Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Davao Oriental and Special Operation Unit - Southeastern Mindanao kicked off the ten-day lifeguard training for 24 beach resort personnel at Barangay Baculin, Baganga, Davao Oriental on 31 May 2021 to 10 June 2021.
The course covered first aid, bandaging, basic life support, proper transport of casualties, fundamentals in the lifeguard service, outboard motors familiarization, rubber boat familiarization, and knot tying.
The ten-day lifeguard training is supported by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) of Baganga, Langoyon Beach Resort, and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) of Mati City.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has joined an interactive online lecture on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with a focus on maritime security, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Technical Cooperation Project and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on 01 June 2021.
The lecture was intended for PCG personnel to deepen their understanding of international law and improve their maritime security capability, particularly in the conduct of maritime security missions of frontline operational assets, such as the acquired multi-role response vessels (MRRVs), especially in its patrol in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
A total of 50 participants attended the lecture, including frontline officers engaged in maritime security, such as Commanding and Executive Officers of MRRVs and other patrol vessels, students of Senior Executive Course, and in-charge in maritime security functions.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr has commended Seaman Second Class (SN2) Julius Gibran Abundol III for exercising maximum tolerance during an encounter with an armed civilian who disguised himself as a disabled person on crutches to ask for money from passengers at the EDSA Carousel Ortigas Avenue Station at around 05:22 p.m. of 31 May 2021.
“SN2 Abundol modeled compassionate public service that I repeatedly urge our personnel to exercise. The armed civilian may have caused fear among the general public, but he remains a fellow Filipino who deserves compassion,” Admiral Ursabia expressed.
“Despite the danger of said incident, SN2 Abundol maintained his alertness and presence of mind, allowing him to successfully disarm the civilian, with the help of fellow I-ACT marshals. We applauded his exercise of maximum tolerance and compassion as he extended financial assistance to the civilian after the incident,” the Coast Guard Commandant added.