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The much daunted “global crisis” has prompted some of the world’s leading financial technocrats and managers to review and redefine their respective country’s existing trading and economic policies in order to mitigate the long –term.
 
In this case of the Philippines, our country is “probably fortunate” to have the usual financial miracle coming from the much need Dollar remittances from the more than Ten (10) million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) that span from Europe \, Middle East, Austral-Asia and the continental United States including all oceans of the world (of course, we have to include our seafarers). The infusion of the green bucks from our OFWs, more often stabilizes the country’s Balance of Payment thereby alleviating our country’s dependency on the U.S. dollar.
 
But for how long are we going to be dependent on our OFW remittances in order to literally save our economy from unforeseen fortuitous economic events? As an economic policy direction, are we going to maintain our global niche as the foremost labor export producing country in the next Thirty (30) years? Do we have a choice?
 
          Although our President had infused some major structural economic reforms in order to jeep our country’s economy resilient in the face of this global economic downturn, our policy makers in government (both local and national) should collectively look for some ways and means to find for some durable and lasting solutions in order to galvanize our domestic economy and make the same as the bulwark of progress and development, and not relying heavily on overseas remittances,
 
If one has to review the present political grouping of nations around the world , by way of dissecting the major political and social events that had influenced mankind in the las 1,500 years, and likewise basing it from the historical perspective presented to us by   Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, Western historians we could readily agree primarily that nations of today is practically an indirect by-product of “trade” of natural resources, most specially, food commodities that cannot be found in Europe. These are the silk trade route to China the European demand for sugar and spices from the Indies , the European thirst for coffee from Africa and South America (gold as well), the European demand for tea from Asia, the discovery of oil in the Arabian peninsula, the establishment of the British East India  Company to oversee (later govern) India’s natural resources and the commodities (which eventually led mahatma Gandhi to dramatize the plight of his people against the imposition of “salt taxes”, and later on went to something politically bigger leading to India’s gaining of independence). Yet these are just few of the myriad economic events (that involves trade) that had crucially shaped the culture and political destinies and divisions of most countries in Asia, Africa and America.
 
 
          In other words, trade plays a major role not only in the economic but in the socio-political survival of a nation. As can be analyzed in the foregoing examples, we can simply say that the reason why societies of men engage in trading activity since time immemorial is because of their ultimate need of filling up their stomach of food for survival and hoarding natural resources for their nations survival, And because of this, strong nations have emerged out of the societies of those men who have perfected the art and power of trade, in particular, the shipping trade. It is on this context that we have to examine on untapped corner in the Philippines where all the potential elements of becoming a major trading post in Southeast Asia are present and that is, the Southern part of Palawan province.
 
          We start with the story of garlic, onion, cooking oil, sugar, tea, coffee, fish, noodles, and the likes, all “small foodstuffs” and bits and pieces of natural resources fo man’s everyday needs and for his stomach – foodstuffs and natural resources that had redefined the global political landscape of mankind for the last 500 years. Small items they may seem, but indeed history would tell us that they had shaped i rub-shaped many a nation. And this is where we contemplate on how to shape the economic direction of our nation through starting on the simple trade of these commodities with our neighbors and vice-versa, which would probably lead into something economically rewarding in the future. The idea here is to start small and simple.
 
          For 1,500 years, the people of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Southern Palawan have been trading their foodstuffs with their neighbors from Sabah, Malaysia and even in Indonesia, simply because it is near and convenient for them, Peace abounds in their societies despite some small tribal conflicts. They socially interact and trade with each other, There were no known political, social and cultural boundaries to speak about. It was only until the advent of the British the Spanish and the American colonization period, and the aftermath of World War II that most of our societies in this part of Southeast Asia were politically, socially and culturally divided,
 
          However despite the political developments that had happened in the lastly 500 years in our area and as we have entered the dawn of the 21st century, our Southern peoples have persisted in their trading activities along with their counterparts in Malaysia, Bournei and Indonesia. This unorganized activity of informal trading for
“small foodstuffs” and bits and pieces of natural resources (which is actually vital fir their survival), is somewhat oblivious to the mind of the today’s planner, which at present, has actually redounded to indirectly inducing security problems in terms of smuggling, social apathy lawlessness, criminalities, and the likes due to the absence of CIVILIAN government infrastructure, such as, Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (Coast Guard and Police), or otherwise known as CIQS, to take care in processing this trading and the movement of people.
 
          Since no CIVILIAN authorities are checking them every time they cross the border to buy onion, garlic, cooking oil and even gasoline or diesel to fuel their generators (since there is no electricity in their area), they would rather do their marketing in Kudat, Sandagan, Kota kinabalo, Lubuan or even in Brunei, which would only take them between 30 minutes to 5 hours of se travel, depending in the distance of the place where they are coming from.
 
           In today’s political and economic language this is purely illegal, but in the language of these people, this activity is “legal” since their forefathers have been doing this for hundreds of years. In the case if the people in Blabac and Mangsee Islands, their dilemma is also exacerbated by the fact that if they force themselves to buy their daily supply from Puerto Princesa City, It would take them one day to reach their destination by sea and by land, in addition to spending a lot of money and fuel, fare, and lodging expenses, notwithstanding that the prices of goods there, are far more expensive that in Sabah.
 
          This story may be considered a cliché by some of our economic planners, since they would say that thus problem is just a typical one befalling those people living in the far-flung areas of Southern Mindanao, and this situation has been a perennial problem of the government way back during the time of President Marcos. They would further add that our government then, in order to uplift the living conditions of our Muslim and Christian brothers in those areas, had established the barter trade posts in Zamboanga and Jolo, but subsequently it failed due to some abuses. So what is new about this trade? Why push for it since it will just fail anyway like the barter trade posts in Zamboanga and Jolo.
 
          Of coursem the big difference is, in  a ”barter  trade”, one has a concession from the government where goods coming from Sabah are free of tax, while in “conventional trade”, one has to pay the corresponding duties and taxes accruing the imported goods.
 
          At this junctuyre, if we pause for a while and reflect on the geo-political configurtation of Southern Plawan (temporarily putting aside Zamboanga, Basilan, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi from our discussion), vis-à-vis its economic potential, one would discover the following facts:
 
There are more than half a million people living in Southern Palawan. Since most of them use sea transportation to go to Manila it normally takes the almost two (2) days to reach their destination. Goods in Palawan become expensive because of expensive freight cost.
Travel time by sea from the Southernmost tip of Plaawan to Kudat, Kota Kinabalo, Labuan or Brunei is between 30 minutes to 5 hours, depending on the place where they come from (and also depending on the speed of the boat as well).
A lot of goods, supplies and materials are cheaper in Sabah as compared to buyinh the same in puerto Princesa City, since most of them come from Manila, where time, freight, man-hours, shipping turn-around are added costs.
Strait of Balabac is considered a vital international sea lane since most ships coming from Singapore or the Strait of Malacca bounded for the U.S. pass through this water. Lord Stamford Raffles, if he is alive today, would also envisage Southern Palawan as the next Singapore in Asia. During his time, nobody would ever thought that Singapore would eventually metamorphose as a world renowned shipping hub, except that this Island is adjacent to the Strait of Malacca, Like Southern Palawan is adjacent to the Strait of Balabac.
Philippines had initiated in the ASEAN an economic program of an increase in free trade coupled with “zero tariff” rate in the year 2020. Opening Southern Palawan to the world through initializing the conventional trade with Sabah may open a floodgate of unquantifiable economic opportunities for the Philippines.
Eighty (80) percent of goods in “169” Divisoria and most stores in Baclaran (probably even in SM and Rustans) are either imported from China, Thailand, U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, etc. Why can’t Southern Palawan import the same goods from Sabah and sell the same to its local stores since traders would pay the same duties and taxes anyway? Simply because, there is no established conventional trade in Southern Palawan from abroad for the reason tha it lacks the administrative government infrastructure such as the CIQS.
Southern Palawan has a big potential to become the next “168” Divisoria or a wholesale trade center of goods not found in Manila (or found to be expensive). This, luring big Filipino businessmen to trade wholesale in this area. The RORo p[ort in Taytay (North of Palawan mainland) will be completed before the end of the year, and travel time to Manila from this port would only take approximately 12 to 15 hours, as compared with the present travel time of almost 48 hours. In a way, this will encourage traders to buy wholesale goods and materials from Palawan bought from Sabah, thence, transport the same to Manila and oother point of destinations in Luzon.
Direct flight from Puerto Pirncesa to Kota Kinabalo is only approximately 40 minutes; a great potential for tourism. In fact, one airline has started commercial flights that costs P2.800 which is cheaper than flying to Manila from Puerto Pricesa. One could practically spend his time in Kota Kinabalo and Brunei over the weekend since there is no visa requirement. The same holds true for tourists coming from Sabah who would want to visit Palawan.
Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have a combined consumer population of approximately 300 million, coupled with and abundance of skilled and talented manpower, as well as natural resources.

The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA will hold its traditional Maritime Week Celebration from Sept 22-29, 2019 in a simple but meaningful manner.

Timed with the observance of National Seafarer’s Day with the theme: “Marinong Filipino-Kababaihan: PalakasinsaIndustriya!”,Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo PCG(Ret), Senior Executive Vice President for Maritime Affairs (SEVPMA), and at the same time the Executive Director, International Student Affairs, has enjoined the College of Maritime Education, through its Deans-Capt Lexington Calumpang, ChiefmateDaniloLumbres, and Engr Verna Azucena to enliven the spirit of the week-long celebration in honor of seafarers around the world, often dubbed as the world’s silent or day-to-day heroes.

Perpetualite cadets will participate in the following activities within the campus, and in most of the activities organized in celebration of the 24th National Seafarers’ Day which has adopted the IMO Theme: Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Engr Rodolfo Nava, Adviser of UPHSD CME Maritime Student Council, is designated in-charge of all the preparations.

24th National Seafarers’ Day Activities

D A T E

A C T I V I T I E S

Sep 22, Sunday, 0700H

AMOSUP Kick-off Mass at Seafarer’s Statue,  Baywalk

Sep 23, Monday,1700H

HARANA by the Bay(PCG Philharmonic Orchestra), Baywalk Manila

Sep 24, Tuesday, 1400H

PASIKLABAN 2019(AIMS Compound, Pasay City)

Sep 25, Wednesday,

Boodle Fight Lunch Time–LUSWELF

Sep 26, Thursday

Boses ng Marino Karaoke Challenge(Whole Day), LUSWELF AMOSUP Covention Hall, Intramuros, Manila

0800H – 11th On-the-Spot ART Contest

1300H – 16th Oratorical Contest

Sep 27, Friday

6th NSD-SeamanOnLine Wacky at Sea Photo Contest

Western Union – Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) 2019 Judging

Sep 29, Sunday 0700H       

PCG Compound Memorial at Sea – Rite of Remembrance (Ecumenical Service)

 

0630H -24th NSD Grand Parade (Assembly at Raja Sulayman Park,Roxas Blvd, Manila)

 

0900H - Holy Eucharist

 

1000H - NSD Program

 

Awarding of NSD Contests Winner

 

On the spot art

Sep 29, Sunday

-Oratorical,

 

-Boses ng Marino Karaoke Chalenge,

 

-WackyPhoto at Sea,and

 

-Western Union’s TOMSP

 

1200H - End of Program

 

On-Campus Activities:

 

DATE

TIME

ACTIVITIES

Sep 25 (Wednesday)

 

 

0800H-0900H

 

1400H-1900H

 

 

 

Mass (UPHSD Chapel)

 

IF  -   Opening of Maritime Days

 

     -    UPHSD CME Video Presentation

 

-       Investiture and Orientation of New Students

 

-       Health Awareness Seminar

 

-       Static Display (Sep 25-26, 2019)

 

-       Opening of Fellowship Games

 

Sep 26

(Thursday)

 

 

0800H-1900H

 

Continuation of Games

 

·         Basketball/ Football

 

·         Track and Field

 

·         Chess, and Swimming

 

·         Tug of War

 

        (Special Edition: Teaching vs Non-Teaching)

 

Boodle Fight

 

 

 

Sep 27

(Friday)

 

1200H-1700H

1830H-2100H

 

Continuation of Games

 

Mr./Ms. Maritime Night

 

Awarding Ceremonies

 

 

The SEVPMA is thus expecting all members of the UPHS DALTA and JONELTA maritime faculty and staff, and their respective cadets to actively participate in the week-long celebration as the University of Perpetual Help System continues to advocate its time-honored guiding principle that “Character Building is Nation Building.”

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Education, has been often defined, “is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual”. Education also is a process of educating or teaching and its only purpose is to teach a student how to live his life – by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality.

Integral in achieving the Command’s goal is the development of a Coast Guard wide management culture for all the Officers and personnel. And as the Philippines Coast Guard diligently performs its mandated tasks of ensuring safety, security and protecting the marine environment, it also has to maintain its competitiveness with other agencies as well as other institutions. Further, with the realization of the need for improving the student’s capabilities as well as the quality of instructors, a comprehensive analysis and hands-on alignment of educational practices across all levels and leadership of its personnel was developed.

Improving the PCG’s efficiency through education, training, structures, and system development is the key towards national and global competitiveness. This approach enables the organization to efficiently achieve its set of objectives.

Local Training. On the current courses, students are required meet the mandated proficiency mark set by the Coast Guard Education and Training Doctrine and Development Research Center (DDRC). It also contains the instructional practice being used and how those practices affect a student’s performance.

Realizing that this command needs some improvement particularly on special and technological aspect, as well as the educational trends in order to be globally competitive, there is a need to identify the best practices in instruction.

The PCG recently held a simultaneous convening for the various courses being conducted by the Command. Theses include, inter alia, The Coast Guard Officers Course Class(CGPC) 10 – 09, Candidate Coast Guardsman Course Class(CGMC) 18-09 abroad Coast Guard Training Facility, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City, the Basic Underwater Special Operation Course (BUSOC), K9 Handlers Course at Coast Guard Base Farola ,Maritime Security (MARSEC) at Coast Guard District Northern Luzon, Maritime Safety Administration (MARSAD) at CG District Western Visayas, Coast Guard Staff Course(CGSC) at CGETC, CG Base Farola, General Operation Technician Course(GOTC) at CGWCEISS, Mandaluyong City , Aids to Navigation Course(ATON) at HMSSC, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Currently, there are also tow(2) officers taking – up Master in Ship Management at PMMA Graduate School, two (2) officers taking up Public  Safety Officers Senior Executive Course at NPC, Fort Bonifacio, and tow (2) Enlisted Personnel taking up Public Safety Investigation  and Detection Course at General Headquarters (GHQ).

As future leaders, PCG officers as well as senior enlisted personnel need to have the full capabilities particularly with planning and decision-making Leadership capabilities as well as management skills need to be given emphasis as preparation for bigger responsibility.

FOREIGN TRAINING. With the goal of being the best among others and being globally competitive, it is essential that the specialized skills and trainings attained by individuals are shared and applied to the organization.

In today’s complex environment and much competition from various counterparts abroad, PCH personnel must possess efficiency in the different aspects of learning in order to be equally competitive with other students. Fluency in the international language is beneficial and can be considered an advantage particularly in better comprehension and communication.

The Office CG-12 for Education and Training is tasked to recommend and select able and efficient candidates and PCG’s proponents to the various training abroad through the Education and Training Board (ETB) that assesses requirements, eligibility and determines the personnel’s training needs.

The personnel’s capability to adjust to a foreign culture, as well as, foreign language capability reaches beyond the roles of linguistics, intelligence, analysts. Theses delivery strategies as well as the inherent professionalism, conduct, leadership skills, effective performance and competencies are key contributors in achieving quality output and identifying the future developments.

By providing continuous personnel improvement through the various PCG leadership development programs, the Command is able to enhance the professional management quality of its personnel.

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Flower Shop in Makati | Featured Flowers for the third week of August. 

 

 

For the month of August and for our featured flower of the week, we are featuring 3 flowers or blooms that match our current month. These are the Black Eyed Susan flowers, Bottle Gentian flower and the Dense Blazingstar flower.

 

 

For the first flower we are featuring, Black Eyed Susan is covered with brilliant yellow flowers with jet-black centers for up to three months in summer and fall, often right up to the first hard frost. Grows two-to-five feet tall. This plant is a favorite of many home gardeners. The species is a short-lived perennial, often living only two or three years. It produces copious amounts of seed and quickly re-seeds itself. It is also the State Flower of Maryland. For our second featured flower, the deep bluish purple flowers of Bottle Gentian never fully open, giving them their characteristic bottle-like appearance. Its shape prevents all but the largest insects from entering. Bumblebees force themselves inside by pushing the petals apart. One of the last plants to bloom in fall, it grows one-to-two feet tall. And for our last featured flower, the dense Blazing Star features bold purple flower clusters on tall spikes. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies and moths. The fluffy flowers bloom from top to bottom on the spikes which can reach six feet tall. Blooms burst forth in July and last into September.

 

Our flower shop in Makati, Yourflowerpatch features different flowers to educate you of different types of flowers and their respective symbolism. August in the philippines is the rainiest month (except on the eastern seaboard, Regions IVA (CALABARZON) and V (Bicol Region) where it’s the driest), you’ll probably get awesome discounts on tours and accommodation. Durian season, a popular fruit, begins in Mindanao and surf season launches in Siargao. Also did you know that august is history month in the philippines? History Month is observed in August by virtue of Proclamation No. 339 signed on Feb. 26, 2012 by then President Benigno Aquino III. By doing so, the proclamation moved History Week, previously observed from Sept. 15 to 21, to August and made it a month-long celebration. Going back, for this month and week, which is the 3rd week, let’s start with for flower arrangements we would suggest FP-V34 3 Lovely Yellow Tulips and 1 Stem of Orchard-fresh Stargazer Lily in a Vase price at 2,795.00, FP-B295 Bouquet of 1 stem Orchard-fresh Stargazer, 3pcs Vibrant Orange Gerbera with Happy Birthday Balloon and Panda 12" in height price at 2,495.00, FP-B263 Bouquet of 1 Dozen Elegant white Roses with Hoodie Bear price at 2,495.00, FP-B297 Bouquet of Mixed Flowers, 3 Stem of freshly picked sunflowers, 1 stem Orchard-fresh stargazer, 6pcs Vibrant Gerbera, 6pcs Traditional red roses, 3pcs Blooming Carnation and mums price at 4,695.00 and FP-B231 Bouquet of 6 Delicate Korean Roses price at 2,195.00.

 

We are your flower shop in makati. We’ll do our best to make every day, any day and special days, special occasion, more beautiful, memorable and enjoyable.

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently barred from leaving the country seven undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who attempted to depart in the guise of being tourists. BI Port Operations Acting Chief, Grifton Medina said the passengers were deferred to depart after being intercepted on separate occasions last week at NAIA Terminal 2 and 3.

“They were not allowed to leave after they admitted under questioning that they are not tourists but are actually going abroad to work,” He said. He reiterated his warning to those who intend to work overseas not to evade the travel requirements for OFWs by pretending to be tourists as “there is very little chance you will not be caught by our vigilant immigration officers at the airports.” Reports submitted by the Travel Control and Enforcememt Unit (TCEU) Head, Ma. Timotea C. Barizo to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that two of the passengers were intercepted at NAIA 2 last Sept. 14 as they were about to depart for Hongkong. They were barred to depart after they were noticed traveling with a woman who is in the bureau’s alert list of suspected human traffickers facilitating the deployment of undocumented workers abroad. On Sept. 15, four Malta-bound “tourist workers” were apprehended at the NAIA 2 departure area after they presented questionable documents regarding the purpose of their travel. They initially claimed they were attending a symposium but later admitted during interview that they were hired to work as maids in Malta. They further alleged that each of them gave P500,000 to their handler in return for processing their travel documents and visas. Barizo also reported the interception last Sept. 17 of a Filipina bound for Istanbul, Turkey who was caught in possession of a fraudulent overseas employment certificate. All seven passengers were turned over to the NAIA Task Force Against Trafficking in Person (NAIATFAT) for further investigation.

                                                                       

Read more: https://borderops.ph/news/press-release/822-7-undocumented-ofws-not-tourist-but-going-abroad-to-work-this-according-to-bureau-of-immigration-port-operations-chief-grifton-medina

When the Philippine Coast Guard separated from the Philippine Navy in 1998, its initial Corps of Officers is composed of men and women with multifarious backgrounds and areas of expertise. In order to cope with the personnel and material growth of the organization, the PCG started its own Officer procurement and Enlisted Personnel recruitment in 2000. The Coast Guard Education and Training Command served the purpose of providing the basic training and education needs of the new Officers and Enlisted Personnel. They were also cross-trained with other maritime training institutions to further enhance their knowledge and skills, thus allowing them to cope with the ever-developing standardization requirements of the maritime industry.

Yet, the continous growth of local and international shipping – the PCG’s main clientele demands that the organization further grow and expand in terms of men and materiel. Thus,.in its amended 15-Year Development Program, the PCG intends to reach a troop ceiling of 25,000 Officers and Enlisted Personnel by year 2020.

Giving emphasis to the critical role of Officers in steering the helm of leadership of the organization as envisioned by SECRETARY LEANDRO R MENDOZA, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications recently gave the impetus for the creation of a Philippine Coast Guard Academy and for such to be established within 5 years after its conception. The Philippine Coast Guard Academy is envisioned to become the source of Coast Guard Officers who will then help steer the organization to the next generation and beyond.

Having been granted the imprimatur, ADMIRAL WILFREDO D TAMAYO PCG Commandant, PCG sought the assistance of RADM FIDEL E DINOSO, President of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy which is the country’s premier maritime training institution. With the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between PCG and PMMA, the latter agreed to accommodate 70 PCG Cadets annually for the next 2 years to join their Baccalaureate programs in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering. This arrangement was reached considering necessary infrastructure, facility, faculty and support systems for the envisioned PCG Academy are being set up and organized. With this arrangement, the PCG shall pay the PMMA the full scholarship fee for each PCG Cadet trained by the PMMA.

Meanwhile, PCG Cadets who will be joining the PMMA Cadetship program shall benefit from the IMO-standard training facilities of the PMMA. The PCG is thus, assured of professional competence upon their completion of their courses and upon their eventual entry into the PCG service.

Read more: https://tourofdutyphil.com/43-the-philippine-coast-guard-academy

This was according to Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina. This was in relation to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted 16 undocumented overseas Filipino workers who attempted to leave the country by disguising themselves as tourists. The full story is below .

PASAY, Philippines--Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted 16 undocumented overseas Filipino workers who attempted to leave the country by disguising themselves as tourists. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were intercepted in two batches at the NAIA 3 terminal last Aug. 7 as they were about to board their Cebu Pacific Airways flights to Taiwan and Hongkong. One batch consisted 12 of the passengers who were bound for Taipei while the other group of four passengers were bound for Hongkong. “They all confessed during questioning that they are not tourists and that they were hired to work abroad by illegal recruiters,” Medina said. Information obtained from BI-NAIA 3 travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) chief Anthony Lopez revealed that the 12 Taipei-bound and mostly women passengers admitted that their final destination is the United Arab Emirates where they were recruited to work by a travel agency based in Manila. On the other hand, the four Hongkong-bound women confessed that they were going to Hongkong to process their visas to China where they were allegedly promised jobs by a FilipinoChinese businessman. All 16 passengers were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation "These syndicates just won't stop," said Morente. "Many still attempt to leave in the guise of being tourists, some in fake group tours. We wish to warn our kababayan about this modus, do not fall for the sweet-talk of these illegal recruiters. They only want to profit at your expense," he warned. 

                                                                                                                                     

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MISSION STATEMENT

Tour of Duty: To promote safety of life and property at sea, safeguard the marine environment and resources, enforce all applicable laws within the Philippine waters, assist in maritime security operations, conduct search and rescue, and perform other activities in support of national development.

Mission Analysis

Tour of Duty: The major areas of government concerns under President Aquino’s administration are Transformational Leadership, Economy, Government Service, Gender Equality, Peace and Order, and Environment. Through transparent and accountable leadership, the PCG will continue to make itself more relevant as a multi-mission ma service-oriented organization. A sound economy will entail an efficient, safe, secure, environmentally-responsible and seamless maritime transportation system.

Hence, as a 24/7 seagoing agency, it is the inherent duty of the PCG to promote safety of life and property at sea. The unpredictable surge of weather caused by global climate change indicated the need for the PCG to further develop its capability as the premier maritime search and res. cue agency and at the same time, as a disaster response agency in support of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the LGUs.

The Philippines being blessed with pristine beaches and awesome wonders of nature has become one of the prime tourist destinations in Asia. With the potential of the tourist industry to further enhance the economy of the country, there is a need to upgrade and maintain the security and integrity of our country and its marine environment. Thus, the PCG must be sufficiently manned, well-equipped and prepared to address both the traditional and emerging challenges.

As champions of the environment, the PCG continues to safeguard the country's rich marine resources from threats due to maritime accidents and other irresponsible uses of seas and other navigable waterways. Through effective law enforcement and enhanced security coverage along the country's ports, harbors, and maritime destinations, the PCG will make sure that terrorism, piracy and other forms of illegal activities have no place in our waterways and shores.

Through effective and sustained coordination and interoperability with the other armed services and agencies of the government, our country will be assured that unlawful groups are provided neither haven nor refuge. This will be realized through PCG's increasing capacity for Presence, Preparedness, Partnership, Professionalism, and Passion to serve.

In the light of these contemporaneous developments, the PCG is in process of upgrading, acquiring, and maintaining its modest capability through

 

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The District Director gave an overview about ongoing and upcoming projects, events and the importance of minutes of meetings, after activity reports and the directives of the National Auxiliary Director. 
The Dep. Director for Administration gave an overview of the most important activities of PCG and PCGA in Bohol such as: emphasizing on Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, Maritime SAR, high level meetings with the Governor, and meetings with the DENR regarding carrying capacities and 20m easements. Other government representatives from the LGU’s of municipalities and the Province, NGOs such as PADO, PTC, ABCAI, PCCI, etc. were also present during the DENR meeting. 


One of the highlights of the PCG projects in Bohol is the installation of a radar system on Balicasag island. Another urgent project in close coordination with the Commander CGS is the creation of a Bohol Search And Rescue/Recovery team or unit consists of qualified PCG/PCGA officers and non-officers. As for the Province the creation of a Provincial Security and Safety Command Center involving the martime AOR’s as well as topside AOR’s is planned as suggested by the Governor of Bohol. The next meeting re that command center will commence ASAP with the Governor and his executive staff, some technical people, the Commander CGS Bohol and the Dep. Director CGADCVA, Commanders from AFP and PNP as well as others. It will be a briefing on some proposed technical interventions that can address both the peace and order and the disaster preparedness of the province. The Commander CGS Bohol is also preparing to activate new CGSS’s as well as a Coast Guard Training Center. 
Upcoming project: Medical and Dental Missions at Cabilao Island, Loon jointly initiated by CGS Bohol, CGMED Svc- CV, CG Dental Svc- CV, PCGA Bohol, LGU-Loon and Tzu Chi Foundation.

The squadron director’s present or their representatives forwarded after activity reports, and reported further on their accomplished, ongoing and upcoming activities. 
Present were:
CGADCVD, CGADCVOP, CGADCVA, 201st Squad, 203rd Squad, 207th Squad and 209th Squad as well as the PCG D7 Deputy. 
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