“When you applied in the Coast Guard, I am pretty sure that your mentality then was only for a source of income. By this time, that mentality should already be transformed. Being in the Coast Guard is not just a mere job, but a commitment to serve the country and the Filipino people.” This was Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr during the recognition ceremony of the Coast Guard Officers’ Course (CGOC) Class 25, composed of 214 males and 70 females, at the Coast Guard Training Center in Bagac, Bataan yesterday, 26 September 2020.
“To serve, you have to do it with discipline. You have to serve with professionalism. And how should you do that? My advice to all of you: You serve with humility and compassion. Remember these two virtues – humility and compassion. Because with humility and compassion, discipline and respect will certainly follow,” Admiral Ursabia said.
The Coast Guard Commandant also urged the trainees to become genuine, God-fearing, and God-centered individuals through careful internalization of the training to transform their way of thinking and reflect their character through service.
Meanwhile, Admiral Ursabia shared the plans and programs geared towards realizing a world-class Philippine Coast Guard, highlighting the significance of professional, competent, multi-skilled, and credible Coast Guardians to achieve this goal.
“We are into acquiring a lot of floating assets, aerial assets, and even facilities. We are into acquiring a hospital ship. We are also into putting up the first-of-a-kind National Maritime Command Center and more radar stations for us to be better equipped in monitoring and controlling our maritime domain. But it is not enough that we have these assets, facilities, and infrastructure. What is more important is the human resource – and it is you, especially your generation, the young ones, for you will be the ones who will inherit the PCG,” Admiral Ursabia emphasized.
To conclude, Admiral Ursabia shared his daily prayer as he encouraged the CGOC Class 25 to incessantly pray and trust God to be able to overcome challenges and become victorious in their careers in the Coast Guard.
“Lord, let it be you, not me, especially in leading the Philippine Coast Guard as Commandant, because I know I am helpless and nothing without you. Amen.” PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD