PCG deploys K9 teams to assist in rescue operations at Cebu mining pit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020   •   705

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed K9 teams to assist in the rescue operations in Toledo City, Cebu after a mining pit collapsed.

Commander of the Coast Guard K9 Force Commodore Nelson Torre initially dispatched one K9 team that specializes in search and rescue (SAR) operations. The team was composed of four personnel and two working dogs.

“We have several SAR K9 teams on standby in Manila for further deployment, if necessary. We are already coordinating the issuance of their health clearances so they may safely and swiftly travel to Cebu right after augmentation request from the CDRRMO,” he said.

Additional K9 teams from the Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas arrived in Toledo City Tuesday evening (December 22). AAC

PH Coast Guard sends supplies to residents of Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said it delivered fishing gears and basic supplies to Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan in Palawan over the weekend.

In a statement, PCG spokesperson Commodore Armando Balilo said they turned over the supplies to the local government of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in line with the efforts of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to support the operations of local fishermen in remote territories.

The PCG also ferried provisions for its personnel and policemen stationed on the island.

“Relieving personnel were also transported to provide sufficient rest period to deployed law enforcement teams which is necessary in upholding public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Balilo said.

PCG Commandant, Admiral Leopoldo Laroya said their routine mission in the country’s maritime zones is part of the agency’s commitment to the government’s whole-of-nation approach in safeguarding national interests through rules-based and peaceful approach.

While on their way to Pag-asa Island, the PCG said it monitored a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel approximately one to two nautical miles away from their vessel but it did not issue a radio challenge.

Pag-asa Island is located some 450 kilometers west of Palawan. It is home to a civilian community and a military outpost.

The presence of Chinese vessels near the island has been reported amid tensions between Manila and Beijing over territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea.

PCG launches second 97-meter ship in Japan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday launched its second 97-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV), the largest in its fleet, at the Shimonoseki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan.

In a statement, the PCG said the vessel was acquired by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the PCG under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase II.

“These MRRV’s modeled after the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Kunigami-class vessels are expected to improve the PCG’s maritime security and maritime safety capabilities,” the coast guard said.

The PCG said that each of the new MRRVs has a maximum speed of not less than 24 knots, and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles.

The ships are capable of conducting sustained maritime patrols in the country’s maritime jurisdictions, including the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.

“The two vessels will significantly boost the capabilities of the PCG in conducting maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations,” the PCG said.

The first MRRV was launched in the same shipyard on July 26, 2021. It is expected to arrive in Manila by March 2022 while the second vessel will follow months later.

33 individuals apprehended in Cavite waters for illegal fishing – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it has apprehended 33 individuals allegedly engaging in illegal fishing operations in waters off Cavite City.

In a report, the PCG said the local fishermen were on board seven motorbancas from Tangos, Navotas City.

They were caught while conducting actual trawl fishing activity 2.5 nautical miles off Sangley Point on November 9, it added.

“They were informed that they violated Cavite City Ordinance Number 06 – 3149 Section 2 (Trawl and Fine Mesh Net Fishing Inside Municipal Waters),” the coast guard said.

The PCG said the apprehended motorbancas were brought to the impounding areas at Barangay 49-M Akasya, Cavite City for proper documentation and filing of appropriate charges.

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