THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has existed because the flip of the twentieth century. From 1901 till after World Conflict 2, the PCG was underneath varied departments of the nationwide authorities, together with the Division of Commerce and Police, Bureau of Navigation, Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Public Works. In 1967, Congress enacted Republic Act 5173 (RA 5173) which positioned the PCG underneath the Philippine Navy. In 2009, Congress enacted RA 9993, which amended RA 5173 and established the PCG as an armed and uniformed service hooked up to the Division of Transportation and Communication, now identified solely because the Division of Transportation. However, Part 2 of RA 9993 supplies that in occasions of conflict, as declared by Congress, the PCG then turns into hooked up to the Division of Nationwide Protection.
The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) represents a big civilian uniformed group underneath the direct management and supervision of the PCG Commandant. Predicated on member volunteerism, the PCGA assists the Philippine Coast Guard in useful areas together with: 1) the promotion of security of life and property at sea; 2) the preservation of the marine setting and its assets; 3) the conduct of maritime search-and-rescue operations; 4) the upkeep of support to navigation; and 5) different actions, which improve maritime group relations. Enhanced maritime group relations underneath the fifth useful space embody civic actions, participation underneath the Nationwide Service Coaching Program, youth growth and actions that promote leisure security. These useful areas of the PCGA are significantly supplied for in Part 11 of RA 9993.
With its personal chain of command, the PCGA has an organizational construction parallel to the PCG. At this time, the PCGA has nationwide operations unfold amongst 13 auxiliary districts in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. There are virtually 5,000 member volunteers which type a part of the core auxiliary membership. Every auxiliary district is additional subdivided into auxiliary squadrons that are headed by officers designated by the PCG Commandant.
The Manila Yacht Membership (MYC), a historic landmark, is taken into account as one of the vital prestigious yacht golf equipment in Southeast Asia. The MYC, which was established in 1927, has produced energetic members of the PCGA. Actually, the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron stays the oldest energetic squadron of the PCGA within the nation. On March 10, 1973, the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron was activated by then head of the PCG, Commodore Hilario Ruiz, along with the common members of the MYC, together with Commodore Richard L. Brown. Within the ceremony that was held on the MYC, Commodore Brown was made the Squadron Commander of the primary auxiliary Coast Guard Squadron. Throughout that point, the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron was the one auxiliary squadron within the Philippines. Ever because the squadron’s inception, the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron, which was then primarily composed of standard members of the Yacht Membership, has been a dependable companion of the PCG. To this point, the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron has constantly rendered help to the PCG within the useful areas talked about. Actually, members of the MYC one hundred and first PCGA Squadron have even supplied for using personally owned yachts and vessels for the conduct of search and rescue operations and maritime clean-up operations.
Beneath the 1982 United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (Unclos), coastal States have the duty to make sure the safety of the marine setting and the promotion of maritime security. Moreover, Article 194 of Unclos supplies for the final obligation of all state Events to forestall, cut back and management air pollution of the marine setting, to wit: “States shall take, individually or collectively as acceptable, all measures in keeping with this Conference which can be mandatory to forestall, cut back and management air pollution of the marine setting from any supply, utilizing for this objective one of the best practicable means at their disposal and in accordance with their capabilities, they usually shall endeavour to harmonize their insurance policies on this connection.” The mandate of the PCGA definitely strengthens the nation’s compliance with worldwide legislation and the nation’s maritime capabilities within the preservation and safety of the marine setting. Undoubtedly, the PCGA volunteer power stay integral companions of the PCG in imposing each home and worldwide maritime legal guidelines.
Marlon Iñigo T. Tronqued
Manila Yacht Membership one hundred and first Philippine Coast
Guard Auxiliary Squadron