Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr and Philippine Navy (PN) Flag-Officer-in-Command, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo J Bacordo are planning to strengthen the Coast Guard – Navy partnership through cross training and sharing of facilities.
In a meeting at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila yesterday, 29 September 2020, fellow Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1987 graduates shared their vision of realizing STRONG, COLLABORATIVE, AND UNITED PHILIPPINE SERVICE COMMANDS that may be initiated by the Coast Guard and the Navy that both perform maritime law enforcement functions.
“This is the very purpose of inviting the Navy and other service commands to the Coast Guard – to show our frontline units that we are doing such an effort to have a good relationship and we expect our frontline units to be doing the same,” Admiral Ursabia said.
“Our common goal is to improve our working relationship, not only in Manila, but in the entire archipelago,” the Coast Guard Commandant added.
During the meeting, Admiral Ursabia and Vice Admiral Bacordo discussed their intention to pursue PCG – PN cross training through the relocation of the Coast Guard Education Training and Doctrine Command (CGETDC) Headquarters from Manila to a land area beside the Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command – Philippine Navy (NETDC) in San Antonio, Zambales.
“Once we come up with corresponding legal documents for the Coast Guard to use at least 15 hectares of said area, we will develop it. Hence, whatever facilities the Navy have, we can utilize and vice versa,” Admiral Ursabia shared.
Admiral Ursabia and Vice Admiral Bacordo are hopeful that the PCG – PN technical working groups that will be formed for the pursuit of said project will be productive and successful to be able to train and transform future PCG and PN personnel who are strong, collaborative, and united.
After the meeting, Admiral Ursabia showcased the PCG’s newest H145 light twin engine helicopter from Germany that is currently utilized in maritime search and rescue and marine environmental protection initiatives, as well as in the transport of PPE sets and medical supplies in various cities and provinces across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD