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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to establish an Aviation Rescue Swimmer Training Facility and a PCG Regional Training Center in Dipaculao, Aurora, following the signing of the deed of donation between the PCG and the Municipal Government of Dipaculao yesterday, 22 November 2021.

PCG Deputy Commandant for Operations, CG Vice Admiral Eduardo D Fabricante and Dipaculao Mayor Danilo A. Tolentino formally signed the agreement for the PCG's utilization of a 20,000-square-meter lot located at Barangay Mijares for the implementation of the said PCG infrastructure projects anchored on its modernization program.

Once fully operational, the CGAF Aviation Rescue Swimmer Training Facility will support the capability enhancement programs of the Command to ensure that its officer and personnel remain effective in performing maritime search and rescue.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has replenished fishing gears and basic supplies in Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan, Palawan on 20 November 2021.

PCG Spokesperson, CG Commodore Armando A Balilo said BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) of the PCG Task Force Pagsasanay (PCGTF-P) turned over said items to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in support of the thrust of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to support the operations of local fishermen especially those in remote territories such as the KIG. It also ferried provisions for the PCG and Philippine National Police (PNP) stations in the area.

“Relieving personnel were also transported to provide sufficient rest period to deployed law enforcement teams which is necessary in upholding public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” CG Commodore Balilo added.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has rescued seven passengers onboard a distressed motorbanca at the vicinity waters off Biri, Northern Samar on 18 November 2021.

The passengers departed from Tabaco, Albay going to San Isidro, Northern Samar when the shaft connected to the propeller accidentally broke, causing the propeller to malfunction.

The motorbanca was towed to Balwharteco Port in Allen, Northern Samar, while the rescued passengers were brought to the PCG Station Northern Samar for further assistance and investigation.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) have conducted joint communication and anti-piracy exercises in Sibutu Passage, Tawi-Tawi on 18 November 2021.

Joining the said initiative were BRP Bagacay (MRRV-4410) and BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) from the PCG, and JCGS Tsugaru (PLH-02) with its carrier helicopter from the JCG.

Upon arrival at the vicinity waters, the PCG and JCG performed radio communication between the JCG helicopter and PCG vessels. An anti-piracy operation was also demonstrated wherein the JCG helicopter searched for suspicious boats and reported them to the PCG and JCG through vessel communication. The said initiative served as an opportunity for the PCG and JCG to discuss best practices and learn from each other.

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