Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant, Adm. George Ursabia Jr., visited the Philippine Navy (PN) headquarters in Naval Station Jose Andrada, Manila, Tuesday, November 10, as a gesture of strengthening ties with the PN towards enhancing governance in the country’s maritime domain.
During his visit, Adm. Ursabia met with the PN flag officer in command, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, along with the select members of his staff to discuss successful collaborations and plans especially in the conduct of maritime law enforcement all over the country.
The two officials underscored the importance of a good working relationship considering that their respective organizations is working under the same maritime environment.
In his remarks, Navy chief Bacordo emphasized that the, “Navy and the Coast Guard and all the maritime agencies should be complementing each other.”
He added that the PN and PCG should be complementing each other because,” we are not competitors we share the same maritime space [and] the problems in the maritime area is the same problem [we face].”
The PCG commandant for his part highlighted that, “there are a lot of users in the sea but there are also a lot of violators to the sea and our job is to ensure safety, security, and a clean ocean and seas. Hence, we really need the PN and other agencies such as BFAR, Customs, and others, to help us achieve this. This meeting will be a start and we are looking forward that we can strengthen our partnership and be together in protecting our seas and waters.”
He concluded by expressing his appreciation for the two maritime organization’s continued “harmonious relationship”.
This visit came two months after the FOIC, PNs courtesy call to PCG commandant and visit to the PCG headquarters in South Harbor, Manila.
Said engagements were aimed to strengthen ties between the two agencies as they share the responsibility of monitoring and defending the Philippine maritime domain as they strengthen ties towards enhancing governance in our archipelagic waters. NAVY.MIL.PH