Around 1,200 members of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) trooped to Subic Bay Freeport for the 32nd National Convention of the country’s sole uniformed volunteer organization, with no less than the Philippine president as the guest of honor.
The event, which likewise hosted the very first PCGA Exhibit, was organized by the group’s prime district, the Coast Guard Auxiliary District National Capital Region-Central Luzon (CGADNCR-CL) headed by its Director, Commodore Salvador G. Tiangco Jr.
The PCGA NACON was graced by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral William Melad, Coast Guard District NCR-CL Commander and PCG Deputy Commandant Commodore Athello Ibañez and Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar. It is attended by some of the PCG leaders, District Commanders, and their Auxiliary counterparts.
The Convention is a yearly event of Coast Guard Auxiliaries that gather its members from all 12 districts all over the country. It serves as an annual forum for its members to review the previous year’s performance and further develop strategies aimed at helping the PCG accomplish its mission in promoting safety of life and properties at sea, and protecting the marine environment.
During the two-day event from May 27-28, the National Auxiliary Management Office (NAMO) updates its members on the latest developments and guidelines regarding its four functional areas – the Maritime Safety (MARSAF), Maritime Search and Rescue (MARSAR), Marine Environmental Protection (MAREP), and Community Relations (COMREL).
Aside from providing the participants the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow PCGA members from other districts, the NACON’s highlight was the turn-over of leadership and management to the new National Director.
The PCGA is currently headed by businessman, Vice Admiral Valentin B. Prieto Jr. assisted by his two deputies Rear Admiral Hilarion Dimagiba and Rear Admiral Geronimo Reyes.
At present, there are about 8,000 PCGA members around the country most of whom have floating and air assets. Many of its members are experts in fields of services that are useful to the PCG in meeting its mission requirements as a multi-mission maritime agency. (PCGA)