PCG eyes to hire more personnel, build more lighthouses in 2019

Published January 3, 2019, 3:17 PM

by Patrick Garcia


By Betheena Kae Unite

Strengthening its workforce by getting additional personnel and building more lighthouses will be the Philippine Coast Guard’s primary goals this year, its top official said Thursday.


Admiral Elson Hermogino, Philippine Coast Guard commandant, in his New Year’s message said that the procurement of additional personnel will remain high in the organization’s agenda.

“This is to put more fresh legs in the field and make our presence more felt by those who most need of our service,” Hermogino said.

He added that in order to ensure the safety of the country’s waters, more lighthouses and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) that will oversee maritime traffic are needed.

“Further, we will sustain our efforts in building national and international confidence in our Search and Rescue (SAR) Response Capability as we maintain our position as the primary national maritime SAR organization,” the commandant said.

“I believed that we have delivered what was expected of us in another year of Coast Guard operation. It does not however provide us with reason to be complacent,” he added.

The top Coast Guard official also noted that 2018 “has been a bold and productive year for the Philippine Coast Guard.”

“I am extremely proud of how the brave men and women of our Coast Guard Service performed and accomplished our various missions in 2018 with exceptional pride and unwavering zest,” Hermogino expressed.

He pointed out that although they are “extremely small in numbers as compared to other armed services,” they have performed and responded despite limited resources.

“2019 is here with us. What the next twelve months will bring is anyone’s guess, but one thing is sure, the pace of our work is unlikely to slow down,” he said.