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.