The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) welcomed Auxiliary Ensign Julia Barretto as among the newest members of PCG Auxiliary K9 Squadron on September 1. PCG said “auxiliary means volunteer. Members of the PCG Auxiliary are committed to serve the PCG by offering their time, efforts, and resources without expecting anything in return.”
PCG commandant Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. led the donning and oath-taking ceremonies of Auxiliary Ensign Barretto, together with Auxiliarist Ando Cruise Catipay, Auxiliarist Jalil Laidan, and Auxiliarist Harold Jocel Talan held at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila.
Admiral Ursabia expressed his gratitude to the new members of the PCGA who committed to serve the nation by supporting the Coast Guard in the performance of humanitarian missions and disaster response operations.
Ursabia highlighted the increasing need for K9 units in the country for the promotion of national security.
According to PCG, with the construction of the PCG – PPA K9 Academy in Clark, Pampanga, CG Admiral Ursabia shared that the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through PCG and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), could soon provide high quality and competent K9 units in different government agencies nationwide.