The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participated in the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, from 20 to 22 September 2022.

Issues discussed during the meeting were approaches to realizing the ASEAN Single Shipping Market through implementing the agreed strategies and measures and strengthening the RO-RO (roll on-roll off) shipping network operation in the ASEAN region.

The representatives also identified the training needs of member countries to improve transport safety in the region and intensify regional cooperation in developing sustainable transport-related policies and strategies.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Sub-Station Rio Tuba responded to a maritime incident involving half-submerged fishing banca "Omar" at the vicinity waters off Sitio Tagdalungon, Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan, on 17 September 2022.

The two fishermen were identified as 50-year-old Marsan Bedro and 25-year-old Amsari Tiddok, residents of Barangay Sarong, Bataraza.

The Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) vessel rescued them after being battered by strong winds and big waves.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will advocate banning single-use plastic among its personnel as one of its efforts to uphold marine environmental protection.

PCG Spokesperson, CG Commodore Armando Balilo, shared the directive with the media during the National Maritime Week 2022 Press Conference spearheaded by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) today, 19 September 2022.

According to CG Commodore Balilo, PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu shall direct fellow Coast Guardians to comply with the said order to lessen the negative impact of single-use plastic on the country's seas.

As one of its pre-anniversary activities, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)'s Maritime Safety Services Command (MSSC) spearheaded the planting of 3,000 mangrove propagules in Tondo, Manila on 13 September 2022.

Approximately 100 volunteers supported the said marine environmental protection initiative.

During the activity, MSSC Commander, CG Rear Admiral Joseph Coyme, emphasized the importance of mangroves in addressing global warming as they form a buffer zone or coastal defense during rising sea level and flash floods.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Sub-Station Tanza responded to a maritime incident involving half-submerged M/bca "Mommy Yolls" with two fishermen onboard at the vicinity waters off Labac, Naic, Cavite, yesterday, 21 September 2022.

The rescued individuals were identified as 52-year-old George Gapate and 18-year-old Rodolfo Tulibas, residents of Barangay 49M, Bagong Pook, Cavite City.

They encountered big waves while transiting the vicinity waters off Labac, which damaged their motorbanca's hull.