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Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Topic Started: Sep 23 2005, 03:13 PM (6,923 Views)
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The mission of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary is to assist the Philippine Coast Guard in promoting safety of life and property at sea, protection of the marine environment and such other humanitarian activities as may be directed by the commandant, PCG.

FUNCTIONS

1) To assist the Philippine Coast Guard in Search and Rescue.

2) To promote safety in the operation of small boats.

3) To promote the various functions of the Philippine Coast Guard through voluntary information and organization services.

4) To promote environmental programs in the protection and preservation of the marine resources.

5) To promote youth development program of the government.

http://members.tripod.com/pcga109/mission.htm

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Acitivities of different PCGA Squadrons:

http://members.tripod.com/pcga109/sardemo.htm
http://pcga106.com/html/picture_gallery.html
http://www.geocities.com/pcga120thsqdn/photos.html
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Air Operations Wing of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary

First conceived during the search and rescue operations for victims and survivors of the ill-fated m/v "Princess of the Orient", a passenger liner that sank in rough waters off the coast of Ternate, Cavite, Philippines, at the height of a typhoon in September 1998. After the operation, RAdm. De Leon and Commo. Levanza and other PCGA officials saw th effectiveness and necessity of air support in such situations

http://www.aow-atof-pcga.org/home.html
http://www.aow-atof-pcga.org/menus/assets.html
http://www.aow-atof-pcga.org/menus/training.html

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We are proud to announce that on the 22nd of March 2004, Environmental Protection of Asia Foundation Inc., and the 103rd Squadron and Air Operations Wing of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxilliary, in association with the Philippine Coast Guard, have entered into an agreement to create a National Marine Environmental Monitoring System located throughout the Philippines providing real time monitoring capability of meteorological data providing ambient air temperature, rainfall, solar radiation, prevailing winds, and tidal data, also water quality assessments, such as temperature, salinity, total suspended solids (TSS), nitrates, phosphates, fecal coliform, and other relevant trace elements within the marine environment. This system will also develop scientific criteria and measuring methods relating to physical oceanography. These will include hydrology, current circulation, tide flux, and freshwater input. Each location shall have an independent stand alone capability with provisions for remote access from a central head-end location for compilation and comparison of data received. Another facet of this system will provide for remote access radar located in the many lighthouses throughout the Philippines.

The Air Operations Wing of the 103rd Auxiliary Squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary performs the following functions:

• assists in the enforcement of all applicable laws upon the high seas and territorial waters of the Philippines, including ports, custom zones, waterways, and all other inland waters;

• assists in the enforcement of laws, and in the promulgation and administration of regulations for the promotion of safety of life and property within the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines;

• develops, establishes, maintains, and operates with due regard to the requirements of national defense, aids to maritime navigation for the promotion of safety on high seas and territorial waters of the Philippines, including the administration and enforcement of rules and regulations, operation of rescue facilities;

• assists in developing, operating and maintaining aids to navigation and facilities for search and rescue operations as well as prescribing and enforcing rules and regulations relative thereto;

• provides assistance to government agencies in promoting and preserving the economic development of the maritime industry of the Philippines;

• enforces laws, disseminates and administers regulations for marine environmental protection within the territorial waters of the Philippines.

EPAFI and the PCGA are diligently working to identify further areas for collaborative efforts and mutual cooperation.


http://www.environmentalprotectionofasia.com/capones/
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Old news but these are some of the things a PCG Auxillarist do:

A Champion Even Out of the Water

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By Ross Harper Alonso
Inquirer News Service

Editor's Note: Published on page Q6 of the February 6, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AKIKO THOMSON'S career as an athlete was a stellar one, but she isn't just a swimmer now that she's out of water. She has a degree in Anthropology, minor in theater, and an MBA from the Ateneo. They're all backgrounds that bode well, given the nature of her interests. "I'm most often associated with swimming and I like to think it was the avenue I started from," Akiko explains. "But I chose college courses totally unrelated to sports. Not because I didn't think a career in sports would be good, but I decided to veer towards the social sciences and liberal arts instead. This could be because as a child, I traveled with my family a lot and I developed a natural curiosity for people."

Akiko also grew up caring for the environment, and by merging this passion with a practical application of the discipline, she earned a distinguished rank from the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). She's a Lieutenant Commander and her father, J. Marsh Thomson, a Captain of the 106th PCGA Squadron.

Custodian

Last March, the Thomsons became the official custodians of the Faro de Punta de Malabrigo, the 112-year-old Spanish lighthouse in Lobo, Batangas, in line with the PCGA's Adopt-a-Lighthouse Program. After a year of research and coordination, this architectural treasure is now safe from deterioration and the seaside town will soon be a model for responsible ecotourism, giving the local economy a needed boost. "I used the basics I learned in school to help provide solutions to contemporary problems. It was important to interact or offer advice to the locals and help them understand the long term benefits of a preserved historic building and protected marine life," Akiko points out.

"Lobo is pretty isolated, so you can imagine how much effort it took to get this far," she stresses. "We also hope to infect people with our enthusiasm to work with the PCGA to secure the future of other Spanish lighthouses."

There were 20 lighthouses built in the Philippines during the Spanish period. Only three -- the Farola at the mouth of the Pasig River, the Bagacay Lighthouse in Cebu and the light station at Cape Bojeador, Ilocos Norte -- have been adopted by the 126th squadron of the PCGA and NGOs.

Social awareness

"The PCGA is the largest NGO in the country," Akiko explains. "Not many realize that. I have to lead by example to encourage people to volunteer for our environmental clean ups and social awareness programs. We also participate in search and rescue operations. You can say it's a big plus that I was trained since I was 11 for physical work," she says, while playfully mimicking a body builder. "I do have many fond memories of those formative years but it certainly wasn't a joke, especially for a young child like I was, to dive into the pool everyday and do laps for two hours after school. Believe me, the meaning of discipline was ingrained in me with every stroke I made!" Her dad being a military man was probably the driving force behind every medal she won, Akiko recalls. " Without his constant encouragement and stern rules, I wouldn't have made it to the Olympics."

Needless to say, Akiko takes her new duties very seriously. "It might sound like a cliché but it's true; with the PCGA uniform comes a good deal of responsibility," she admits. "Although I don't have a drop of Filipino blood-I was naturalized- it's a good feeling to be able to serve in my own little way. The Filipinos have such a rich cultural heritage but also endangered natural resources so I do my best to pitch in and raise the level of awareness for both."

Akiko hosts Probe Productions' "Game Plan," and had the rare opportunity to visit an actual archaeological research site and dive in Taal Lake, Batangas. "When we arrived at a forested area near the lake, experts from the National Museum and students from UP were carefully brushing dirt from century-old artifacts, unearthing stone walls and quietly recording data. It looked like a scene taken from a page of one of my college textbooks," she gushes. "It was very exciting since I didn't do any actual fieldwork when I was a student and I was looking forward to my first fresh water dive." The dive, however, was a major disappointment and painted an entirely different picture of the postcard pretty lake. "We didn't see a single tawilis or any of the other endemic species, and the water smelled like rotten fish," Akiko laments. "Tilapia and bangus were swimming amidst trash and discarded fishnets carpeted the floor. I had no idea the lake was facing so many environmental problems, but then this is a major reason why I find fulfillment working in media. It allows me to educate and disseminate important information that can affect lives."

As if she doesn't have enough to do already, Akiko continues to support the different aquatic organizations in the country, and is active with youth related activities, making her a popular guest speaker at leadership forums. "I'm not comfortable talking about myself but when I do, I take it as an opportunity to encourage kids to accept challenges and make use of whatever comes their way. Bad or good, it'll all work out for as long as they stay focused on their goals."

Just like the century-old beacon she now watches over, Akiko is a picture of dependability and selfless service whether she's in the water or on dry land.

http://www.geocities.com/ares_pcga/124news.html
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Taking cue from the Thomsons, any other auxillary unit willing to take charge here

The lost lighthouses of Ilocos Sur

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Philippine Vice President, Noli De Castro was inducted as Commodore in the PCGA yesterday, 18 OCt 2006.


Vice President Vows to Support PCG

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Secretary Mendoza (left) and VAdm. Gosingan are shown pinning the shoulderboards of the Vice President as honororary member of the PCGA with the rank of Commodore even as PCG and PCGA officials look on.

Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro made a commitment to the men and women of the Philippine Coast Guard to include them in the national government’s housing program for civil servants.

The veepee made this official pronouncement during the 105th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Philippine Coast Guard on October 18, 2006 held at its headquarters in South Harbor, Port Area, Manila.

“Gagarantiyahin ko ang tulong sa Coast Guard kasi ginawa ninyo akong Commodore,” stated Vice President De Castro in jest during his keynote speech, following his induction and oath taking as an honorary Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) officer with a rank of “Commodore.”

The rank of ‘Commodore’ is equivalent to a one-star general in the Army and Airforce and a Chief Superintendent of the Philippine National Police.

The vice president took his oath as PCGA officer before Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza, who was also present during the event, and PCG Commandant VAdm. Arthur N. Gosingan.

In his keynote speech, the vice president cited the key role of the Philippine Coast Guard in relation to maritime safety and marine environment protection. He cited that such a crucial role deserves due recognition from the national government and there is no better way for such than to assure each and everyone donning a PCG uniform to get a chance to also own a home.

De Castro also assured the PCG of administrative support in order to strengthen its mandate as the country’s rightful lead enforcer in the aspects of maritime safety and security. Some of the major functions of the PCG have been taken over by other agencies and the PCG’s role has been relegated into being a deputy or assisting agency, greatly curtailing its mandate.

The remark and assurance drew a welcomed appreciation from the men and women of PCG, who came in full force to attend the important celebration.

During the program, the PCG also gave out awards to outstanding PCG personnel for their remarkable performance on the job, handed out by the VP, Secretary Mendoza and VAdm. Gosingan. Several individuals and institutions were also given awards for their support to the PCG as well as its vision and mission of keeping Philippine waters safe, secure and free from pollution.

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Another big time recruit...

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REAR ADMIRAL GORDON:  Senator Richard J. Gordon (2nd right) took his oath as newly-promoted Rear Admiral of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) before Admiral Danilo A. Abinoja, commandant of the PCG (left). Also in photo are DOTC Undersecretary Elena Bautista (right), who took her oath as Commodore, and Vice Admiral Joselito C. Aseniero, PCGA National Director. The awarding ceremony was held at PCG National Headquarters, Port Area Manila last December 10, 2007.


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Ex-coast guard commander to form new rescue group

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ilo/2008/...scue.group.html

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By Jay Dooma Balnig


CAPTAIN Nilo Sazon, former Squadron Commander of Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), denied allegations that he is forming a break away faction.

Sazon said his term as squadron commander has already ended this year and that he is forming another group, the Philippine Navy Rescue (PNR) team.

Arroyo Watch: Sun.Star blog on President Arroyo

Several people raised a question after knowing that Sazon recently formed his own rescue group, the PNR with a scope of operation within Western Visayas.

Sazon was the former squadron Commander of the 601st PCGA based in Iloilo.

Speculations hounded, saying that too much politics and power play inside the Iloilo's most outstanding volunteer group, the PCGA, was the very reason that Sazon decided to make his own rescue group.
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Divers find air pockets inside sunken ship

Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:30 PM

Navy frogmen scouring the wreckage of the ill-fated MV Princess of Stars along the coast of Romblon have found air pockets inside the sunken ship, giving hope that survivors may still be trapped inside.

Transportation and Communication Undersecretary Elena Bautista, head of the Presidential Task Force Princess of the Stars, told reporters during the weekly Usapang Daungan Sa Danarra Hotel in Quezon City that reports indicated that a portion of the sunken ship has spaces that may provide temporary shelter to survivors.

" I am praying that God will give miracle plenty of miracles this time," Bautista said.

The search and rescue operation is now being carried on by navy frogmen, including volunteer divers from the Coast Guard Auxiliary units.

Bautista said aside from the search for survivors inside the ship, the inter-agency task force has set up a command post at Pasacao port in Camarines Sur where some 115 bodies were spotted by US spy planes. --Perseus Echeminada

http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Local%20...2&aid=200806269

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Volunteer divers, the Garon sisters

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Ive seen them on GMA7.

They're cute. ....... Single? :armywink:

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Indeed, .. one more reason to smile despite the tragedy and all.
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