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Last February 8, 2017, the ECE department held a seminar on Philippine Coast Guard, sponsored

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by the 5 year ECE students The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) (Filipino: Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas)
is an armed and uniformed service tasked primarily with enforcing laws within Philippine waters,
conducting maritime security operations, safeguarding life and property at sea, and protecting marine
environment and resources; similar to coast guards around the world.

It is an agency attached to the Department of Transportation of the Philippines. It currently


maintains a presence throughout the archipelago, with twelve Coast Guard Districts, fifty-four CG
Stations and over one hundred ninety Coast Guard Sub-Stations, from Basco, Batanes to Bongao, Tawi-
Tawi.

The Philippine Coast Guard's major command units include the Coast Guard Fleet (CGFLEET)
[formerly known as the Coast Guard Operating Forces (CGOF)], the Maritime Security & Law
Enforcement Command, Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM), Maritime Safety
Services Command (MSSC) [formerly known as Aids to Navigation Command (ANC)], and the Coast
Guard Education and Training Command (CGETC). Among said major units, the largest of which is the
CGFLEET which has supervision over the Coast Guard Ready Force (Ships and other small crafts), Coast
Guard Aviation Group and the Coast Guard Special Operations Group. The PCG used to be with the
Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Philippine Navy before it was transferred to the Department of
Transportation and Communication or the DOTC.

The PCG is considered as the third armed and uniformed service of the country primarily tasked
with enforcing all applicable laws within the Philippine waters, conducting maritime security operations,
safeguarding of life and property at sea and protecting the marine environment and resources.

Due to the M/V Super Ferry 14 bombing incident in 2004, the PCG activated the Task Force Sea
Marshals a composite team from the PCG, AFP and Philippine National Police. These Sea Marshals ride
on many passenger ferries traveling to and from Manila, and maintain a security presence aboard these
ferries.

The Coast Guard Air Group (CGAG) was formally activated on 18 May 1998 during the
incumbency of Commodore Manuel I de Leon PCG as Commandant, Philippine Coast Guard.
Accordingly, Commander Noel O Monte PCG was designated as its first Commander holding office at
the former PADC Hangar Nr. 3, Domestic Airport Complex, Pasay City.

On 22 January 1999, after eight months of existence, CGAG acquired its first aircraft, a BN
Islander from the Philippine National Oil Company Energy Development Corporation (PNOC EDC).
After six months of intensive inspection and rehabilitation, it was commissioned into Coast Guard service
on 26 June 1999 as PCG251. On June 1999, the first helicopter, a MBB BO-105CB was acquired from
PADC and commissioned with the tail number PCG1636. Another aircraft, a Cessna 421B "Golden
Eagle" was acquired without cost from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management sometime in the early
part of 2000. However, due to budgetary constraints, the aircraft rehabilitation is not yet completed to
date. In the same year, another BN Islander with the tail number PCG684 was acquired. It was
commissioned and activated on June 2002 after it underwent rehabilitation. On 30 March 2001, the helm
of the CGAG was transferred to Captain Lino H Dabi PCG. In search of a bigger home for its growing
inventory, on 21 November 2002, with the support of Pantaleon Alvarez, the Secretary of Transportation
and Communications, the Manila International Airport Authority allowed CGAG to occupy its present
location. Extensive renovation work was undertaken to make the hangar suitable as the nerve center of all
Coast Guard Air Operations. On 28 March 2003, the CGAG acquired another BO-105C helicopter from
PADC, two aircraft carriers were commissioned into the service as PSN-234 and PCG145, and PCG-192
during the Groups 5th Founding Anniversary.

With the intense need to have the capability to extract survivors from water, the said helicopter
was fitted with a rescue hoist through the courtesy of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Another significant milestone unfolded in the history of the group when PCG leadership was turned over
to Vice Admiral Arthur Gosingan PCG. Through the endorsement of the CGOF Commander, Rear
Admiral Damian Carlos PCG in recognizing the importance of the air unit in coast guard operations and
their outstanding accomplishments granted the aviators their most aspired yearning of their careers by
approving the groups position paper on the Command Pilot Rating. This enabled aviators to have an
equal opportunity with officers that acquired a Command at a Sea Badge to assume positions of higher
responsibilities in the Coast Guard hierarchy. Today, the mantle of CGAG was entrusted to Commodore
Aaron T Reconquista PCG.

The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian support group of the Philippine Coast Guard.
Although a volunteer, civilian organization, the PCGA uses a military structure for organizational
purposes. Like other volunteer sea rescue organizations around the world, it performs non-military and
non-police activities in support of its national navy or coast guard. This endeavor includes search and
rescue, environmental protection, disaster relief, community service, and marine safety.
Seminar and Field
Trips
(ECE 511)

Reaction Paper on the Seminar:

Philippine Coast Guard

Submitted by:
Stephen Jhune Buizon
BsECE 5
Submitted to:
Engr. Myra B. Borreros