PCG receives patrol boat, x-ray machine from Japan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019   •   205

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has received a patrol boat and an x-ray inspection machine from the Embassy of Japan.

A ceremony for the turnover of the 15-meter patrol boat and x-ray inspection machine was held at the PCG Headquarters on Monday at the Port Area in Manila.

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Joel Garcia said the equipment will help further enhance the country’s maritime safety, security and law enforcement, as well as marine environmental protection and maritime search and rescue.

Garcia added the 15-meter patrol boat, which runs at 29 knots with up to 14-passenger capacity, is suitable for quick response operations and retrieval operations. It isalso capable to accosting alleged terrorists, intruders, and poachers within the Philippine territory.

The x-ray inspection machine, on the other hand, is a compact and battery-operated equipment suitable for inspection in high or narrow places. It is controlled using a remote with a distance of up to 20 meters and provides real-time inspection images.

According to Garcia, the donation is part of the Japanese government’s promise to President Rodrigo Duterte that they would help strengthen the country’s efforts against terrorism and piracy in its domain.

“Our strong cooperation with Japan aids our efforts in preventing terror attacks, specifically kidnap for ransom within Philippine waters which, not only enhances maritime security, but also increases the number of economic undertakings in the region,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister Masahiro Nakata of the embassy’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said that Japan is looking forward to boost its strategic relations with the Philippines on evolving challenges in the future, specifically in protecting its territorial waters and marine resources.

“Our commitment to the Philippines is far from over. Rest assured that we will further support the operations of the PCG by providing high-quality assets and by instilling the latest maritime know-hows to its technical personnel,” Nakata said.

Bags of smuggled cigarettes seized in Sulu – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Three bags containing alleged smuggled cigarettes from Malaysia were seized in a vessel at the Port of Jolo, Sulu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

The PCG said the bags of cigarettes were found on board a ship en route to Zamboanga City on December 2.

Based on its inventory, the bags contained a total of 77 reams of menthol cigarettes estimated to have a market value of P30,800.

The PCG said its personnel confiscated the items after no one appeared to claim to be its owner following a random inspection on the vessel.

The seized items were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Jolo for further investigation.

Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ strands over 6,500 passengers in various ports

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 6,000 passengers were left stranded in various ports in the country as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) continues to dump rains in parts of Luzon and the Visayas.

Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), as of 8 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 3), a total of 6,523 passengers were stranded in various port terminals in Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Southern Visayas.

Operations of a total 1,611 rolling cargoes, 127 vessels, and 63 motorbancas were also temporarily suspended due to the inclement weather condition.

Around 247 vessels and 142 motorbancas, meanwhile, took shelter as of Tuesday morning.

The PCG also posted photos on its Facebook page on its efforts to evacuate residents from coastal areas as ‘Tisoy’ continues to pummel parts of the country.

Among those evacuated were some residents from Isla Puting Bato in Tondo, Manila.

LOOK: The PCG Team assisted evacuees of Isla Puting Bato, Tondo, Manila and brought them to Delpan Evacuation Center in…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, 2 December 2019

Some 2,000 residents from municipalities of Buhi and Caramoan in Camarines Sur were also evacuated.

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Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, 2 December 2019

Meanwhile, the PCG reiterated its advisory that no vessel will be allowed to sail when a tropical cyclone warning signal is raised in an area due to big waves and strong winds brought about by the typhoon.

Liwanen wins gold in 63-kg folk wrestling event, PCG’s Mosqueda wins silver in 57-kg

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

Estie Gay Liwanen (L) and PCG PO3 Jenilou Mosqueda (R)

Estie Gay Liwanen wrestled her way for the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games kurash, or folk wrestling, 63-kg category on Sunday (December 1) at the Laus Group Event Centre, Pampanga.

Meanwhile, a member of the Philippine Coastguard (PCG) PO3 Jenilou Mosqueda managed to bag the silver medal in the 57-kg category.

Helen Dawa won the bronze medal in the 52-kg category while Jayson Senales also nabbed a bronze medal in the 90-kg.—AAC

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