Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr welcomed Coast Guard officers with a message full of gratitude and hope for a better and world-class PCG during the New Year's Call at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila yesterday, 07 January 2021.
Despite the hybrid set-up as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Admiral Ursabia was able to touch the hearts and minds of all Coast Guard officers and their loved ones who participated in the annual celebration to formally welcome 2021 with great vision for the organization.
"We are so blessed that God has chosen the PCG as His instrument to make His greatness be extended to the people we serve. Last year, God has transformed the COVID-19 threat as an opportunity for us to better serve our people. Despite our weaknesses, we were able to surpass resistance as we keep our strong faith in Him," Admiral Ursabia shared while reminiscing the vast challenges the PCG experienced in the past year.
PORT AREA, MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is preparing for possible augmentation of the Manila local government unit (LGU) security force that will be dispatched in managing Black Nazarene devotees who will visit the City on 09 January 2021 in celebration of 'Traslacion 2021'.
Despite the decision of Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno to cancel the annual gathering of millions of devotees as a precautionary measure amid the ongoing pandemic, the PCG ensures its personnel and assets are all-set for immediate deployment, upon request of the Manila LGU.
PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr directed the Coast Guard District National Capital Region – Central Luzon (CGDNCR-CL) Commander, Commodore Charlie Q Rances to muster its security personnel and inspect land and floating assets that may be utilized in supporting the implementation of city-wide health protocols and safety measures against the threat of COVID-19.
During the oath-taking ceremony of six newly-promoted Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officers, Department of Transportation - Philippines (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade challenged them to have firmer and stronger resolve to be loyal to the country, flag, president, and God Almighty.
"In your own ways, as you get promoted, help make this country a better place to live in. Bilang pasasalamat sa ating Pangulo na nag-approve ng inyong promotion, gawin ninyo nang dapat at sukdulan ang inyong katungkulan," Secretary Tugade exhorted.
Instead of holding a general oath-taking session to save time and effort, the DOTr Secretary intentionally administered individual oath-taking sessions with the six promotees to sincerely express his felicitations and gratitude for their personal sacrifices as public servants.