The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has confirmed the increasing presence of Filipino fishermen on Pag-asa Island.
During the deployment of the largest Coast Guard contingent in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) from 12 to 14 May 2022, they monitored around 25 Filipino fishing boats conducting fishing activities on the island's vicinity waters.
The PCG checked their condition and provided relief supplies and COVID-19 kits to support their fishing operations.
Alam nyo ba na ang Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), ang civilian volunteer force na siyang katuwang ng PCG, ay mas pinalakas at pinalawig sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Sa kasalukuyan, nasa 19,767 ang miyembro ng PCGA, kung saan 19,510 dito ay PCG Regular Auxiliarists at 257 ang PCG Executive Auxiliarists na binubuo ng mga fishermen, boat owners, operators, at community leaders na boluntaryong nakiisa sa ahensiya at boluntaryong ibinibigay ang kanilang oras at kakayahan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan at komunidad.
ANO NGA BA ANG LAYUNIN NG PCGA?
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues to add to its growing personnel as it trains additional crew this year to expand its roster after Transportation Secretary Art Tugade initiated its modernization in 2016.
Now more than 22,000 strong, the PCG workforce is expected to grow over 24,000 this year as 1,757 individuals are expected to complete their training. The existing number of Coast Guard personnel has vastly increased at the start of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration six years ago with only 8,500 members, and a huge growth compared to measly 2,500 personnel in 1998.
Secretary Tugade has initiated the PCG’s modernization in terms of assets and personnel, including the strengthening of the Coast Guard workforce targeted to be 35,000 strong in the future.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) successfully installed five 30-FOOT-LONG NAVIGATIONAL BUOYS CARRYING THE PHILIPPINE FLAG in four critical islands in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) – Lawak Island, Likas Island, Parola Island, and Pag-asa Island.
Today, 18 May 2022, PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu led the arrival ceremony for the five Coast Guard vessels that laid out the SYMBOLS OF COASTAL STATE ADMINISTRATION in the said vicinity waters from 12 to 14 May 2022.
These included BRP Corregidor (AE-891), BRP Bojeador (AE-46), BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), BRP Capones (MRRV-4407), and Tug Boat Habagat (TB-271).
Sabay na sumasabak sa Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training ang 29 na Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel at 24 na Philippine Army (PA) personnel at reservists sa General Santos City!
Sa limang araw na pagsasanay na nagsimula noong ika-16 ng Mayo 2022, tinatalakay ang Basic Life Support (BLS), water safety, search and rescue (SAR), at survival techniques tuwing may aksidente sa karagatan.
Sumasailalim din sila sa Rubber Boat Operation and Maintenance (RBOM) training.