a certain Desiderio M Camingawan, 54 years old, resident of North Peñan, Dipolog City onboard a vehicle driven by Manolito J Jamarolin, 49 years old. 

PCG joint team composed of Coast Guard Station Dapitan, Coast Guard K9 and Special Operation Group Advanced Post conducting security checkpoint at the main gate of the said port successfully seized the suspects and the firearm.

PCG warns boat owners that it will impound boats that fail to register under DOTR regulations on boat numbering and marking system (Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering System) within three months from its implementation last June 02, 2017.

According to data shown by PCG from March 2016 until March this year, there have been 22 reported incidents of abductions in Sulu, Celebes Sea, and Sibutu Sea area.

The only alternative solution that PCG has resorted is the numbering system to augment the incapability of all vessel owners operating a three GTN boat to buy transponder, a device that could receive and transmit radio signals, which cost P15, 000.

The Philippine Coast Guard today announced that it will formally “take over the security supervision of ports, and shipping, whether public or private, including the egress and ingress to all waterways from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Port Authority (PPA)”, by virtue of Department Order (D.O.) No. 2017-008 issued on June 5, 2017. 

PCG: Coast Guard Station Mindoro is still on search for the missing fisherman named Junar Cuasay whom boarded the capsized motorized banca after it was accidentally collided by cargo vessel “Gotong” at approximately 15 kms away from the shoreline of Barangay Estrella, Naujan Oriental Mindoro last Friday, June 09.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard Station Davao is also in search for the 2-year old child named Rendey Sale that is still missing when fishingbanca “Mateo” was battered by strong winds resulting it to capsized at vicinity waters off Purok Saint John, Bucana River, Davao City last Thursday, June 08.

Both Coast Guard Stations 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.

PCG: Joint elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group, and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Romblon recovered five cadavers while 44 passengers were rescued after a motorbanca capsized at the vicinity waters of Barangay Agbudia, Romblon, today.

Initial reports revealed that said motorbanca was identified as Mbca Alad Express 2, which departed Magdiwang, Sibuyan, Romblon enroute to Romblon, Romblon at around 9:40 AM when she was suddenly battered by strong whirlwinds and big waves.

Upon receipt of the said report, Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Romblon-Romblon Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams immediately conducted a joint search and rescue operation together with the abovementioned responders.

PCG: Personnel of MRRV-4404 and CGS Sarangani apprehended two alleged pirates while on the actual exploit of boarding M/Tug 308 and SSL Barge 08 at vicinity waters of 4.5NM West of Hacidan Pt., Davao Occidental yesterday, June 5.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station Hinigaran are still searching for a 16-year old drowning victim at vicinity waters of Panaoan Beach Resort Brgy. 2, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

The incident was reported by LT DIONILO BOGTAE of Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Reports revealed that Mr. Lawrence Clemente, the drowning victim was in a swimming venture with his four companions in Panaoan Beach Resort last June 4. Due to rough sea condition, Mr. Clemente along with Mr. Mars Fernandez, 16 years old, were drifted away from their group and eventually went missing.

PCG: To showcase the interoperability in responding to incidents at sea, various simulation of  exercises were conducted between the Philippine Coast Guard together with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia-Information Sharing Center (ReCAAP-ISC) as part of the 12th Combined Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Exercise held at vicinity waters off Talicud Island, Igacos, Davao Del Norte to be slated on June 03 this year.

The Commander of Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao, Captain Oscar C Endona PCG welcomed the arrival of Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel, PLH08 Echigo at Sasa Wharf, Davao City today, June 1.

PCG: An elderly man was found dead 10 meters away from the shoreline of Iloilo River yesterday, June 26.

The victim was identified as Oscar Gonzaga, 67, single, and a resident of Barangay Libertad, Lapuz, Iloilo.

His cadaver was seen floating at the area by PO2 Helberto Gallaza PCG at 5:49 AM and was immediately recovered by the Special Operations Unit and Deployable Response Group of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo. 

Investigation revealed that Gonzaga was last seen walking along Libertad Street near the Philippine Ports Authority fast craft terminal the night before he died.

His remains were turned-over to his sister, Cecil Dula, 59 years old and was subsequently brought to Custodio Funeral Services for proper disposition.

PCG: A teenager’s lifeless body was recovered by the Coast Guard in an underwater search operations in Panay, Capiz last Sunday, June 26.

Alvin Bigcas, 15, reportedly fell off his boat while transiting the area of Tinagong Dagat, Barangay Butacal, Panay at around 8:00 AM.

The incident was reported by a certain Blas Nolasco to the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Roxas where assistance was requested to rescue Bigcas.

The joint rescue team of CGS Roxas, Special Operatios Unit, Capiz Emergency Response Team, and Panay PNP were immediately deployed to search for Bigcas.

At around 2:40 PM, his body was plucked out of the water and was transported to Pontevedra, Capiz where it was turned-over to the local police for proper disposition.

PCG: 12 passengers were successfully saved by the joint rescue team of the Philippine Coast Guard and the PCG Auxiliary in Batan, Aklan last Friday, June 24.

The survivors were thrown into sea when the motorboat transporting them from Batan to New Washington, Anklan suddenly lost her stability and capsized.

The incident was reported by a concerned citizen to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dumaguit, disclosing that the unnamed boat capsized between the vicinity waters of Brgy. Ochando, New Washington and Brgy. Songculan, Batan.

CGSS Dumaguit immediately deployed its rescue team and saved three from passengers identified as Jonathan Aquino, 20; Zaldy Pitilan, 21; and Noel Chavez, 20.

Meanwhile Coast Guard Station (CGS) Caticlan deployed its Special Operations Unit in Boracay Island to join the rescue operations along with 611th PCGA Squadron, PDRRMC-Aklan, PNP and New Washington barangay officials.

PCG: Three persons were reported missing in two separate maritime incidents in Davao Oriental and Negros Occidental.

The first incident involved a fisherman named Renato Robles, 52, who went missing while conducting fishing activities last June 20 at 40 nautical miles off Mati, Davao Oriental.

Robles was onboard fishing boat Pakura when the incident transpired.

A fellow fisherman, Roceller Carpesano, reported the incident to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Gensan and stated that Robles failed to return up to this date.

The PCG scoured the area in search for the missing fisherman and advised all vessels transiting the area to be on the look-out for Robles. The skipper of Pakura was also advised to file for a marine protest.

PCG: 15 fishermen onboard f/bca “Camp Pinagpala” were caught in the act of illegal fishing at the vicinity waters off Barangay Nangalao, Linapacan, Palawan as the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Linapacan, together with local PNP, conducted a maritime patrol at the said area on Tuesday, June 21.

Said fishing banca was owned by Mr. Israel Sanchez and skippered by Edwin S. Pondoc.

The fishermen will be charged for the violation of the following regulations: 

• Section 2 (owner/ operator of apprehended fishing boat; and clearances)

• Section 4(Probition on the Intrusion of Commercial fishing vessel and launches to catch fish within 8.1 NM territorial waters of the Municipality of Linapacan;

• Section 5 (Prohibiting the transient fisherman to catch fish anywhere else within territorial waters of Linapacan, Palawan);

• Section 6 (Banning/Prohibiting the operation of compressor aided fishing method in the Municipal waters off Linapacan), and (owner or operator of a fishing vessel who knowingly allows the use of compressors by his fishing crews).

PCG: Search operations continue for missing fishermen from three provinces.

This is the recent statement of the Philippine Coast Guard as it continues to scour the waters of General Santos City, Limasawa Island and Agno, Pangasinan for three fishermen who went missing earlier this week. 

Coast Guard Station (CGS) General Santos, CGS Maasin, and Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Bolinao advised all neighbouring coastal barangays and fisher folks transiting the said waters to be on the look-out for the missing fishermen and to report to the nearest PCG unit if sighted.

PCG: City Vice Mayor Ramil Fajardo of Polilio onboard an unnamed boat went missing after she capsized at the vicinity waters of Bucao, Polilio, Quezon yesterday, June 20.

Investigations revealed that an unnamed fisherman saw the incident at approximately three (3) nautical miles off Bucao.

The fisherman immediately informed the Barangay Kagawad of Polilio, Quezon, Mr. Gary Nazareno who then relayed the information to the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Polilio.

CGSS Polilio immediately conducted search and rescue operations and rescued the boat crew identified as Romeo Malagueno who was found to be in good physical condition while Vice Mayor Fajardo remains missing.

PCG: Five illegal fishing boats were apprehended last Thursday by the Coast Guard following a brief chase at the vicinity waters of Cagayan.

Three of the boats were seen at 6.25 nautical miles northwest off Gonzaga, Cagayan Valley by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (BFAR MCS) 3010 vessel manned by the PCG personnel.

As the authorities approached for a boarding inspection, all fishing boats scrammed to different directions to escape. The chase was cut short as the MCS 3010 strategically out-maneuvered the targets and eventually apprehended five boats.

The PCG boarding team, together with five BFAR Quick Response Team Region II personnel, inspected all boats and found out that none had any pertinent documents onboard, all fishermen, crew, and fishing gears were unlicensed.

PCG: M/V Belle Rose was successfully extracted from its agrounding position off Monad Shoal in Malapascua, Cebu today. 

Salvors extricated the aground ship at 10:12 a.m. today.

According to the salvor company, the testing of the ship’s main engine was satisfactory, thus, the vessel proceeded to San Fernando, Cebu using its own propulsion and was escorted by three tugboats.

M/V Belle Rose is expected to arrive in San Fernando tomorrow where the Port State Control authorities will inspect and detain the ship for several deficiencies in its bottom hull, ballast system and International Safety Management (ISM) system compliance.

PCG: Two fishermen were reported missing in two (2) separate maritime incidents in Occidental Mindoro and Pangasinan last June 19.

The first victim was identified as Jeofrey Ediza who reportedly went fishing onboard an unnamed boat in the dawn of June 16. He failed to return since.

 The crew of fishing boat “Double N8” searched for Ediza but yielded negative results due to strong winds and rough seas in the area. Upon receipt of report from the owner of Double N8, the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Subic issued a Notice to Mariners (NOTAM) to all vessels transiting in the said area to be on the look-out for Ediza.

PCG. Fishing vessel “F/V Tobias Reynald” caught fire while undergoing repair at the floating dry dock in Navotas Fish Port yesterday, June 14 at 4:35PM. 

PCG. “Mbca Jay-A” with 70 passengers onboard submerged while maneuvering at Magallanes Wharf, Agusan Del Norte last June 11 at 5:40AM.

Investigation revealed that at 6PM of the same day, personnel of Coast Guard Station Butuan received a message from personnel of Maritime Police informing that Mbca Jay-A encountered engine trouble while maneuvering due to big waves prevailing in the said area. All the passengers onboard panicked which led them to proceed to the starboard side of the motor banca causing it to list and take in water and subsequently submerge. 

Immediately, personnel of Coast Guard onboard Aluminum boat - 249 conducted search and rescue operations and successfully rescued sixty nine (69) passengers. One (1) passenger, however, died from the incident while another one from the 69 rescued passengers was brought to Cabadbaran City for further medical attention.

PCG. “An estimated 483 meters of stretched of coral reefs on Monad Shoal were found to be damaged after a bulk carrier ran aground at said vicinity on June 13”, according to the PCG investigating team.

M/V Belle Rose, a Panama-registered vessel of 29,104 tons and loaded with 48,000 tons of cement powder was transiting at the vicinity waters of Monad Shoal when it accidentally ran aground at four (4) nautical miles Southeast off Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu at 3AM of June 13.

On the same day at 9:50AM, Mr Gary Casis, a PCG Auxiliary member and a local diver who conducted underwater hull inspection reported that the vessel’s hull is completely resting on the seabed. However, no signs of oil spill were observed from the said aground ship.

At 12:30PM, a Marine Safety Investigating Team of CGS Cebu composed of four (4) members conduct inquiry to the master of M/V Belle Rose.

PCG: An unnamed motor boat loaded with 50 containers of fuel sank at approximately 10 meters off Calbayog Port in Samar after it caught fire last Friday, June 10.

Said boat attempted to leave the port without a departure clearance from the Coast Guard and was already few meters away from the pier when a gasoline accidentally leaked from its container causing her to catch fire.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) who immediately responded to the fire incident failed to put out the flames until it totally consumed the boat. She eventually sank along with the 30 containers of gas and 20 containers of diesel.

Meanwhile, the six boat crew including its skipper were safely brought to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Calbayog for inquiry and subsequently to the Our Lady of Porziuncula Hospital for medical check-up.

PCG. A Panamanian-flagged motor vessel “M/V Belle Rose” reportedly ran aground at vicinity waters of Monad shoal, approximately four (4) nautical miles Southeast off Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu at 3AM today, June 13.

Initial reports revealed that CGS Cebu received a text message at 8:32 this morning from a certain Mr Gary Casis, a resident of Malapascua that he received a report from Mr Gille, bantay-dagat of Monad Shoal informing that a cargo vessel ran aground at the said vicinity.

Immediately, CGS Cebu personnel directed CGSS Hagnaya to provide necessary assistance to the aground vessel. Coast Guard also alerted SARV-001 and DF- 318 for a possible dispatch.

M/V Belle Rose was said to be loaded with an undetermined quantity of cement and bound to San Fernando Port in Naga, Cebu.

M/V Chang Hang Fing Hai, a Chinese-flagged vessel loaded with 55,000 tons of Lateritic Nickel ore ran aground while transiting at the vicinity waters off Cagdianao, Surigao del Norte in Mindanao last Saturday, June 11.

The incident was reported by the Substation Commander of CGSS San Jose, P01 Deiparine PCG to Station Commander of CGS Surigao. Upon confirmation, a Coast Guard team was dispatched to the area of incident to conduct assessment and to render necessary assistance.

Investigation revealed that the ship loaded its cargo from Cagdianao Mining Corporation (CMC) and was bound to China. While navigating, the ship accidentally ran through the shallow waters and subsequently ran aground, causing damages to her water ballast tank number two (2) at the port side.

PCG Commandant, Rear Admiral William M Melad led the joint turn-over ceremony of selected central staff offices at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard last June 10.

The following are the new Deputy Chiefs of Coast Guard Staff and their respective units:

PCG: Approximately 30 sacks of debris contaminated with oil water mixture was collected at the vicinity waters off Pescador Resort, Panagsaba in Moalboal Cebu, yesterday June 10 at around 10:50 in the evening.

Reports from Coast Guard District Central Visayas disclosed that Mr. Julius Camerino of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported to Coast Guard Station Cebu that an oil spill from an unknown source was sighted at the waters of Pescado Resort. Immediately, Coast Guard Substation Tangil together with MEPEU-Cebu proceeded to the area to check the veracity of the report.

Upon arriving at the reported scene of incident, they found the oil spill covering the shoreline more or less 3 kilometers in length and immediately conducted oil spill clean-up operations.

PCG: The cadaver of an Indonesian chief of engineer was recovered by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Manila at the vicinity waters of Petron Navotas yesterday, June 9.

The remains were identified to be that of C/E Dedi Dewantoro of the M/Tug Mulia Permata. He was reported missing since June 3.

Dewantoro's cadaver was positively identified by Able Bodied Seaman (AB) Merum Anak Nanggai, Malaysian crew of T/B Destiny 3, and AB Jumali, Indonesian crew of barge “Target Line 3001”.

Rear Admiral William M Melad PCG graced the 48th Founding Anniversary and Change of Command of the Coast Guard District National Capital Region-Central Luzon (CGDNCR-CL) at the PCG Gymnasium, Binondo, Manila today, June 10.

PCG: The cadaver of the reported missing person identified as Macario "Jun" Bautista, 24, of Barangay Borongborongan, Milaor, Camarines Sur was recovered by the residents of the said barangay near the Bicol River on June 6.

Bautista reportedly suffered from a sudden cramp while gathering shells at the said river and subsequently drowned.

Search and rescue operations conducted by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Camaligan headed by PO3 Benico PCG yielded negative results. At 9:45PM of the same day, local residents sighted and recovered Bautista’s dead body and immediately reported the same to the Coast Guard.

Said cadaver was then turned-over to the family of the victim for proper disposition.

PCG: A distressed motor banca which requested the assistance of the Coast Guard in Dauin, Negros Oriental was discovered to have several maritime violations and was later apprehended. 

M/Bca Rosefel 2 called the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Dumaguete to request assistance after it went dead on water due to a faulty engine. 

The distressed boat was monitored and assisted back to shore by CGS Dumaguete and Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Larena. Upon arrival in Escanio Beach, it was found out that M/Bca Rosefel 2 failed to submit a Master's Declaration of Safety Departure (MDSD) and that its insurance and Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC) are already expired.

It was also discovered that the said boat left the port without departure clearance from the PCG. 

Personnel of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Atimonan is still searching for the two (2) missing crew of fishing banca Ervy-1 which submerged at the vicinity waters of Polilio Island, Quezon on June 4.

Investigation revealed that Fbca Ervy-1 skippered by Capt Jerry Cabahip with eleven crew onboard departed Atimonan Fish Port Atimonan, Quezon on May 17 bound to Pacific Ocean to conduct fishing venture.

The fishing banca was allegedly hit by a tornado at the vicinity waters approximately 27 nautical mules Northeast of Polilio Island, Quezon which caused the vessek to submerge.

PCG: An oil spill from a capsized yacht in Manila Yacht Club was immediately containded by the Coast Guard last Wednesday, June 1.

The motor yacht Defender, owned by Uso Hiroshi, reportedly capsized and went half-submerged while moored at the club at 4:00 a.m.

While no casualty was reported, traces of oil spill were found at the area by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) CCP and the Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) in Manila.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral William M Melad together with Lieutenant Junior Grade Lalaine M Manapul represented the Philippines to the Launching and Naming Ceremony of the 1st Philippine Coast Guard Multi Role Response Vessel (MRRV) held at Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama Shipyard Isogo Works 12, Shin-suguta-cho, Isogo-ku in Yokohama, Japan last May 12.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in North Eastern Luzon is all set for the upcoming typhoon season.

PCG: Authorities are still searching for a 24-year old man who was swept along the Sibalom River in Antique last 28 June 2015. 

ENS PLACIDO ABAPO PCG (ret) informed Coast Guard Station San Jose De Buenavista of the drowning incident along the Sibalom River in Barangay Carawisan, San Remigio, Antique.

LT GLENN GRANGER PCGA, of the 606th Auxiliary Squadron further reported that the victim, Joe Quindo, drowned when he attempted to cross the river despite the strong current. It was believed that Quindo was swept downstream towards the sea.

PCG: Two boxes of sea urchins, with an estimated value of Php 50,000.00, were confiscated by the Coast Guard in Allen, Samar last Friday, June 26 from a public utility bus bound to Manila. 

A certain Jose Siervo, Fisheries Quarantine Officer of BFAR-8 Allen, Northern Samar reported to the personnel of CGSS Allen that the illegally caught sea urchins will be transported onboard Elavil bus, with plate number TYL 967 from Lavezares to Manila. 

Immediately, CGSS Allen and its K-9 unit conducted a paneling inspection at the said bus in Balwarteco Port and discovered the boxes concealed onboard. Said boxes contained 86 packs of undocumented sea urchins owned by a certain Elvy T. Flores, 59 years old, and a resident of Brgy. Villaflores, Lavezares, Northern Samar. 

PCG: The second batch of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) cadets graduated at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) last 26 June, Thursday with Senator Sonny M Angara as its Guest of Honor and Speaker during its 192nd PMMA commencement exercise in San Narciso, Zambales.

The 13 cadets from the PMMA Batch 2015 under the PMMA Cadetship Program are Cadet Midshipman John Manuel A Alip, Cadet Midshipman Winjhay Love G Arro, Cadet Midshipman Hannah T Bang-ud, Cadet Midshipman Esperanza D Bullong, Cadet Midshipman Lady Deann P Cantores, Cadet Midshipman Renato P Gunhuran Jr, Cadet Midshipman Peter Matthew P Herminado, Cadet Midshipman Miracle O Perez, and Cadet Midshipman Wenceslao John M Wenceslao who graduated in Bachelor of Science Major in Marine Transportation while Cadet Midshipman Julie Ann C Diloy, Cadet Midshipman Mary Hazel June I Obligacion, Cadet Midshipman Charibel Pugong and Cadet Midshipman Christian Vhert E Casamar graduated in Bachelor of Science Major in Marine Engineering.

Among who graced the occasion were PCG Commandant, Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena; Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command, Vice Admiral Jesus C Millan; PMMA Superintendent, Rear Admiral Richard U Ritual; MARINA Deputy Administrator for Regional Concerns Office of the Administrator, Captain Herminio P. Estaniel, Jr.; and Commander, 13th Naval Reserve Command, LCDR Ramon G Lacbain II, who is also the Vice Governor of Zambales.

PCG: DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has recently approved and signed the five newly revised Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Memorandum Circulars which were published in 2005.

Below are the following newly approved MEP Memorandum Circulars:

A. MC 07-14 Prevention of Pollution from Garbage 

B. MC 08-14 Rules and Regulation for Tank Cleaning Operations and Collection and Disposal of Diluted Oil and other Substances

C. MC 09-14 Shipboard Oil; Pollution Emergency Plan in the Philippines Registered Vessels

D. MC 10-14 Prevention of Pollution from Sewage

E. MC 11-14 Procedures for the Dumping of wastes and other Harmful matter within the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction

Said memorandum circulars were already disseminated to all PCG units, maritime stakeholders, shipping companies and other government agencies for implementation.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will train a total of 20 working dogs in search and rescue as well as narcotics and explosive detection at its new search and rescue (SAR) base in Romblon.

The dogs are composed of different breeds including Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and Jack Russell Terrier.

The PCG will send BRP San Juan (SARV-001) to ferry the dogs, together with their handlers, from Manila to Romblon where the newest Coast Guard K-9 training facility is also established.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will train a total of 20 working dogs in search and rescue as well as narcotics and explosive detection at its new search and rescue (SAR) base in Romblon.

The dogs are composed of different breeds including Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and Jack Russell Terrier. 

The PCG will send BRP Pampanga (SARV-003) and BRP Corregidor (AE-891) to ferry the dogs, together with their handlers, from Manila to Romblon where the newest Coast Guard K-9 training facility is also established.


PCG: The officers and members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Chief Petty Officers Association Incorporated (CPOAI) hosted a golf tournament as a fundraising activity at the Philippine Navy Golf Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City today.

PCG: A total of 352 newly appointed male draftees took oath before Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena yesterday as additional work force to the PCG.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Jose De Buenavista continues searching for six fishermen who remains missing since their boat encountered engine trouble last Saturday, June 20. 

According to Henry Batoliño, owner of Fbca Territorial Express, his boat encountered engine trouble at the vicinity waters of Punta Hagdan Anini- Y Antique while enroute to Cagayancillo, Palawan for a fishing venture. 

Immediately, the personnel of CGS San Jose De Buenavista conducted search and rescue operation but yielded with negative result.

The Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Incorporated or AFPMBAI donated various health and wellness packages to the personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) during the turnover ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Canopy Area this morning, 18 June. 

PCG: Coral reefs in the vicinity waters of Legazpi, Albay were damaged by a Vietnam-flagged cargo vessel which ran aground 900 yards off the entrance of Legazpi City Port last Monday, June 15.

MV Ocean 03, with 4,532 gross tonnages and manned by 21 Vietnamese crew, reportedly ran aground and hit the marine environment at the area while maneuvering enroute to Albay Gulf. 

The incident was reported by Renan Del Mundo of Bantay Dagat-Legazpi to the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Albay which immediately deployed its men along with representatives from the Port State Control Division. 

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Camarines Sur rendered assistance to the crew of M/B Gracia Asombrosa, which encountered engine trouble  at the vicinity waters of Salinggogon Minalabac, Camarines Sur last June 13.

A certain Jose Taño reported the incident to CGS Camarines Sur.

Investigation revealed that M/B Gracia Asombrosa, a cargo motorbanca with seven crew members onboard, encounter engine trouble and was dead on water while navigating at Salinggogon Minalabac, Camarines Sur.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team successfully bagged two trophies after winning the 300-meter standard race in the mixed and women's category in the recently concluded 2nd leg of the Cobra Philippine Dragon boat Federation Dragonboat competition held at Manila Bay along Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard, Manila yesterday, 14 June.

PCG: Four young men where rescued from imminent drowning by five members of the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) 800 meters off the Cavite Buoy Base last Wednesday, June 10.

The men were seen floating by Petty Officer Third Class Jojit T Pungo PCG while the CGSOG were conducting water evolution training for the students of Coast Guard Special Operations Course (CGSOC). 

The incident was reported to Petty Officer Second Class Richard F Corpuz PCG, senior instructor of the CGSOC, who then led a team of four SOG personnel to rescue the distressed men.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard in Malacañang successfully recovered a cadaver after jumping off Plaza Mexico Ferry Station in Intramuros, Manila today.

The unidentified male cadaver about 22 to 25 years of age, 5’5” in height, has a tattoo on his left chest and was wearing underwear, was retrieved about 30 minutes after he was reported to be drowning.

Reports received by Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Pureza from Mr Lope Reyes, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority radioman of Plaza Mexico Ferry Station revealed that at around 10AM, personnel of said ferry station tried to stop the victim from boarding the Pasig ferry bus as he was observed to have been in the influence of liquor. Subsequently, he then jumped into the river. Said personnel tried to help the victim by throwing a lifejacket but failed to reach it which resulted to his drowning.

PCG: The elite Coast Guard Special Operations Group convened yesterday the Special Operations Course Class 24 composed of four officers and 37 non-officers at the Headquarters Maritime Safety Services Command in Sangley Point, Cavite on May 28, 2015.

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena headed the PCG delegation during the opening ceremony of this year’s marine pollution exercise entitled “MARPOLEX CEBU 2015” last 27 May at JSU-PSU Mariner’s Court, in Cebu.

PCG: A wounded dolphin found stranded at the shoreline of Barangay Bonuan Sabangan, Dagupan City was rescued by the joint team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dagupan and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) last Saturday, May 23.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Cebu is still on the look-out for three persons who went missing at the vicinity waters of Camotes Sea since May 24.

A certain Jhubert Estreta reported to the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cebu that his cousin, Gabriel Evangelista, together with his two companions, was onboard a motorbanca which encountered engine trouble while transiting from Camotes bound for Talibon, Bohol.

Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Camotes proceeded to San Francisco, Camotes Island to conduct search and rescue operation. CGS Cebu also notified Coast Guard in Tagbilaran and Talibon regarding the situation and requested them to alert their search and rescue response assets.

PCG: Joint elements of Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy confiscated a total of 14 sea turtles at the shoreline of Green Island, Barangay Tumarbong in Roxas, Palawan on 27 May.

PCG: A total of 68 passengers were saved by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Romblon after their motorbanca encountered engine trouble a mile off Logbon, Romblon last Sunday, May 24.

The boat captain of MB Alad Express 1 coordinated with CGS Romblon and requested assistance as their vessel incurred engine damage.

Personnel of said station onboard two motor boats, MB El Carmen 1 and MB El Carmen 2, immediately proceeded to the location to conduct rescue operations. Said team successfully transferred all passengers to MB El Carmen 1 while the distressed vessel was towed by MB El Carmen 2.

(Cebu, Philippines – May 28, 2015) The Philippine Coast Guard will host this year’s marine pollution exercise entitled “MARPOLEX CEBU 2015” on 26-29 May in Cebu Strait, Talisay, Cebu, Philippines. The conduct of this Biennial Exercise is a commitment of the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan in the implementation of the ASEAN Oil Spill Response Action Plan (OSRAP) and the Sulawesi Sea Oil Spill Network Response Plan. Both action plans are regional cooperation mechanism that promotes marine environmental protection against oil pollution. Local stakeholders and representatives will be invited to witness the exercise.

The significant number of oil spill incidents in the previous year’s resulted to the establishment of this regional cooperation mechanism with the purpose of ensuring the capability and readiness of member countries in addressing pollution from oil spill and it also aims to test the inter- operability of each country’s response organization in handling major oil spill incidents.

The last MARPOLEX was conducted in Makassar, Indonesia in 2013. Philippines and Indonesia alternately hosts this Exercise. MARPOLEX Cebu is the 19th Bilateral Exercise on marine pollution between the two (2) countries since its establishment in 1986. Japan Coast Guard is a regular participant since 1995 and this year JCG will be sending one (1) team composed of four (4) officers who are experts on marine environmental protection, maritime security and safety. This year’s exercise is designed to test the response strategies of the Philippines and Indonesia in a major oil spill incidents, or to a tier level incident (involving min of 1M liters of spilt oil).

PCG: 20 members of Panay Anglers Association were brought to safety by the search and rescue team of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo from a distressed motorbanca at vicinity waters Barangay Dagsaan, Buenavista, Guimaras last 29 June.

A certain Mr Francis G Sambaon, boat engineer of Mbca Aquarius 21 reported to CGS Iloilo and revealed that he received a text message from one of the passengers of Mbca Mystic Smile informing that they were drifting towards said vicinity due to engine failure.

Personnel of said station immediately conducted rescue operations and subsequently towed the distressed motorbanca to Parola Wharf in Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City.

PCG: Coast Guard District Western Visayas celebrated its 31st Founding Anniversary last June 19 at the Headquarters Coast Guard District Western Visayas in Iloilo City with PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena as the Guest of Honor.

The anniversary with the theme as “Coast Guard District Western Visayas @ 31: Bantay sang Kadagatan, Tagapagsalbar sang Katawhan sa Kabisay-an Nakatungdan” was highlighted by the blessings and turn–over of 24 aluminum boats to the stations and sub-stations of CGDWV.

A newly built firing range which will serve as training ground to the district’s personnel to develop their skills and proficiency in handling firearms was also inaugurated.

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena led the oath taking ceremony of the additional 212 newly appointed draftees at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard this afternoon, June 23.

The command has a total of 674 draftees who will soon undergo Coast Guardman’s Course (CGMC) training for a minimum of six months before their entry as regular Coast Guard.

PCG: Three sachets of illegal drugs estimated to be worth P40,000.00 were confiscated by the K9 unit of Coast Guard District Northeastern Luzon (CGDNELZN) last Friday, June 20. 

Said drugs were initially found by PNP-Aparri who immediately requested assistance from CGDNELZN K9.

The unit's trained dogs positively identified the illegal drugs concealed inside an LBC package carried by a certain Paulalyn N. Magtalas, 21 years old and a resident of Brgy. Macanaya, Aparri, Cagayan.

PCG: Elements of BFAR MCS 3009 intercepted a motor banca carrying undocumented logs at vicinity seawaters of Sangali, Zamboanga City last Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

M/bca Busay Express, a cargo/passenger vessel owned and operated by Sambas Hamonnoh, 42 years old and residentof Purok 4, Taluksangay, Zamboanga City, was intercepted carrying different dimensions of flitch and round logs. Upon inspection, PCG also found following violations:

Philippine Coast Guard Vice Commandant for Operations RADM LUIS M TUASON JR with UNTV Vice President for Adminstration, Mr. Jerry Panghulan signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) aired over UNTV morning show today, 19 June 2014.

The MOA is part of the network's 10th year anniversary celebration and PCG is one of the participating agencies. Both parties will have collaboration on rescue operations and capability enhancement.

COMMO JOSELITO F DELA CRUZ PCG, Chief of Coast Guard Staff led the turn-over ceremony of the Special Service Office (SSO) at the Officer's Lounge today, 18 June 2014.

LCDR JULIAN S BAYAWA PCG assumed as the new Commander of SSO while ENS MARK FRANKLIN A LIM II  was designated as the unit's Deputy Commander.

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena led the oath taking ceremony of the newly appointed draftees at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard this afternoon, June 16. 

Vice Admiral Isorena congratulated the new set of Coast Guard draftees for successfully passing the screening and selection process which serves as their Pre-Coast Guardsman’s Course training.

He also reminded that as official PCG draftees, they should exert the best of their abilities in every tasks they are given because it will eventually give a significant contribution to the success not only to the organization but also to their personal and career growth.

PCG: Commodore William Melad PCG, Commander of Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV), has recently lauded the efforts of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Ubay for successfully rescuing 17 passengers, 33 crews members and 7 rolling cargoes onboard M/V Lady of Guadalupe- Cebu which ran aground at vicinity 100 yards north of Port Ubay in Bohol on June 11.


Reports from CGSS Ubay revealed that while said vessel was navigating bound to Bato, Leyte, her speed suddenly decreased to three (3) knots and subsequently went dead on water.   He then decided to stop the main engine but unfortunately ran aground at the shallow apart of the waters.


Immediately, the skipper of the vessel, Capt. Epitacio Sevilleta reported the incident to the Coast Guard thru VHF radio and requested for necessary rescue assistance.


PCG: Three local tourists, two of whom were teenagers, were found dead by the Coast Guard at the vicinity waters of Madrigal Private Resort in Calatagan, Batangas on two separate days last week.

The three (3) victims identified as Ronald Cordero, 46; Therise Cordero, 18; and Jiso Pinto, 17, were reportedly walking along the break waters of said resort in Barangay Bagong Silang last June 12 when they were swept by big waves off to the deep portion of the sea.

Upon receipt of report from a certain Nora Alvarez, resident of said Barangay, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Calatagan immediately proceeded to the area to render necessary assistance.

PCG: Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cavite and several of its sub stations are conducting search and rescue operation for a missing fisherman whose boat was hit by an unidentified cargo vessel last Saturday, 07 June 2014.

CGS Cavite disclosed that they have received a report last Sunday from the Brgy Captain of Julugan 3, Tanza, Cavite informing that an unidentified cargo vessel hit F/B Leonard 3. While one of the fishermen named Alberto Sagayno was rescued, another remains missing up to this date.

The victim was identified as Albert Pacumio, male, 48 years old of Tanza, Cavite.

Coast Guard Station Zamboanga, local police recover pawikan in Sta. Cruz Island

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga and 901st Maritime Police have recovered an endangered Hawksbill Turtle from two fishermen at the vicinity waters of Sta. Cruz Island last Saturday, June 07. 

The 18 inch turtle, commonly known as "pawikan" was found onboard the motor pump boat of the two fishermen while the joint team was conducting a seaborne patrol at the area.

PCG: US Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Philip S Goldberg recently paid a visit to the Headquarters of Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last 05 June 2014.

Commander of CGDPAL, Commodore Enrico Efren A Evangelista along with his officers and staff gave a briefing highlighting various operations conducted and other activities related to PCG functions. Likewise, Goldberg also discussed possible training assistance the US government can offer to further enhance Coast Guard capabilities.

PCG: Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL) has sent one of its personnel to Pag-asa Elementary School in the Municipality of Kalayaan to augment the existing teaching staff  as classes opened yesterday, June 06.

By virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr of the Municipality of Kalayaan and COMMO ENRICO EFREN A EVANGELISTA PCG, Commander of CGDPAL, Apprentice Seaman (ASN) Oliver M Mazo PCG was transported by a Philippine Navy Islander to Pag-asa Island in time for the start of school year.

PCG: The Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) of the Philippine Coast Guard exchanged a Memorandum of Agreement with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) to provide trainings to PCG personnel and continue as partners in combating oil spill incidents in the country.

The exchange of the said memorandum was held during the celebration of MEPCOM’s 16th Founding Anniversary at the Coast Guard Base Farola, Farola Compound, Binondo, Manila last 05 June.

PCG: The search and rescue (SAR) team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Isabela has successfully rescued 153 passengers of a passenger/cargo vessel which ran aground along the vicinity waters of Fuego-Fuego Beach, Isabela City, Basilan last Sunday, 01 June.

Initial reports received by Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga from a certain Mr. Elardo Pandangan, Operations Manager of Ibnerizam Shipping Lines Incorporated, revealed that MV Jadestar Legacy was enroute to Zamboanga City Pier from Port of Isabela City in Basilan when it accidentally ran aground.

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena leads the oath taking of the newly promoted Captains this morning. Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya approved the promotion of Commander Rafael Jackson Bellen, Charlie Rances, Luisito Sibayan, Juan Manuel Ramos Jr, Joseph Coyme, Rommel Supangan and Roben De Guzman to the rank of captain last May 9, 2014.

PCG: A total of undocumented 20 drums of gasoline and 30 liters of diesel were confiscated by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Brooke’s Point from an unmarked motor launch in Bataraza, Palawan last Friday, May 30. 

Information received by CGS Brooke’s Point revealed that said motor launch was arriving from Malaysia loaded with fuel oil and other taxable items. 

The joint team of CGS Brooke’s Point, Field Station Palawan, K9 Palawan and Bantay Dagat immediately conducted a maritime patrol at the shoreline of Purok 2, Barangay Inogbong in Bataraza while the personnel from Naval Intelligence Security Group, Marine Corps and Marine Battalion Landing Team took the land route to verify the veracity of said report.