|Philippine Coast Guard Sends Cadets in US Coast Guard Academy|
|Friday, 24 June 2011 11:22|
With the continuing partnership between the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and United States Coast Guard, after a very successful conduct of Advance Boarding Training last May 2011, the PCG was able to send two (2) cadets to join the USCG International Cadet Program.
This program will certainly benefit both organizations as these Filipino cadets will be trained and interact with the other cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) which will definitely lead to a stronger ties and more effective working relationship later on. This will also braced the myriad challenges posed by international shipping and the maritime environment which can be best addressed by stronger ties and closer cooperation among the world’s coast guards.
The academy training partnership by both countries ended in 1992 with only 2 alumni members of USCGA remain in the PCG organization: COMMODORE GILBERT RUERAS of Class 1982, who is currently the Commander of the PCG’s Maritime Safety Services Command and COMMODORE AARON RECONQUISTA of Class 1986, the Commander of the Coast Guard Air Group. However, at least four (4) other USCGA graduates opted to continue their service under the Philippine Navy while the rest of the USCGA graduates have either retired or earlier joined the private sector.
However, with the previous approval of the USCG Commandant, Admiral Robert J Papp Jr, under the leadership of Admiral Ramon C Liwag, the Philippine Coast Guard nominated three (3) PCG sponsored cadets from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) who competed in the USCG International Cadet Program. Luckily, two (2) of the nominees namely Cadet Sean Jayner De Ocampo Cabral of Calaca, Batangas and Cadet Nino Jhanus Galapago Aniban of Binaobao, Bantayan, Cebu were accepted to join in the USCG Academy Class of 2015. Cadet Cabral reported to USCG Academy in New London, Connecticut, USA last June 21, 2011 while Cadet Galago will report today. If these cadets will be fortunate to graduate in this program, it will surely mark another milestone in the Philippine Coast Guard history as the first graduates from this prestigious institution after the PCG was separated from the Philippine Navy in 1998.Share