The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) towed a half-submerged motorbanca, KENN STEPHANIE at the vicinity waters off Pandan Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro yesterday, 24 September 2021.

While underway from Coron, Palawan going to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, the distressed motorbanca encountered big waves and a strong current that damaged its bow, causing it to half submerge.

The five crew members and one shipper survived the incident, but the seven carabaos and four cows on board the distressed motorbanca died due to drowning.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has responded to a maritime incident involving a RoRo / passenger ship, MV LITE FERRY 3 that submerged after having trouble while conducting a docking maneuver at Ormoc Port, Ormoc City, Leyte at around 11:50 p.m. yesterday, 24 September 2021.

Upon arrival at the incident area, the PCG sighted that the said vessel was already listed on its starboard side (right).

At around 12:05 a.m. today, 25 September 2021, the PCG launched a search and rescue (SAR) operation to rescue the 16 crew members who were on board the distressed vessel when the maritime incident occurred.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to establish an airbase in Negros Occidental after the successful signing of the deed of usufruct between PCG District Western Visayas Deputy Commander, CG Captain Ludovico Librilla (DSC) and donor, Mr. Manuel Lamata yesterday, 23 September 2021.

Mr. Lamata offered an approximately 30,000-square-meter parcel of his land located at Barangay Luna, Cadiz, Negros Occidental for the said infrastructure project necessary for the delivery of Coast Guard service through aerial assets in the Western Visayas region.

“The airbase will allow the PCG to conduct aircraft landing, refueling, and restocking of materials for logistical missions, such as search and rescue (SAR) operations, reconnaissance, aerial surveys, and aerial domain awareness,” CG Captain Librilla said.

This is the remark of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Vice Admiral Leopoldo V Laroya to the newly-appointed PCG non-officers, newly-appointed PCG officers via Recall to Active Uniformed Service (RAUS), and newly-commissioned PCG officers today, 23 September 2021.

Addressing the newly-appointed non-officers, composed of 11 athletes, CG Vice Admiral Laroya directed them to take part in improving the overall well-being of PCG personnel, especially amid the global pandemic.

“You are selected for a specific purpose so we hope that you will do your job well in enhancing the physical well-being of our personnel and teach them as well some combative sports for their self-defense, especially so that we are a law enforcement agency,” the Coast Guard Commandant added.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has responded to a maritime incident involving a fishing vessel, FV ST. PETER THE FISHERMAN II (GT: 148.37) with 31 fishermen on board that reportedly sank between the vicinity waters off Tanguingui Island in Northern Cebu and Gigantes Island in Iloilo today, 24 September 2021.

FV ST. PETER THE FISHERMAN II skippered by Captain Frankie Chavez and owned by Tristar Fishing Corporation sank due to strong winds and big waves prevailing at the said vicinity waters.

The PCG in Western Visayas immediately deployed BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) and PCG-manned BFAR vessel, MCS-3010 to conduct search and rescue operations.