The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Basilan has apprehended a motorized banca loaded with smuggled cigarettes in the vicinity waters off Lakit Island, Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan, on 24 September 2022.
The estimated market value of the seized contraband was Php 2.85 million.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and PCG Station Basilan conducted joint inventory after the motorbanca was towed to the PCG Sub-Station Maluso yesterday, 25 September 2022.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)'s Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) planted 500 mangrove propagules in Tondo, Manila, yesterday, 23 September 2022.
Two hundred participants from the public and private sectors supported the marine environmental protection initiative, including the Office of the Vice President (OVP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), PCG Auxiliary (PCGA), Anti-Crime and Community Emergency Response Team (ACCERT), Petron, SeaOil, and Heirs of the World Incorporated.
According to Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Marine Environmental Protection (CG-9), CG Captain Lazaro Ernesto Valdez, the initiative was one of the PCG's pre-anniversary activities as it will celebrate its 121st founding anniversary next month.
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.