The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has solidified its resolve as the third armed service of the Republic of the Philippines with the signing of the tripartite mechanism to further enhance interoperability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the PCG during internal and external security operations in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on 23 July 2021.

Gracing the ceremony via virtual modality, PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr emphasized that said mechanism is the best legacy that they could leave behind in securing the nation for mankind’s sake. 

“The formulation of the tripartite mechanism was built from the ground by men in uniformed services who selflessly served jointly with our peers for years, and further stimulated and sustained at the policy side,” Admiral Ursabia said.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducted the graduation ceremony of the Coast Guard Non-Officers' Course (CGNOC) Class 83 - 2020 “HINIRANG”, composed of 226 trainees, after successfully finishing their rigid training and academic sessions at the PCG Regional Training Center Zamboanga on 16 July 2021. 

Gracing the ceremony was PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr who congratulated the graduates and urged them to become role models to the young generation, especially those who envision to join the humanitarian armed service in the future.

"Be role models and inspire them. Do not waste this opportunity. Be good and excellent Coast Guardians and above all, be genuine PCG: patriotic, compassionate, and God-fearing," Admiral Ursabia said. 

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Surigao del Norte assisted distressed passenger vessel, MV VINCE GABRIEL 4 carrying 49 passengers and eight crew members at the vicinity waters off Bayagnan Island, Surigao City yesterday, 22 July 2021.

The PCG dispatched a Deployable Response Group (DRG), composed of personnel from the PCG Station Surigao del Norte and PCG Special Operations Unit – Northeastern Mindanao, on board PCG Patrol Boat (PB) - 151 to conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations.

The PCG team sighted MV VINCE GABRIEL 4 and coordinated with its master who decided to move at a slow speed until it reached its port of destination without further untoward incidents.

Joint law enforcement operatives apprehended a ten-wheeler truck for transporting 477 pieces of illegally cut hardwood lumber amounting approximately ₱794,000 at Surigao Baseport, Surigao City on 18 July 2021.

The hardwood lumber, locally known as ‘lauan’, were loaded at Cortes, Surigao del Sur bound for Cebu City on board a RoRo vessel.

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Surigao del Norte, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted joint inspection and found out that the hardwood lumber were intentionally concealed using several pieces of coco lumber.

In an effort to strengthen its commitment and support to the Accessibility Law, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr signed Memorandum Circular No. 01-21 relating to the mainstreaming of accessibility perspective and senior citizens' concerns in to the regular activities of the PCG on 10 June 2021.

Said policy provides guidelines to ensure that the concerns of PWDs and senior citizens are integrated in the formulation and implementation of plans, programs, and projects of the PCG, through the PCG - Task Force on Accessibility (PCG - TFA).

The PCG - TFA is composed of committed advocates of the marginalized sector who actively work towards mainstreaming of accessibility perspective and senior citizens' concerns into the regular programs and activities of the Command.