“IT WILL NOT BE AN EASY JOURNEY, I TELL YOU, BUT WITH GOD IN YOUR MIDST, YOU WILL CERTAINLY BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. FOR IF GOD IS WITH US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?” This was Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr during the oath taking ceremony of 15 probationary ensigns, composed of eight nurses and seven medical technologists, held at the PCG National Headquarters this afternoon, 18 August 2020.
The newly recruited health workers will strengthen the PCG Medical Service which has approximately 200 active medical personnel serving at the frontline, specifically in various swabbing centers to uphold the welfare of fellow Filipinos.
Admiral Ursabia warmly welcomed the newly appointed probationary ensigns who joined the service in such a time when their technical expertise and valuable service are greatly needed for the safety and welfare of the general public.
“Congratulations for joining us. You have chosen the right track in your life. Minsan lang tayo nag-de-decide kung ano ang maganda para sa ating buhay. I tell you, ladies and gentlemen, you have made the perfect choice by joining the Philippine Coast Guard — a noble service where you can really help our country and our people,” Admiral Ursabia stated.
Notwithstanding the small number of inductees at the latest oath taking ceremony, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade personally decided to grace the simple and low-key activity this afternoon via video conference.
“Nandidito ho ako ngayon ‘pagkat gusto kong makita ang mga bagong probationary ensigns — mga bagong bayani na kasama nating tatahak at makikibaka sa kalaban, lalo’t higit sa COVID. Gusto ko hong pasalamatan ang kanilang desisyon na makisama’t makisanib sa Philippine Coast Guard. Kasama kayo sa pamamaraan ng ating pagpapalakas ng Philippine Coast Guard,” Secretary Tugade exhorted.
In his short message, Secretary Tugade reminisced the day when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave his marching order to him as the overseer of the PCG.
He shared how the chief executive mandated him to strengthen the overall capability of the PCG through resources, manpower, policies, strategies, and other means possible.
“Kaya nga ba’t sa aking pag-aalaala ng araw na iyon ako’y nagagalak na sabihin sa inyo na sa tulong ng mga men and women of the Philippine Coast Guard, sa liderato at administrasyon ng ating Commandant, George Ursabia Jr, pwede nating ipagmalaki na sabihin: Mr. President, Sir, today, we have started making the Philippine Coast Guard strong,” Secretary Tugade added, emphasizing how the recruitment of highly skilled manpower and the procurement of the latest and most advanced vessels, aerial assets, equipment, and facilities contribute to the growing capability of the PCG as a maritime law enforcement body.
The good secretary concluded his message by affirming the men and women of the Coast Guard under the leadership of Admiral Ursabia of his full confidence and trust that the PCG will not only increase in number and resources, but more importantly, deepen its impact to the life of every Filipino, most especially in this time of pandemic.
“Tayo ho, kayo at ako, kasama ang ating mahal na Commandant, kasama rin lahat ng mga nakapaloob sa Philippine Coast Guard; Tayo ho ay isang pamilya at personal na sinasabi ko sa inyo, ISANG PAMILYA — WALANG BIBITAW. WALANG IWANAN,” Secretary Tugade ended.
Also present during the ceremony were Deputy Commandant for Operation, Vice Admiral Leopoldo Laroya, Deputy Commandant for Administration, Vice Admiral Lyndon Latorre, and Chief of Coast Guard Staff, Rear Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan.
On 30 July 2020, the PCG held the oath taking ceremony of 21 probationary ensigns, composed of 19 medical technologists, one psychometrician, and one physician, to beef up the manpower of the PCG Medical Service in providing proactive public service to win the country’s battle against COVID-19. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD