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PCG: Upon the initiative of the Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao and in partnership with the Coast Guard Civil Relations Service, the Philippine Coast Guard conducted the fourth humanitarian relief operations for almost one thousand (1000) families at Bitio Buadi Itowa, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur today, 20 December 2017 as the continuing effort of the Command to comply with the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to help in the stabilization of the affected places in the said city. 

Aboard BRP Pampanga (SARV-003), relief goods including grocery items, hygiene kits, school supplies, slippers, used clothes, and packed gifts for children were transported from Manila last 18 December around 10:30 P.M. to Port of Iligan with thirty one and a half hours travel time.

With the help of the Department of Social Works and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and PCGA National Directors Office, National Capital Region and Medical Squadron, the conduct of the said relief operations became conducive and organized.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-station Ubay together with Ubay Bantay Dagat and Municipal Fisheries Aquatic Resources Management Council recovered a dead body at the vicinity waters of Tapal, Ubay, Bohol this morning, December 26.

The cadaver was identified as Mr Enelito L Permitez, 31-year old and resident of Brgy Fatima, Ubay, Bohol. He was reported missing after his unregistered motor banca capsized at the vicinity waters of Purok 6, Union, Ubay, Bohol last December 24.

Said motor banca departed Tapal Wharf, Union, Ubay enroute to Sitio Popoo, President Carlos P Garcia Bohol with nine (9) passengers onboard to attend a birthday and Christmas party. While underway at approximately 800 meters away from the wharf, the motor banca suddenly encountered engine trouble and was battered by big waves causing her to capsize.

PCG: The cadaver of missing fishermen of capsized motor banca “ChakChak” which was hit by big waves and strong winds 2 nautical miles off Sitio Naburot, Carles last December 19 was recovered by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Carles at shoreline of Brgy Dayhagan, Pilar, Capiz around 5:00 P.M. yesterday, December 21.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) informed CGSS Carles regarding a cadaver sighted at vicinity waters off the said barangay.

Immediately, the said sub-station coordinated with Philippine National Police (PNP) Pilar and proceeded to the cited area to conduct retrieval operation.

PCG: As a result of ongoing search and rescue operations being conducted by joint SAR team of Coast Guard Station Northern Quezon, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Southern Luzon Command, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), and local volunteers, 166 were rescued, four confirmed casualties were retrieved and 7 remains missing when Motor Vessel (M/V) “Mercraft 3” sunk at 5 nautical miles away from the vicinity waters of Infanta, Quezon between Dinahican Point, Quezon and Agta Point, Polillo Island around 11:27A.M. today, December 21.

Said motor vessel departed Ungos Port around 09:00 A.M. enroute to Polillo Island with 251 passengers including the crew onboard. The identified M/V Mercraft 3 has gross tonnage of 206.27, net tonnage of 61.88 and capacity of 286 passengers.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog Luzon coordinated with Southern Luzon Command in Lucena for the deployment of Navy assets. Likewise, the PCG will also conduct aerial surveillance on the said incident area.

PCG: A total of 60 passengers including the crew were brought to safety by the search and rescue (SAR) team of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Bongao from a distressed motor launch “Nurhidzra” at the vicinity waters of Sitio Subah, Manangkai, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi yesterday, December 20.

Reports disclosed that personnel of CGS Bongao received a call from Mr Muhsin Durje Amil, captain of ML Nurhidzra informing that the vessel encountered steering casualty subsequently and drifted on the shallow area because of strong winds and current. ML Nurhidzra incurred damages to her port side freeboard causing her to take in seawater at the cargo holding area and submerged at her starboard side.

Said motor launch departed Bongao Chinese Pier bound for Languyan, Tawi-Tawi.

PCG. Coast Guard Sub-station Carles is still on search of a 33-year old man who went missing after their vessel, Motorbanca “Chakchak, capsized at the vicinity waters of Sitio Nabunut, Carles, Iloilo yesterday, December 19.

Reports received from Mr Fernan Hermogila, owner of Mbca “Chakchak”, revealed that said motor banca which was loaded with 15 boxes of crushed ice and three persons onboard namely: Ricky Bolahado 18 years old, Rowel Mahusay 22 years old and the victim Johncel Condello 33 years old, all residents of South Gigantes Island, Carles, Iloilo departed Bancal Port bound for Nabunut Island, Carles, Iloilo.

While transiting at the vicinity waters of Nabunut Island, said motorbanca was hit by big waves and strong winds causing her to capsize. Two of them were immediately rescued by a passing motorbanca “Demcel” while Condello was drifted away and went missing.

PCG: 47 passengers including the crew were safely assisted by Coast Guard Sub-station Boracay after a speed boat accidentally collided with Motorbanca “Aveline” while enroute to Coral Garden, Station 2, Aklan last December 18.

Mr Carlo Islita, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office personnel reported the incident to the said sub-station. Immediately, CGSS Boracay-Deployable Response Group (DRG) personnel conducted search and rescue operations and rendered necessary assistance and transferred the crew and passengers who were all Chinese nationals. 

Investigation revealed that said motorbanca departed from Balinghay Snorkling Area, Brgy. Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan for an island hopping activity. Speedboat “Stingray 15” was transiting at 150 meters away from the shoreline of Station 1 enroute to Coral Garden, Station 2, she failed to notice the approaching motorbanca which resulted to a collision.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Glan retrieved the body of a drowned man who went on swimming while under the influence of liquor at the vicinity waters of Campungan Beach Resort, Barangay Tango, Glan, Sarangani Province last December 17.

Initially, the Municipal Police Station of Glan requested for a search and rescue (SAR) operation in the drowning incident upon receiving the report of the said missing person.

According to reports, the victim who was identified as Jhony Diaz, 30 year-old and a resident of Sitio Valencia, Brgy. San Vicente, Banga, South Cotabato, who was in the state of being drunk swam in the deep portion of the beach. He was suddenly battered by big waves and was dragged by the strong current causing him to drown and subsequently went out of sight.

PCG: Four persons onboard fishing banca ”Daniela” composed of two passengers, the boat captain and a crew were rescued by personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Talicud at the vicinity waters off Sitio Baybay, Brgy Sta Cruz, Talicud Island approximately 150 meters away from the shoreline after she accidentally capsized due to an allision incident last December 16.

A concerned citizen named Radja Bajada, 14 year-old and resident of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Talicud Island reported to CGSS Talicud that he sighted a capsized fishing banca at the said vicinity. 

Immediately, CGSS Talicud personnel conducted search and rescue operations and successfully rescued the 4 victims onboard the distressed fishing banca.

The Coast Guard Real Estate Management Office (REMO) organized a seminar on Real Estate Management today, 14 December at the National Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard. The seminar, dubbed as “Documentation of Lighthouse Reservations and CG Bases” is the first in the series of discussions conceptualized by REMO for an efficient real estate management. The objectives of this seminar are:

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will place all its units under heightened alert through launching the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Krismas 2017” program that will kick off from December 18 until January 8 next year as the agency prepares for the expected huge volume of local and foreign shipping passengers this Yuletide Season.

PCG Officer-in-Charge Commodore Joel S Garcia has issued a directive to all Coast Guard units to maintain a high state of readiness and alertness in all port terminals nationwide, beaches, coastal and island resorts. Likewise, all units are reminded to be ready to respond to maritime emergencies.

Based on the marching orders issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P Tugade, PCG has to intensify the inspections on all passengers and their baggage, and to ensure maximum monitoring and security in all critical ports nationwide to attain convenience, orderliness, safety and security of the public who patronize the sea travel.

PCG: Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Mandaue together with the local police and fishermen recovered an unidentified cadaver at vicinity waters of Barangay Pusuk, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu last Friday, December 1.

According to the report received from Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Maritime Unit-7, the lifeless body of an unidentified male wearing black sando and black pants, approximately 45 years of age, more or less five feet tall, with fair complexion, and has a mustache was seen floating at said vicinity.

Immediately, CGSS Mandaue together with PNP and local fishermen retrieved the cadaver and subsequently turned it over to Mahal ko Funeral Homes for proper disposition.

On Friday, 01 December 2017, the Philippines was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under Category “C” for the biennium 2018-2019.

The election for the members of the IMO Council was held during the 30th Session of the IMO Assembly (A30) being held from 27 November to 06 December 2017 at the IMO Headquarters in London.

PCG: Nine persons were rescued while another remains missing in a boat capsizing incident in Antique on December 25.

The victim was identified as Jeffrey Samones, 33.

Reports revealed that Samones and nine of his relatives were onboard a motor boat and was transiting the vicinity waters between Nogas Island and Poblacion Anni-y, Antique when it suddenly encountered engine trouble. 

The boat eventually capsized and threw all of its passengers at sea. 

Rescuers from the Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Jose De Buenavista together with divers from Anini-y Dive House continues searching for Samones.

 

PCG: A 38-year old resident of Villa Libertad in El Nido, Palawan was arrested on Christmas day by the joint elements of the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police for possession and trade of illegal drugs.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Gabitan, aka Dradley. 

The joint buy-bust operations resulted to the confiscation of 18 sachets of shabu, a black Honda motorcycle, lighter, cellphone, wallet, memory card, Php 15,625 and the 500 pesos marked money.

The PNP made an inventory on the recovered items in the presence of Kagawad Edelon Garcia of Barangay Masagana, Melba Pagayona of Radio Tandika-El Nido Media and Coast Guard Station (CGS) El Nido personnel.

Gabitan was placed under the custody El Nido Municipal Police Station while the confiscated items were sent for laboratory examination.

 

PCG: A local tourist was found dead by rescuers along the shoreline of Sebay Shore in Urbiztondo, La Union last December 24.

Alan Delig, 40, was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when he went for a swim in Sebay Beach Resort and was dragged by strong current and big waves away from the shoreline

The incident was reported to Coast Guard District North Western Luzon (CGDNWLZN) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC). 

Search and rescue operations by the Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Fernando and Red Cross was immediately conducted for Delig but zero visibility in the area prompted the rescuers to temporarily suspend the search.

 

Joint elements of Coast Guard K9, Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Dumangas and PPA security intercepted eleven (11) kilos of marijuana dry leaves and bricks from the two suspects who were about to board a vessel bound for Bacolod at Dumangas Port on December 23, 2016.

 

PCG: The Undersecretary for Maritime Sector of the Department of Transportation, USEC Felipe A Judan recently commissioned the newest multi-role response vessel from Japan and renamed it as BRP Malabrigo with assigned bow number 4402 as its Guest of Honor and Speaker during the commissioning ceremony at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in Manila today.

 PCG: A 42-year old Cebuano fisherman was successfully rescued by the Coast Guard last Saturday in Sta. Fe, Cebu.

The survivor, Edwin Orbizo, was reportedly transiting the vicinity waters of Qinartacan, Daanbantayan when his boat was battered by big waves until it capsized.

The Coast Guard onboard BFAR patrol boat 3017 found Orbizo and his half-capsized motorboat off Bodiong, Sta. Fe.

PCG: A total of 78 passengers and an infant were assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard last Saturday from an agrounded vessel in Escalante, Negros Occidental. 

The passengers were onboard Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Navistar and were bound for Barcelona, Escalante when the vessel ran aground. 

Investigations revealed that LCT Navistar was already 20 meters off Barcelona Port and was waiting for berthing space to unload its rolling cargoes and passengers when it drifted and ran aground.

PCG. Three hundred seventy six pieces of giant Malay Scorpions contained in tin cans and were packed in two (2) boxes were recovered by Coast Guard Sub-station Liminangcong personnel in Liminangcong Pier, Taytay, Palawan last December 11.

Investigation revealed that a certain Teodoro Castillo, personnel of Liminangcong Pier reported to CGSS Liminangcong and requested for assistance regarding the abandoned cargoes found at the cargo holding area of the pier. Immediately, CGSS personnel conducted inspection and discovered the giant Malay Scorpions. 

The cargoes were said to be containing cashew nuts and were shipped by a certain “Marissa”. It was intended to be loaded onboard M/V “Palawan Pearl” bound to Manila. 

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Eastern Visayas arrested a Samar native last Tuesday for illegally constructing a boat using undocumented logs with an estimated value of Php 3.5 million. 

PCG: Four Korean nationals were rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday from a sunken yacht in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. 

The survivors were onboard the black leisure yacht Lady Allia II and was bound for Subic, Zambales when its crew failed to notice the rocky portion of Cabugao's shoreline. 

The yacht ran aground and water seeped-in until it sank at around 2:00 am. 

Upon receipt of information from the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC), a rescue operations was immediately conducted by the Coast Guard District North Western Luzon (CGDNWLZN) and Coast Guard Station (CGS) Salomague. 

PCG: Five Korean nationals and two crew members of motor banca Dodoy Jaype were rescued last Tuesday morning, 06 December by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay when the boat capsized during their island hopping activities.

Investigation revealed that the motor boat departed Station 3 in Boracay for an island hopping activity when it capsized between the vicinity waters of Crystal Cove Island and Magic Island due to strong winds and big waves.

Ruth Bardeleon, a staff of Crystal Cove, sighted the capsized boat and reported the incident to CGSS Boracay. 

PCG: A 104-year old man from Surigao del Sur died from drowning last Sunday, December 04.

The victim was identified as Esteban Seronio, a resident of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur 

His son Emidio, 51, reported the incident to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Bislig and requested assistance to search for his missing father. 

PCG: About 60 residents of Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte were evacuated by the Coast Guard from their homes after Polanco River overflowed due to heavy rains. 

The PCG rendered an arrival honor for the second Multi-Role Response Vessel - MALABRIGO (MMRV-4402) at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force Pier 13, Manila today, December 08.

PCG: The fishing season for sardines in several parts of Mindanao has officially closed. 

The send-off ceremony last Thursday December 1 observed the Administrative Circular 255 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which orders the closing season on sardines fishing in the waters of East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay as a conservation measure implemented during the spawning season of tunsoy (fimbricated sardines), tamban (Indian sardines), and tulis(round herring). 

It was participated  in by local fishermen, canneries and various local government units. 

The three-month fishing ban covers 22,260 square kilometers of municipal and national waters of Zamboanga del Norte, the south and eastern Zamboanga City, and the southern portion of Zamboanga Sibugay. 

The send-off ceremony was highlighted with the marching of maglayag to which the aligned troops marched towards their respective vessels and set sail on different zones covering the areas for sardines fishing ban. 

PCG: Two fishermen were apprehended by the Coast Guard last Friday for poisoning fish at the municipal waters of Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

The suspects identified as Richard Gillo-Ano, 43; and Generoso Talugas, 50, were using a poisonous substance locally known as lagtang to attract and catch fish. 

They were arrested by the joint maritime patrol team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Malapatan and Deputized Fish Warden of LGU Malapatan for the violation of Republic Act 10654 Section 92, otherwise known as "Fishing Through Explosives, Noxious or Poisonous Substance or Electricity".

Investigations revealed that Gillo-Ano and Talugas were onboard a moored Fish Aggregating Device five nautical miles off Barangay Lun Padidu in Malapatan, Sarangani. The inspecting team discovered a pail of fish caught using lagtang. 

The apprehended fishermen were turned-over to PNP Malapatan for custody and further investigation.

PCG: 13 passengers and a motorboat crew were safely rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard last Friday in Pioduran, Albay. 

The survivors were among the devotees who participated in a fluvial parade in celebration of Pioduran's patron saint, Our Lady of Salvacion. 

The motorboat  carrying the said passengers accidentally submerged when its freeboard detached from the vessel's main structure. 

Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Pioduran, CGSS Pantao and Bicol Special Operations Unit immediately rescued the distressed passengers.

Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral William M Melad led the opening ceremony of the 18-day End the Violence Against Women Campaign at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard last November 25.

Seven (7) persons onboard including a 3-week old baby onboard an unmotorized motorbanca were rescued by the crew of passing Mbca “Me-Me” at the vicinity waters of Shell Island, Cebu City on December 26 at 10:30am.

Jairel A. Labiaga, Boat Captain of M/bca “Me-Me” reported to Coast Guard Sub-Station Aduana that while their vessel was entering Cebu south entrance channel, they sighted the victims floating near the Cebu South entrance channel.

Immediately, CGSS Aduana personnel proceeded to board M/bca “Me-Me” to give necessary assistance and to conduct initial investigation.

Coast Guard Station Calbayog received a cellphone call from a concerned citizen reporting that an unregistered fishing banca capsized at the vicinity waters of Maripipi, Biliran, Leyte on December 25 at 4am.

Immediately, CGS Calbayog established communication with one of the victims onboard the said distressed vessel. 

Mr. Ernesto Ervida, one of the crew onboard informed the PCG that they were already rescued by their relatives at 4:10am of the same day. They safely arrived at Culaba, Biliran, Leyte at 6:30am.

Further inquiry revealed that the unregistered fishing banca of below 3 gross tonnage with 16 crew onboard and loaded with undetermined number of livestocks departed Almagro Island, Calbayog City enroute to Culaba, Biliran Leyte at 1am of December 25.

Coast Guard Station Cuyo has issued an Enforcement Inspection Apprehension Report (EIAR) to M/L Rosita, a passenger/cargo vessel for violating HPCG Memorandum Circular 07-12 (carrying passenger in excess of the authorized passenger capacity) last December 22, 2015.

Said issuance resulted from the inspection conducted to the vessel after she accidentally went half-submerged while being towed to port of Cuyo.

Reports from Coast Guard District Palawan disclosed that on December 22 at 8:30pm, while transiting at vicinity 1.5 nautical miles North off Bisucay Island, Cuyo, Palawan, M/L Rosita encountered rough sea and strong winds which caused its port bow to crack and take-in seawater. Subsequently, the vessel encountered engine trouble and went dead on the water.

Immediately, the master established contact with CGS Cuyo and thereby sought for necessary rescue assistance.

An unregistered yellow-colored fishing banca owned by Mr. Reo Verzosa with six (6) persons onboard (4 adults and 2 children) reportedly caught fire while at the vicinity between Sulangan Island and Sulu-an Island Eastern Samar on December 21.

The incident was reported by a certain Mr. Romar Fernandez to Coast Guard Sub-Station Guiuan thru a cellphone call on December 21 at 4:40pm.

At 5:10pm, CGSS Guiuan personnel together with Bantay Dagat of Guiuan personnel proceeded to said area to verify the report and render necessary assistance.

Initial investigation revealed that while underway, a crewmember was conducting refueling when a blaze of fire suddenly occurred.

Joint SAR team of Coast Guard and Tanauan Rescue Unit successfully retrieved the dead body of a teenager who reportedly drowned at Baras River in Barangay Baras, Tanauan, Leyte last December 18 at 2pm.

Ms. Diana Miralles of MDRRMO Tanauan Leyte reported the incident to Coast Guard Station Tacloban on December 21 at 9:35am and requested for retrieval assistance to the floating cadaver sighted at the said river.

At 11:08am of the same day, the cadaver was retrieved by the SAR team and was later identified as Darell Patan-ao, 17 years old. 

The body was subsequently turned-over to the family of the victim and was brought to a funeral parlor for proper disposition.

M/T John Nico, a tanker vessel owned and operated by NBB Dragon Shipping and skippered by Captain Antonio R Daseco accidentally ran aground at the vicinity waters off Sitio Dayap, Brgy Calima, Pola, Oriental Mindoro last week. 

Said vessel was loaded with 731.852 metric tons of industrial fuel oil and was underway from Subic to Masbate when they encountered rough sea condition. The master of the vessel decided to take shelter at the Pola bay but they were battered by big waves and strong winds. 

M/T John Nico was dragged to shallow waters and subsequently ran aground damaging a declared sanctuary.

PCG. Search and rescue operation by the Coast Guard Sub-station Laoang together with the local rescue unit and family of the victims is still ongoing for the nine passengers and crew of 2 unregistered motor bancas who went missing during the onslaught of Typhoon Nona last week in Northern Samar.

Previous reports revealed that two (2) unregistered motor bancas attempted to cross the Laoang River at the midst of the typhoon. Due to strong winds and current, the motor bancas capsized and all passengers and crew were drifted by the strong current.

The SAR team advised all the local authorities and fisher folks to report any sightings of the said missing nine passengers and crew. A Notice to Mariners was also sent to all watercrafts transiting in the area advising them to be on the lookout for the victims.

Two passenger motor bancas accidentally collided with each other while they were underway at vicinity waters off Cagban Jetty Port, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan on December 20 at 10:45am.

The incident was sighted by Coast Guard Sub-Station Boracay and 609th PCGA Squadron personnel.

Immediately, Deployable Response Team (DRT) proceeded to the area of incident onboard Mbca Riza and rendered necessary assistance.

PCG: Coast Guard Sub-station Tubigon personnel continues search for the missing passenger who accidentally fell into the water while Mbca Lyjhon is transiting at vicinity of Mantatao Island, Clape, Bohol on December 19, 2015.

A certain PO2 Jasper Reyes from Tubigon Police Station relayed the information to the Coast Guard that Mr. Aaron Balane reported the man overboard incident at 9:02 am of the same day.

Immediately, CGSS Tubigon dispatched its SAR team to conduct search and rescue operations to the victim but yielded negative result.

Coast Guard Sub-station Roxas is still searching for a mentally-illed passenger who jumped overboard M/V Starlite Navigator while said vessel was transiting at vicinity waters of Buyalao Point last December 17, 2015 at 7:35pm.

Initial inquiry to the master of the vessel disclosed that the passenger/cargo vessel was underway bound to Roxas Port, Oriental Mindoro from Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay, Aklan when the chief officer reported to him that one of their passengers jumped into the water on the starboard quarter.

Immediately, the master, Captain Eric Cuevas ordered his crew to maneuver his course and conducted search and rescue operations to the victim but yielded negative result. 

A passenger/cargo vessel accidentally ran aground while she was taking shelter at vicinity waters of Brgy. San Piro, Balayan, Batangas due to big waves and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Nona last December 15, 2015 at 11:00pm.

The aground vessel was sighted by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-station Balayan while conducting maritime patrol in the area onboard PCG aluminum boat “AB-155” on December 16 at 2:00pm.

Immediately, the patrol team boarded the vessel to conduct inquiry and inspection for a possible oil spill threat. 

PCG. Coast Guard Mobile Team Maya retrieved a floating dead body at the vicinity waters off Malapascua Island on December 17 around 9:30AM. 

Investigation revealed that a certain Mr Bong Omega of Roble Shipping Lines informed Coast Guard District Central Visayas that one of their vessels, “MV Don Serafin”, sighted a floating dead body while transiting at the vicinity waters of Malapascua, Island, Daan Bantayan, Cebu. 

Said cadaver was immediately retrieved by CGMT Maya together with LGU of Malapascua Island and brought to Sitio Tawigan, Malapascua Island, Daan Bantayan, Cebu.

PCG: MV Star Dinagat, a cargo vessel with 24 crew onboard and loaded with 7,800 bags of cement accidentally ran aground at the vicinity waters five (5) meters away from the shoreline of Sitio Gasang, Mabini, Batangas after she encountered strong winds and big waves last December 16, 2015.

Capt. Jefferson Andres, 71 years old and master of the said vessel reported the grounding incident to the Coast Guard Sub-station Mabini at 9AM of the same date.

CGSS Mabini personnel boarded and inspected the aground vessel for possible oil spill but yielded negative result. 

PCG:  Elements of Coast Guard Sub-station Talampulan is still searching for F/B Princess Miguel 3 with eleven (11) fishermen onboard who went missing after their motorbanca encountered engine trouble and subsequently went dead on the water at vicinity 31 nautical miles West Northwest of Sta. Rita, Busuanga Beach Lot, Busuanga island, Palawan last December 15, 2015.

The incident was reported by the Maritime Research Information Center (MRIC) thru e-mail to Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) at 8PM of the same day. CGAC then relayed the incident report to Coast Guard Station Coron.

Immediately, CGSS Talampulan dispatched a SAR team onboard Mbca Siete owned and operated by Mr. Ronnie Serrano to conduct search and rescue operations to the missing fishing vessel.

PCG:  A fisherman was accidentally hit by a passing speedboat while he was conducting fishing venture at vicinity 600 meters away from the shoreline of Pristine Beach, Barangay Jacana, Puerto Princesa, Palawan on December 15. 

On December 15 at 9:55 AM, a certain Ms. Laiza Valdez of Patrol 117 emergency hotline informed Coast Guard Station Puerto Princesa thru phone call that a fisherman was hit by a speed boat at the vicinity waters off Pristine Beach, Barangay Jacana, Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 

Upon receipt of the information, CGS Puerto Princesa personnel immediately proceeded to the reported area of incident and sighted the victim who was already dead. The victim was identified to be Mr. Joel P Rengel, 34 years old, a resident of Barangay Jacana, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Stranded passengers, vessels, motor bancas and rolling cargoes due to #TSCarina.

  Passengers  Vessels  Motor bancas  Rolling cargoes 
Bicol  43  - - 3
TOTAL  43 - - 3

All PCG units are advised to ensure strict implementation of HPCG Memorandum Circular Number 02-13 (Guidelines on Movement of Vessels during Heavy Weather).

PCG:  Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station Larena successfully escorted Mbca “Ej Louie” to safety after it went dead on the water at the vicinity waters off Brgy. Cang-Alwang in Siquijor on December 8, 2015.

A certain Ms. Ellen Padayhag reported to the Coast Guard on December 8 at 5:00 pm that her nephew, Stephen Jhon Padayhag encountered engine trouble while he was conducting fishing venture at the said vicinity.

CGSS Larena immediately coordinated with Ms. Blezel Omicin, Chairman of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Siquijor and requested for the availability of its ambulance rescue boat to be utilized on the search and rescue operations.

PCG:  Passing Motorbanca “Brent” successfully rescued ten (10) Chinese tourists onboard Mbca Isla de Fuego after said passenger motorbanca capsized at vicinity waters off Panglao Island on December 8, 2015. 

The incident was reported to Coast Guard Station Tagbilaran by the Tourist Police Panglao at 6:30 pm of December 8.

Mbca Isla de Fuego is owned by a certain Atty. Opay and is skippered by Mark Lee Rosales together with his boat man, Leebert Bomongcag. Both were known to be residents of Bitaog, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor.

PCG:  Coast Guard Station Zamboanga Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection (VSEI) Team issued a first counting certificate to M/V Ciara Joie 5 for carrying an excess of 232 passengers, violating MARINA Memorandum Circular No. 120 as a result of the Mandatory Pre-Departure Inspection (MPDI) conducted by the team on December 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm.

M/V Ciara Joie 5, a passenger/cargo vessel of 266 Gross Tonnage, is owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Lines Incorporated and is skippered by Captain Jones Climaco. Said vessel was scheduled to depart Zamboanga City bound to Lamitan City, Basilan.

Subject vessel has an authorized passenger capacity of 370 passengers. However during the said inspection, it was found out that she was carrying a total of 602 passengers. 

PCG: Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team successfully bagged two trophies after winning the 300-meter standard race in mixed and women’s category in the recently concluded 4th LEG COBRA-PDBF DRAGON BOAT REGATTA 2015 held at Baywalk Area, Roxas BLVD, Manila yesterday, 06 December 2015.

PCG: Officer-In-Charge Rear Admiral WILLIAM M. MELAD today led the graduation ceremony of Coast Guard Officer’s Course Class 16-2015 at the Headquarters, Philippine Coast Guard.

PCG: Coast Guard Station (CGS) Laguna successfully retrieved the cadavers of two male teenagers who drowned at San Mateo River last December 4.

The victims identified as Kerby Russel Suba, 16 years old and John Rey Galan, 15 years old, were both residents of Barangay Pag-asa, Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

The incident was reported by a concerned citizen to CGS Laguna.      

PCG: PCG Mobile Team Malatapay personnel together with Special Operations Group (SOG) Dumaguete successfully rescued five (5) Chinese nationals who went missing while diving at approximately one (1) nautical mile east of Sitio Cogon, Apo Island, Dauin in Negros Oriental on November 30, 2015.

The incident was reported to CGMT Malatapay by a certain Mr. George Regalado, tour guide of the said foreign tourists at 12 noon of the same day.

According to Regalado, the victims rented Mbca Kodiak and dived at said vicinity. After a considerable period of time, the boat crew noticed that the five tourists were nowhere in sight. He then reported to the Coast Guard that the tourists were missing and requested for search and rescue assistance.

PCG: 18 seafarers survived while another died in a ship agrounding incident in Antique yesterday morning.

The casualty was identified as German Atay, quartermaster of M/Tug Benny.

Investigation revealed that M/Tug Benny and its towing barge Brian took shelter at the vicinity waters of Barangay Balud, Tobias, Antique as Tropical Depression Seniang battered the Visayas region. Both vessels where drifted, however, by strong winds and big waves towards the shoreline of said barangay.

PCG: The 14 year-old boy who was reported missing last December 29 in Pamplona, Cagayan was found lifeless by the Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) team at the vicinity waters near Pamplona Bridge around 2:00 pm yesterday.

Genghis Dascil's body was seen floating at the said area in Barangay Masi and was immediately retrieved by the SAR team and civilian volunteers.

The SAR team included personnel from the Coast Guard District North Eastern Luzon (CGDNELZN), Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Claveria and civilian volunteers from Brgy. Masi.

PCG: All seven passengers of the pump boat earlier reported missing in Southern Leyte were found safe at Barangay Sto Rosario Maasin City around 2:45PM today. 

The pump boat capsized due to rough waters but all passengers were able to cling to the upturned boat until they were drifted to the shoreline. 

The survivors are now undergoing medical examination at Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital.

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Claveria continues searching for a 14 year old boy who went missing while swimming with his relatives yesterday in Cagayan.

The victim identified as Genghis Dascil was believed to have drowned around 1:00 pm at the vicinity waters near Pamplona Bridge.

The incident was reported by a certain Jun Dascil, 39 years old, of  Barangay Dascil, Pamplona to CGSS Claveria.

PCG: The passengers onboard a missing pump boat in Southern Leyte were already identified by authorities as search operations continue for the seven persons.

Investigation conducted in Barangay San Roque revealed that the boat was carrying seven passengers, instead of the earlier reports of six. 

The missing persons were identified as follows:

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues searching for four sacristans and the chief of police of Limasawa, Southern Leyte as the pump boat transporting them to Limasawa Island went missing at the height of Tropical Depression Seniang.

The pump boat reportedly departed Barangay San Roque, Macrohon around 2:00 pm yesterday despite a public storm warning signal prevailing at the area.

Onboard the missing pump boat are four sacristans, the boat skipper and Limasawa Chief of Police Richard Castanares.

PCG: An eight-year old passenger of a sunken motor boat in Abuyog, Leyte remains missing as the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tacloban and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) continues its search for the boy since the incident yesterday, December 28.

In a report received by CGS Tacloban from Lighthouse Keeper Cubilo, motor banca Super Star capsized at the Caddacan River in Barangay Pilar, Abuyog.

The boat reportedly encountered engine trouble until it was capsized by strong winds and rough waves.

PCG: An unidentified male cadaver was recovered by the Coast Guard at the vicinity waters of Lapuz Norte, Iloilo a day after Christmas.

The cadaver was found around 6:00 am by Capt. Arnold Propangue Jr., master of LCT Padico of FF Cruz Shipping Corp.

Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo immediately responded to Capt. Propangue's call and retrieved the floating body.

PCG: A five-year old boy was found dead on Christmas day by the rescue team of Coast Guard and MDRRMC at the shoreline of Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

The victim, identified as Samuel Viso Jr., accidentally drowned while on a beach outing with his family last December 25.

The incident was reported to the Coast Guard by Brandy Palarion, OIC for operations of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) Malapatan.

PCG: A total of 102 new male recruits were convened at Coast Guard Base Taguig today, 29 December with Commodore Aaron T Reconquista, Commander of Coast Guard Education and Training Command as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena spearheaded the turn-over ceremony of Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV) and Coast Guard District Northeastern Luzon (CGDNELZN) at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard today, 29 December.

In anticipation of the upcoming visit to the Philippines of His Holiness Pope Francis on January 15 – 19, 2015, the Philippine Coast Guard has created two (2) Maritime Task Forces to secure the maritime terrain where the Pope will hold activities particularly at the vicinity of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Luneta Park in Manila, and in Tacloban City.

The task force aims to ensure that threats which could possibly be initiated along the coastal waters will be negated.

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena has issued a directive to all Coast Guard Districts and Units to undertake serious maritime security operations against the alarming security threat against the Pope.

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) launched the “Oplan Ligtas Byahe” program that will kick off from December 18 until January 06 next year and placed all units under heightened alert as the agency prepares for the expected huge volume of shipping passengers this Yuletide Season.

Coast Guard Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena issued a directive during the agency’s command conference that all operating units must maintain a high state of readiness in major port terminals nationwide this holiday season. The Coast Guard Fleet, which maintains and operates their vessel flotilla and air assets, must likewise be ready to respond to maritime emergencies.

PCG: MV Pacific, a Panamanian registered cruise ship, accidentally ran aground 150 meters off the shoreline of Barangay Bula in General Santos City last Friday, December 12.

The vessel, manned by 21 Indian seafarers, was due for ship breaking in Vahavnagar, India and was supposedly bound for Singapore from Mexico when it ran low of bunker fuel. 

The ship master was forced to proceed to General Santos around 12:40PM for bunkering but unfortunately ran aground while underway. 

PCG: Two missing fishermen in Aurora Province were found and rescued by the Coast Guard last Wednesday, December 10.

Reggie Viernes, 16 years old and Alvin San Antonio, 23 years old, were thrown into the water while conducting fishing venture when their boat Lady Dim 3 encountered big waves and eventually capsized. 

The victims were found by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Dilasag and civilian volunteers clinging on their capsized motor banca 10NM east of Tariktik Point in Dilasag, Aurora. 

Both were rescued and their boat was towed back to shore safely.

 

PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) San Vicente have successfully rescued two fishermen from a capsized boat at the vicinity waters of Brgy Nangaramoan, Sta Ana, Cagayan last Friday, December 12.

A certain Mrs Josephine Guittap, 38 years old and resident of Brgy Centro 9, Sta Ana, Cagayan reported the incident to CGSS San Vicente. 

Upon receipt of the report, CGSS San Vicente conducted search and rescue operation onboard PCG aluminum boat and successfully rescued the fishermen identified as Joywin Q Corpuz, 43 years old and Rey A Lopez, 24 years old both residents of Brgy Centro 9, Sta Ana.

PCG: The personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mapun have conducted a medical evacuation to the wounded crew of F/B Monalinda yesterday, December 14. 

The victim identified as Jesus M. Lagan, reportedly fell on a dilapidated bitt, a pair of posts used for fastening mooring lines, due to the violent swaying of the boat brought on by rough seas which Lagan suffered a wound on his left thigh.

The incident was immediately reported by two of the victim's shipmates to CGS Mapun. 

The team composed of CGS Mapun then proceeded to the vicinity waters 300 meters south of Mapun Pier and successfully evacuated the wounded crew and brought him to Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi District Hospital for further medical assistance.

 

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Tacloban have successfully rescued a teenager at the vicinity waters off Cancabato Bay in between Balyuan and San Jose, Tacloban City at the height of Typhoon Ruby (International name: Hagupit) yesterday, 07 December.
 
Reports revealed that Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tacloban received a call from Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Region-VIII (RDRRMC R8) requesting for assistance to rescue a certain Raymart Decarte who was found floating at said vicinity.
 
The Quick Response Team (QRT) of CGS Tacloban was immediately deployed at the area and rescued Raymart who was found clinging on to a submerged banca. He has also sustained wounds in his body.

PCG: A couple was rescued by the Coast Guard from a wrecked fishing boat at the vicinity waters of Nalaut Island, Busuanga, Palawan last Thursday, December 04.

The incident was reported by their 13-year old son Kian Jabagaton to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Talampulan who stated that his parents, Allan and Papeng, went fishing off Nalaut Island last December 3 but failed to return home the following day.

Kian reported that his parents were onboard an unmarked motor boat painted white and pink.

The Philippine Coast Guard conducted a two-day Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Conference at The Hub,  Kilometer Zero, Rizal Park in Manila on December 1 & 2, 2014.
       
The MEP Conference aims to address mitigation and adaptation activities to lessen the effects of climate change which is one of the major environmental problems in the country. The conference also updated the memorandum circulars covering the protection of marine environment. The workshop was participated by the Officers and Non-Officers of the Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM).

The month of December is the most awaited and most celebrated month by many of our fellowmen. But for us here in the Philippine Coast Guard, it definitely means more work to be done, and tighter security in ports and oceans. Ladies and gentlemen, this should not stop us from looking forward to the Christmas season- the season of giving, of love, and of forgiveness.
 
We purposely lit up this 10-foot Christmas tree as soon as darkness fell today, to remind us that despite our busy schedules, our heavy workloads, our own hardships, and the dark days that we have been going through, there is light in the joy and hope that Christmas brings. May this tall, glowing symbol of Christmas inspire us to unite despite our differences, and find peace deep within our hearts. We have been dubbed as saviors for rescuing lives at sea, but we have a whole lot of learning to take from the Savior himself, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his own life to redeem humanity. 
 
Let this Christmas tree lighting today be the first of a long tradition here in the Philippine Coast Guard, and may the light of this tree shine in our hearts this Christmas time, and even beyond.
 
Thank you and Merry Christmas!

VADM RODOLFO D ISORENA PCG
PCG Commandant

PCG: The Coast Guard in Manila have successfully retrieved the cadaver of an 8-year old girl who drowned while trying to retrieve her ball in a river in Barangay Masambong, Quezon City on November 30, Sunday.

The cadaver was identified as Annterence Flujo, a resident of Barangay No. 19 Apolonio, Samson, Quezon City.

PCG: 13 crew members and two passengers of a capsized cargo vessel were successfully rescued by a passing fishing boat in Lubang Island, Mindoro last Saturday, 29 November.

Reports received by Coast Guard Station (CGS) Manila around 5PM from Capt. Gerry Lopera, skipper of fishing vessel Chris Paul Bill-111 revealed that 15 persons were saved from the capsized MV Q-Carrelyn.

PCG: A total of 35 passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard personnel in Batangas following a boat collision in Calumpang river at around 6:30 pm last Friday, November 28.

Reports received from a certain Andrew Suayan revealed that motor bancas Bingo and Lady Heart Kim  accidentally collided with each other while crossing from the opposite ends of Calumpang river.

DOTC-PCG: An unconscious 41-year old Canadian national was retrieved at sea by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel when she was found floating at vicinity 200 meters off Station 2 in Boracay, Aklan last Friday, December 13.

The victim identified as Moon Pan was seen floating by LCDR RITCHILLE PABLO PCGA 200 meters away from the shoreline of Epic Resort and Restaurant in Station 2, Barangay Balabag, Boracay in the morning of Friday.

Upon receiving the report from LCDR Pablo, the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay immediately dispatched a Deployable Response Team, together with PCGA personnel onboard the speedboat Diamond Sea Sports, for the conduct of search and retrieval operations.

Commo GONGONA PCG at the PMA in Baguio City.

PMA Cadets render a testimonial parade to LTGEN LAURO CATALINO DELA CRUZ AFP and COMMO EDUARDO GONGONA PCG last 07 December 2013 at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. A plaque of recognition was also given to the honorees for their meritorious contribution and dedicated service throughout their military career.
 
The PCG will also render a testimonial parade to Commodore Gongona who will bow out from the Coast Guard Service on 12 December 2013 at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force. He served his last stint as the Commander of the Coast Guard Fleet, one of the major commands of the PCG.

Coast Guard Station (CGS) Coron personnel confiscated eight boxes containing live ammunitions with assorted clothes in Coron Pier, Palawan on 09 December 2013.

Reports received from a certain John Julius B Antenor, collection representative of Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said that a stevedore of Prudential Customs Brokerage Services Inc (PCBSI) discovered the boxes containing the ammunitions with assorted clothes and immediately reported to Philippine Coast Guard and PPA officials.

Joint team composed of CGS Coron personnel headed by its Station Commander, Lieutenant Junior Grade Mark Theodore P Valencia PCG, together with Special Operations Unit (SOU), PCG K9, PPA Coron and PCBSI inspectors found out that the boxes were unloaded from MV Asuncion XI with Manila as its last port of call.

DOTC-PCG: An unnamed motorboat with four persons onboard was successfully towed to safety by the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cuyo when it suddenly went dead on water yesterday, December 04. 
 
According to a report received from the barangay captain of Bisucay Island in Cuyo, Palawan, the motorboat's cross joint accidentally broke due to rough seas while it was underway for Cuyo.
 
The boat, described to be colored white and light blue, was manned by two crew members and loaded with two passengers when the incident occurred 7:30AM of Wednesday.
 
 
Coast Guard District Palawan caught illegal poachers
DOTC-PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Aparri, Cagayan continues searching for a 60-year old fisherman who went missing after the motorboat carrying him and his two fellow  fishermen capsized around 2:00 AM yesterday, December 05.
 
Andring Agasa remains missing when their unmarked motorboat capsized at the vicinity waters of Barangay Linao and Barangay Punta in Aparri. Meanwhile, Elizer Zolangon, 35 years old and Wilmar Raquiño, 40 years old, managed to swim to the nearest shoreline.
 
According to the report made by PO3 Emmanuel Padul of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the fishermen went on a fishing venture 10:00 PM last Wednesday onboard a motorboat described to be painted orange and blue.
 
 SOTC visits PCGDOTC-PCG: Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station Cagayancillo apprehended a cargo vessel in Palawan for illegally transporting passengers and operating with incomplete documents last Friday, December 06.
 
The Coast Guard discovered the said violations while it was conducting a maritime patrol and boarding inspection on M/L Sharima which was anchored approximately 500 meters off the shoreline of Barangay Mampio, Cagayancillo, Palawan.
 
The Coast Guard immediately issued Enforcement Inspection/Apprehension Report (EIAR) to M/L Sharima for violating the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard (HPCG) Memorandum Circular No. 04-98 dated October 20, 1998 for not carrying pertinent documents such as Ship Station License, Minimum Safe Manning Certificate, Coastwise License and Load line Certificate.
 
 
DOTC-PCG: An eight-year old boy was dead on-the-spot when he drowned while swimming with friends in Floodway, Barangay Buhang in Jaro, Iloilo last Friday, December 06.
 
John Paul Villegas's body was recovered by the elements of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo and Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG)-Western Visayas on the same day after receiving the information from Edward Espinosa of the Iloilo City Emergency Responded (ICER) around 5:55PM.
 
Investigation revealed that John Paul and three of his friends went swimming around 3:00PM of the same day at the said area. According to his friends, the victim swam to the deeper portion of the floodway and was later noticed to be waving his hand for help. John Paul subsequently disappeared.