The maritime operations of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station El Nido in Palawan got a boost with the arrival of new speedboat equipped with a 15HP (horsepower), 4-stroke outboard motor (OBM), and can carry ten (10) persons.
According to PCG, the speedboat is a birthday gift to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade from his son, Perry’s Holding Corporation President and CEO Paul Louie Tugade, for the purpose of donating it to the PCG.
“Our father has always been generous to us, to our employees, and to his co-workers. We knew he wanted to give something significant to aid the PCG personnel in their duties, at the same time help our kababayan. Kaya po ito ang naisip naming ibigay para sa kanyang birthday,” Paul Louie Tugade said.
The speedboat arrived at the Coast Guard Station in Palawan on January 16 and is now being used by PCG Station El Nido.
“The speedboat will help the PCG in its mandate of performing maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, maritime safety and security, and marine environmental protection. Hindi na po nagdalawang-isip ang pamilya ko sa pag-donate nito. Ang importante ay matugunan ang pangangailangan ng PCG para maayos silang makapagserbisyo,” Secretary Tugade said.
PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr describes Secretary Tugade as a strong-willed and compassionate leader, not only of the DOTr but also the PCG.
“Secretary Tugade is not only a Secretary, but a father to the men and women of the Philippine Coast Guard. Through his generous support, we continue to serve others with utmost humility and genuine compassion. The speedboat donated by the Tugade family is a realization of his sincerity and commitment to strengthen our force and equip us with necessary resources so we may effectively perform our part in giv