Off-duty PCG officer who saved 62 lives onboard ill-fated vessel to receive 2020 IMO Award for exceptional bravery at sea
Probationary Ensign (P/Ens) Ralph Ofalla Barajan, off-duty Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officer who ensured the safety of 62 lives, including his own onboard ill-fated passenger vessel, MV Siargao Princess in the waters of Cebu on 07 November 2019, will receive the distinguished 2020 International Maritime Organization - IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
The IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is an annual international recognition for individuals who performed acts of exceptional bravery – risking their own lives to ensure safety of life at sea, or to prevent or mitigate marine environmental damages.
Upon comprehensive review of the nomination submitted by Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Honorable Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo, the IMO Panel of Judges, under the Chairmanship of IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, decided to bestow said award to P/Ens Barajan.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally inaugurates its first quarantine facility that can accommodate up to 224 PCG frontline personnel last 10 October 2020.
Department of Transportation - Philippines (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, together with PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr, led the inauguration of the quarantine facility dedicated to PCG frontline personnel who have contracted COVID-19 in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.
However, Secretary Tugade said that PCG is ready to accommodate ordinary citizens, if and when the need arises.
The Surface Support Force of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, held another TACTICAL COMBAT CASUALTY CARE TRAINING to further enhance the knowledge and skills of Coast Guard sailors in providing emergency care during disaster response and maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations on 10 - 11 September 2020.
Experts from the U.S. Army inculcated basic principles, concepts, and theories of urgent care under fire delivered through classroom instruction actual scenarios to ensure the 22 Coast Guard medical personnel assigned in PCG’s floating assets, law enforcement teams, and special operations units improved their expertise in saving lives.
During the two-day training, students and instructors complied with the minimum health standards and other safety protocols for everyone’s protection against COVID-19.