The past and recent sea and disasters in the ACR of Coast Guard Station Surigao, particularly Dinagat-Surigao and approaches, and the less visibility of search and rescue units or at times the  delayed search and rescue operations by concerned agencies not to mention its limited assets and capability, prompted the need for an organization with local SEARCH AND RESCUE capability in the area. The idea was to have a search and rescue organization capable of rescue operations that would react first pending the arrival of assets from the government. Such idea was conceptualized between the coastguard in Surigao and the Surigao-Dinagat passenger motorbanca association  where its members are boat owners and operators in the area. With series of talks conducted for the idea, and finalization, the Surigao-Dinagat searchand rescue fleet was established through MOA between the  organizers and the PCG which was held on 11 December 2008. The signatories were ADMIRAL Wilfredo D Tamayo PCG, Commandant PCG and ENGR ROLDAN E LISONDRA representing Surigao Del Norte Motorized Banca Operators Association, Inc. with eighty four (84) motor banca members.

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On behalf of the Chairman of the Board and CEO, Dr./BGen.Antonio Laperal Tamayo, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome each and everyone of you to our Biñan campus which is one of the 9 campuses under the University of Perpetual Help System.

The Perpetualite Family is truly blessed and grateful to the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions or PAMI, of course through its very capable President, Engr Felix Oca, and the other PAMI officers, Engineer Benito P Chiongbian, Vice President of R-NET NCR/Southern Luzon, Mr Sabino Czar C. Manglicmot II, PAMI’s Executive Vice President, and the member institutions’ Presidents, Deans, STOs, and Department Heads, for choosing Perpetual Biñan as the venue for this 2-day strategic programming.

We take comfort in the fact that under PAMI, our 2 maritime colleges in Las Piñas and Biñan campuses, together with the other maritime schools in our country today, are equipped with the necessary tools to cope with the policies, standards, and guidelines set by MARINA and CHED to enable Higher Maritime Education Institutions to achieve quality maritime education.

The 2019 R-NET NCR/ Southern Luzon Strategic Programming is part of that journey to generate our combined and desired output.

We are all part of this prestigious Association which is guided by our burning passion for competence and excellence in maritime education. This passion helps us build and sustain the much needed unity, pride,honor, love, and respect for the maritime profession. In its 50 years of existence, PAMI has already seen a lot of action. PAMI has been instrumental in helping maintain the Philippine position in the IMO white list, particularly compliance to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. Indeed, PAMI has become one of the maritime schools’ lifelines whenever the going gets tough.

During the next few months, we will be learning about the different initiatives through PAMI’s planned activities, seminars, and special events where maritime schools can share their expertise, strategies, and hands on experiences.

Through PAMI, maritime schools work together as a team to help ensure that the Filipino seafarers will continue to be called the “seafarers of choice”worldwide.

Once again, welcome aboard, and thank you to all of you for coming.

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We invite you to visit Coast Guard District Northern Luzon for yourself which sits on a vast 3,000 sqm land in the middle of a cove lined by lengthy mile of a fine beach sand and the quiet, pristine waters of the South China Sea. A stunning million-dollar view of the sunset is reward in itself after a long hot day.

It is home to 184 CG personnel and is located in San Fernando City, La Union. One can virtually find everything here from banks to resorts, malls, food chains, commercial establishments and entertainment facilities.

Coast Guard working in this District is dictated by the geography of Regions 1 and 2 which it covers. It guards the seven (7) provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Nort, Cagayan, Batanes and Isabela. Natural features of these provinces are a common coastline which is lined by cities and municipalities. Many coastal dwellers are naturally fisher folks or have resorts as their means of earning a living. Unfortunately year-round unpredictable gale winds and seasonal tropical storms may wreak havoc to these tranquil lands. In existence also are long interlacing river systems that incidences of drowning are quite common. It is not surprising that folks here have witnessed, as seen televised, actual search and rescue operations conducted over the years. There are about 1 to 2 or more SAR operation per month because LGUs have come to depend on our search and rescue capabilities. Likewise, invitations to attend disaster-related preparedness and response conferences have steadily risen over the past months.

The nearness of Taiwan to Northern Luzon also poses a threat that distinctly belongs only to this District. Folks in Cagayan have become used to the inherent presence of lawless Taiwanese fishing vessels  involved in smuggling of goods, illegal fishing and poaching. The presence of MCS-3001, 3005 and 3006 water vessels in the area are our mighty front liners in the campaign to curb cited forms of maritime criminalities. On 12 and 15 May 2009, these MCS vessels were able to intercept two (2) of these Taiwanese fishing boats. TFB CHIN HONG CHEN and TZU FU TIEN  had on board 18 foreign nationals, charged with illegal fishing and poaching, a violation of RA 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998).

Recently, CGDNLZ played host to the first mobile training innovated by CGETC, MARSEC Class 10-09 which is a month-long course was held at the US-standard Training Facility of HCGDNLZ from 06 July to 07 August 2009. A total of 41 students, who are mostly assigned in this District, graduated during the commencement ceremony.

Where MAREP is concerned, again this District has been burdened by 4 incidences of coal spills. These incidents usually happens when coal-carrying barges making deliveries encounter tropical storms or gale winds while in transit to a port within the AOR. Industrial high-quality coals are materials needed by many power plants and cement factories situated in the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, At present, PCG is providing security to a grounded barged APOL 3001 at the coast of Brgy Suso, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. On preservation of mangroves, this District mandatory participates in all the seasonal tree-planting activities of the DENR.

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$11.    INTRODUCTION

$1o    CGDSEM AOR

The area of responsibility of Coast Guard Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM) covers the coastal waters of the province of Surigao Del Sur in the north stretching towards west to the province of Saranggani and down to the Island of Balut in the south. It also includes important bodies of water engulfing Davao region, namely; Davao Gulf, Malalag Bay of Davao Del Sur and Mayo Bay of Davao Oriental. It has a coastline extending to about 1,746 kilometers and sprawling across a water jurisdiction of about 13,747 square kilometers. Its coastal areas provide settings to six (6) cities, 48 municipalities and 1,160 coastal barangays.

$1·         DAVAO GULF

Davao Gulf cuts into Davao Region from the Celebes Sea. It is surrounded by four provinces of said region comprising of Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. A cluster of islands can be found in the gulf collectively known as the Islands Garden City of Samal. The gulf is a major fishing ground and its ranked 10th among the 24 fisheries statistical areas of the country. It also serves as the center of marine biodiversity in the region that is rich in variety of marine life. On the gulf’s west coast sprawl a number of ports serving the local and international vessels. Record shows that an average of 21, 500 vessels and about 1760 of which are foreign call the different ports of Davao. These different ports link trade and commerce to other ports of the world such as those in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Australia, Middle East, Europe and USA. The gulf is also provides the environment for local water transport as there about 54 established routes crisscrossing within its waters and serving the transportation needs of the surrounding communities . There are about 343 clusters of residential communities situated along the coasts of Davao Gulf taking advantage of the convenience and economy of water transport. It is by these features that the gulf can be described as a very ecologically, economically and socially important area to Davao region.

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Two (2) officials from the Cooperative Association of Japan Shipbuilders (CAJS) comprised of its Managing Director, Mr Sekimoto, and Mr Takashi Shioiri, Director, Shipbuilding JETRO Singapore, will extend their follow-on visit to the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (Las Piñas Campus) on Oct 10, 2019 in preparation for the planned MOA signing between CAJS and UPHSD concerning internship program that will be implemented at the member shipyards of CAJS under the auspices of the Nippon Foundation.

The said internship program will provide deserving UPHSD BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (BSNAME) studentsand/or graduates the opportunity to acquire high level of expertise by allowing the interns the opportunity to experience practical training in any of the CAJS member shipyards.

UPHSD CME will refer candidates for this internship based on BSNAME students’ academic performances, and willingness to be employed at a Japanese shipyard after completion of the program.

In support of this program, the travel expenses, accommodation, food, daily allowances, and Japanese language learning fees of the interns will be covered by CAJS and its member shipyards.

Admiral Wilfredo D Tamayo PCG(Ret), Senior Executive Vice President for Maritime Affairs (SEVPMA), and at the same time, the Executive Director for International Student Affairs (ED, ISA), had advised the 3 UPHSD CME Deans- Capt Lexington S Calumpang, Dean, UPHSD CME, C/M Danilo M Lumbres, Dean for Discipline, Student Affairs, and Special Concerns, and Engr Verna Azucena, Dean of BSNAME, to brief and guide the CAJS officials for their better appreciation of the University’s up-to-date facilities including classrooms, simulators, and other laboratories/ equipment, and its line-up of well qualified faculty. A screening committee within the College of Maritime Education will be formed to select internship candidates for this program.

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Friday, 11 October 2019 02:50

Passionate Coastguarding

During its 26th anniversary celebration in June 2009. Coast Guard District Western Visayas adopted seemingly “old-new” theme- passionate coastguarding. Old because “passion” is an oft-used word to describe something or someone of intensity, to the point of being a cliché. New because the word is not a favorite to describe or characterize a technical thing, more so a technical service that is engaged in the serious business of safety and security. But despite the lack of bravado, they are interesting and substantial words that one can live by.

As the Philippine Coast Guard celebrates its 108th founding anniversary, there is that compelling urge to visit those words anew. For the words seem to sound a theme good not only for one anniversary but for many anniversaries. It might even be a theme for “all seasons”.

At a glance it may seem unlikely theme. The words do not seem to fit, or go along well like a mismatched pair. It doesn’t evoke the aura of loftiness, nay seriousness of common themes – say “Dedicated and Committed Coast Guard”. It also doesn’t conjure the nationalistic fervor of one framed in the national language, like – “Malinis, mapayapa at ligtas na karagatan” Still, the words have certain charm and appeal that seem to resonate well to those who desire (or demand) more from the Coast Guard. They reflect the yearning better and go beyond the normal. Although the operative word is coast guarding, one cannot help to be titillated by the modifier. Indeed, one is wont to think of the sensual or temporal when we speak of “passionate”, ignoring its other equally interesting meanings. Even the Greek ‘pathos’ where the word passionate was derived exudes several meanings e.g. – something that happen to you bad or good, intense feelings of want or need, showing great love and affection, etc. Just the first two definitions could already evoke a wide spectrum of meanings and interpretations, a testament to the encompassing and overarching power of the word.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 04:49

CG District Southern Tagalog: In Review

Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog (CGDSTL) is located in the fast rising economic center of the country where the Strong Republic Nautical Highway connects the five(5) major ports that ply the following routes: Batangas – Calapan; Batangas – Romblon; Batangas – Abra de Ilog; Roxas – Caticlan and Lucena – Marinduque. Through the years, the CGDSTL amidst the enormous responsibility at hand was able to perform its multifarious functions and address needs of the maritime community in the area of responsibility. In line with the Commandant’s COMPASS: Capacity Building Measures, Operating  Environment Awareness, Aggressive Training and Recruitment, Strategic Deployments and Visibility, Total Vigilance and Preparedness, Growth in Service and Support System, Unity of Action Through Partnership, Accountable Finance and Logistic System, Responsible Maritime Governance, Development of Doctrines and Maritime Regimes. Parallel to the program ensuring safer ships, cleaner seas and secure maritime environment, the following are the CGDSTL’S accomplishment for this year.

Capacity building initiatives. CGDSTL was able to facilitate the donation of a 30, 910 square meters or almost 3.1 hectare lot located at Sabang Point, Brgy Cajimos, Romblon from the local government of Romblon for the future PCG Maritime Search and Rescue Base Facility.

Through the initiative of the former District Commander Commodore Rodolfo Isorena PCG in coordination with Congressman Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona, District of Romblon, a 1.5 hectare of land was donated to the Philippine Coast Guard for the aforesaid purpose. The following year, an additional 15, 910 square meters of land was successfully negotiated to increase the boundaries for the SAR base Romblon.

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UPHSD CME Maritime Days' 2019 celebration in observance of the 24th National Seafarers'Day. "Marinong Filipino-Kababaihan: Palakasin sa Industriya."

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Few may choose to tread the long and narrow path but as the Bible tells us, it is the path that leads to something better and brighter. When first the PCG was separated from the PN, not many dared to cast their lots with it. What happened resonates deeply with the concept of maritime trade of olden days when a voyage is deemed an adventure redolent with risks and danger yet may unexpectedly turn into a highly profitable endeavor. The PCG experience is parallel to that part of maritime history. Yet it has now emerged successful in the gamble that it took 11 years ago. To date the PCG Bill or the law that seeks to not only update RA 5173 as amended but also to modernize and empower the Philippine Coast Guard has already reached 3rd reading in the Senate, thanks to the unanimous support of the Senate Committee on National Defense, Chaired by Sen. Rodolfo Biazon and the whole Philippine Senate. It has now been calendared to be presented in the bicameral session of Congress on November 2009.

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Monday, 30 September 2019 03:16

UPHSD CME CELEBRATES MARITIME WEEK

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.”

Read more:  https://wilfredotamayo.com/80-uphsd-cme-celebrates-maritime-week

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