Here is the lineup of activities for the 22nd National Maritime Week celebration hosted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Amid the global pandemic, the Department of Transportation - Philippines (DOTr) Maritime Sector, composed of the PCG, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and the rest of maritime stakeholders observe this week-long celebration to recognize the INVALUABLE ROLE OF SEAFARERS in local and international maritime industries.

In a bid to make the Philippines the CREW CHANGE CAPITAL IN THE WORLD, the DOTr Maritime Sector has implemented various initiatives to promote the welfare of the said key workers.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has promoted four crew members of BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) on 17 September 2021.

BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402)’s Commanding Officer, CG Commander Antonio B Sontillanosa Jr led the donning and oath-taking ceremonies of CG Ensign Apple Mae N Magallanes, CG Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Mark Joseph J Gayol, CG PO2 Darrel M Foliente, and CG PO3 Rhayman C Ng aboard the said vessel.

CG Commander Santillanosa congratulated the newly-promoted members of his crew and urged them to become better Coast Guardians by delivering more efficient public service, especially amid the global pandemic.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally opens the celebration of the 22nd National Maritime Week through a virtual conference today, 20 September 2021.

PCG Commandant, CG Vice Admiral Leopoldo V Laroya led the virtual opening ceremony. He expressed his sincere gratitude to participating stakeholders who, despite the global pandemic, keep up the momentum and aspiration in implementing strategies that improve the growth of the Philippine maritime industry.

“The government, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has been unceasingly modernizing the Philippine Coast Guard. We can now boast that our PCG is equipped with response vessels that can assist during search and rescue operations, and during maritime safety and security patrol operations,” the Coast Guard Commandant said.

In a unanimous decision penned by Justice Alex L. Quiroz, Chairperson of the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan, the anti-graft court acquitted retired Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral Wilfredo D. Tamayo of the charge for violation of Section 3 (e) of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Associate Justice Lorifel L. Pahimna and Associate Justice Bayani H. Jacinto concurred with the decision.

The Sandiganbayan magistrates said in the Decision promulgated on 17 September 2021 that “The Prosecution’s documentary evidence i.e. the Inspection and Acceptance Report and the inventory (TF SMART Equipment), together with the testimony of Lieutenant Alvarez could not support the conviction of the accused. As such, this Court finds that the accused, as a matter of course, is entitled to an acquittal.”

This is Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Vice Admiral Leopoldo V Laroya during the opening ceremony of the 22nd National Maritime Week celebration yesterday, 20 September 2021.

As the host for this year’s celebration, the PCG intends to recognize the significant role of the maritime sector in the country’s maritime security, maritime safety, and marine environmental protection.