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).

Ito ang hamon ni Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu sa 1,325 trainees na sasailalim sa Coast Guard Non-Officer’s Course (CGNOC) sa PCG regional training centers sa Taguig, La Union, at Zamboanga.

Bago sumabak sa anim na buwang pagsasanay, nagsama-sama ang mga trainees ng CGNOC Class 90, Class 91, at Class 92 sa Pier 13, Port Area, Manila para sa JOINT OATH-TAKING AT CONVENING CEREMONY kahapon, ika-16 ng Mayo 2022.

“It is expected of every Coast Guard personnel to be an individual of character. I want to emphasize the importance of discipline and obedience. You need to learn and cultivate the culture of respect, trust, teamwork, and good human relations,” ani CG Admiral Abu.

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu, graced the send-off ceremony for the four vessels participating in the Regional Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) 2022 in the vicinity waters off Makassar, Indonesia from 22 to 29 May 2022.

“This maritime exercise directly impacts doctrines, training, capability development, and strategies that we may utilize in future undertakings. The PCG will participate in the MARPOLEX 2022 to strengthen our oil spill response and management capability, and strengthen our relationship and interoperability with the Coast Guards of Indonesia and Japan,” CG Admiral Abu said.

The PCG’s largest vessel to date, BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701), will join the said maritime exercise as its first deployment after being commissioned into the Coast Guard service on 06 May 2022.