The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has replenished fishing gears and basic supplies in Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan, Palawan on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) of the PCG Task Force Pagsasanay (PCGTF-P), according to PCG Spokesperson CG Commodore Armando A. Balilo, turned over the items to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in support of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)’s thrust to support the operations of local fishermen, particularly those in remote territories. It also transported supplies to the local PCG and Philippine National Police (PNP) stations.
“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,” CG Commodore Balilo added.
BRP Capones (MRRV-4404)’s Commanding Officer, CG Captain Glen B. Daraug, has monitored a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel around one to two nautical miles away from their vessel while on its route to Pag-asa Island from Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The foreign vessel did not issue a radio challenge, and the Coast Guard ship continued on its way to its objective.
PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Leopoldo V. Laroya said the routine mission of the PCGTF-P in the country’s maritime zones has demonstrated the PCG’s solid commitment to the government’s whole-of-nation approach to preserving national interests through a rules-based and peaceful manner.
The PCG collaborates with other agencies through the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (WPS) headed by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Secretary Hermogenes C Esperon Jr.
The PCGTF-P was activated earlier this year to pursue synergy in “Training while Operating” among multiple PCG Commands and Services involved in supporting the NTF-WPS. It is currently led by CG Rear Admiral Ronnie Gil L Gavan – the Commander, Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Command and CG Vice Admiral Oscar C Endona Jr who recently assumed the position as the Vice Commandant for Administration. He is assisted by CG Rear Admiral Allan Victor T dela Vega and CG Rear Admiral Charlie Q Rances on matters relating to operations and administration respectively.
Following the national government’s priority support, the PCG has continued to strengthen institutional capability while also undergoing fast modernization and organizational development.
To recall, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commissioned a brand-new light transport and reconnaissance aircraft for the PCG on November 4, 2021, and recognized new facilities for PCG Station Kalayaan in Pag-asa Island to improve the living conditions of its personnel in the area. The agency will also receive two of its largest ships from Japan early next year, giving its updated fleet of multi-role warships like the BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) a boost.
“Rest assured that your Coast Guard will continue to strengthen its maritime security law enforcement and safety functions towards the protection of the country’s productive fishing zones and rich biodiversity for the benefit of the present and future generations,” the Coast Guard Commandant expressed.
“This is in compliance with the directive of Department of Transportation – Philippines (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade to vigorously pursue public service anchored on patriotism, compassion, and fear of God towards the realization of President Duterte’s vision to provide safe and comfortable lives for all Filipinos, especially those living in far-flung areas such as Pag-asa Island and other remote coastal communities in the country,” CG Admiral Laroya emphasized.