The Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commenced the Exercise “PAGKAKAISA” 2019 in an opening ceremony held today at Nonato Multi-purpose Hall, Naval Base Cavite.
Exercise PAGKAKAISA 2019 is the first ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize the complementing capabilities for an effective protection, security and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction.
Said cooperation includes Cooperative Deployment particularly in the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise, Northern Luzon, Southern Mindanao; Maritime Law Enforcement operations; Search and Rescue Operations; Shore based and at-sea training, information exchanges, repair and maintenance assistance and other related maritime cooperation.
Gracing the occasion was the Commander, Philippine Fleet Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo who, in his remarks, expressed the importance of collaborative effort in the conduct of Maritime Security Operations, saying “I am glad about this collaborative exercise because this will educate our Navy of what our maritime partners are capable of doing. It will also strengthen the connection of the two organization in facing the different challenges of the service”.
Exercise “PAGKAKAISA” 2019 will not only enhance the camaraderie with the Philippine Coast Guard, but will also boost its capability and further capacitate its personnel in the conduct of maritime security and sovereignty patrols, as the Navy stays true to its commitment to protect the seas and secure the nation’s future. PHILIPPINE FLEET