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|USCGA to accept Filipino cadets|
|Topic Started: Dec 24 2010, 08:20 PM (621 Views)|
|zztopy||Dec 24 2010, 08:20 PM Post #1|
y JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
December 24, 2010, 2:30pm
MANILA, Philippines - The human resource development program of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) had recently reached another breakthrough as the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut finally revived its previous program that will enable the PCG to send their top recruits to the international cadetship program of the USCGA.
PCG Commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo yesterday welcomed the recent development after he had received the letter of confirmation from Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, United States Coast Guard (USCG) director for Reserve and Leadership responding on behalf of USCG commandant Admiral Robert Papp regarding the renewed partnership between the two premiere maritime agencies.
The RP Coast Guard chief disclosed that admission program for Filipino cadets in the USCGA was temporarily stopped in 1997 when the PCG formally broke away from the Philippine Navy and became an independent armed service under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC).
“When we are still under the Armed Forces of the Philippines as one of the main branch of Philippine Navy, the top cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) can avail the admission program to cross enroll either in U.S. Military Academy in Westpoint, U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis or the USCGA in Connecticut but when we finally became an independent armed service from the Navy in 1997, the said program was stopped since it was only offered to PMA cadets and we have already our own cadetship program”, Tamayo said.
Admiral Tamayo, who is also a graduate of the said academy in 1979 and set to retire by April of next year, said that this admission opportunity for Filipino cadets will definitely enhance the capability their future commission officers.
“Under the new Coast Guard Act, we are authorized to either train or send cadets to cognizant maritime academies such as the USCGA”, Tamayo noted.
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