Coast Guard adds close to 1,200 trainees to its force

Published November 15, 2018, 8:02 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Betheena Kae Unite

Over a thousand Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) trainees have been recently added to the organization’s force as they committed themselves to training and service.

A total of 594 Coast Guard trainees had graduated from training last November 13 while another batch composed of 598 trainees have taken oath for training on the same day.

According to Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino, PCG commandant, the 594 trainees completed the basic Coast Guard training at Coast Guard Non-Officers’ Basic Education and Training Center in Bagac, Bataan today.

The graduating batch was composed of 493 male and 101 female trainees, Hermogino said.

The commandant added that the graduates had undergone a six-month rigid physical and academic training at the training facility.

Meanwhile, Hermogino also presided the oathtaking ceremony of the 598 Coast Guard male trainees, who will start the same six-month training.

He said the candidates will undergo six months intense training in order to instill discipline and to transform their civilian mindset to abide with time-honored coast guard traditions and standards.

In the coming days, the deployment of the Coast Guard men will be determined.