The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has inaugurated its first-ever search and rescue (SAR) base in the country situated in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte yesterday, 12 May 2021.

The PCG Base Siargao is a 600-square-meter and four-story building constructed in a 5,000-square-meter lot in Siargao Island donated by the provincial government. It is equipped with an automatic identification system (AIS) monitoring equipment, watch tower, helipad, and an elevated base defense zone, among others.

During the ceremony, Admiral Ursabia shared the challenges that the PCG encountered in pursuit of the first-ever PCG SAR base located in a world-class tourist destination in the country.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Marine Environmental Protection Force in Southeastern Mindanao and University of Immaculate Concepcion (UIC) conducted water quality monitoring at Sasa Wharf, Davao City on 07 May 2021.

Said initiative was part of the 'PortEC Project', a multi-sectoral, multi-agency, and multi-regional project to establish baselines for Philippine ports in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The project aims to obtain an all-encompassing baselines by exhaustively looking at marine species present in Philippine ports using ecological, microbiological, and environmental DNA approaches.

While conducting maritime patrol, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) apprehended a fishing vessel with 20 fishermen on board who were illegally fishing at approximately 5.9 miles northwest off Barangay Lubid Island, Cuyo, Palawan on 05 May 2021.

During boarding inspection, the vessel was identified as FB NATHAN owned and operated by YYN Fishing Corporation in Jaro, Iloilo City.

The fishermen were informed that they violated Municipal Ordinance No. 2016 – 1564 and Municipal Ordinance No. 2015 – 1520 for operating within the municipal waters of Cuyo without appropriate permits and for fishing within 10 kilometers from the shoreline of said municipality.