PCG recognizes PCGA’s efforts in disaster response operations

Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commended the PCG Auxiliary (PCGA) for its charitable efforts to support the national government’s ongoing disaster response activities for the rehabilitation of Typhoon Odette’s affected families.

CG Admiral Leopoldo V. Laroya, PCG Commandant, extended his gratitude to PCGA units across the country for their active participation in Coast Guard tasks prior to, during, and after the typhoon.

“Our PCGA volunteers lent their rescue assets and even risked their lives to evacuate trapped residents in various regions, specifically in Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao, during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette,” CG Admiral Laroya said.

“As soon as the weather stabilized, they started repacking relief supplies and delivered them to Coast Guard vessels that are deployed to conduct transport missions. They listened to the needs of the affected families by donating, not only food and water, but also construction materials and generator sets,” the Coast Guard Commandant added.

“They continue to remain as our valuable partner in the swift implementation of missions to ultimately serve our ‘kababayans’ who are in need of assistance for their recovery after the typhoon,” he furthered.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, a member of the PCGA Executive Squadron, said he was proud to personally lead thousands of PCGA volunteers in oath-taking ceremonies this year because he was able to witness the ‘heart of service’ among each and every member of the PCG’s civilian volunteer arm, especially during this trying time.

“Saludo ako sa mga PCGA volunteers na patuloy na tumutulong sa Coast Guard para mapadali at mapabilis ang relief operation sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo. Mula sa kaibuturan ng aking puso, maraming salamat sa inyong sakripisyo. Mula sa Pangulo at sa sambayanan, maraming salamat sa inyong serbisyo,” Secretary Tugade expressed.

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