PCG, PPA eye inter-service operability

Published September 12, 2020, 5:47 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) are planning to institutionalize inter-service operability among Coast Guard personnel and port police officers to complement their respective maritime functions.

Through conduct of knowledge sharing, cross training, and fellowship programs, the two organizations will “further complement each other in the performance of their maritime security, maritime safety, and marine environmental protection functions in various port areas and waterways across the country.”

In a recent meeting, Admiral George Ursabia Jr., PCG commandant, and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago agreed to work together by implementing various training and joint projects.

Santiago said he requested for the Coast Guard’s assistance in ensuring that PPA’s port police officers are equipped with knowledge and skills for safe and uninterrupted port operations through the enforcement of local and international maritime regulations.

“I believe the Philippine Coast Guard is the best partner agency for such undertaking,” Santiago said.

Ursabia backed PPA’s proposal, not only to improve port management operations, but also to harness camaraderie among the organizations’ personnel.

“Bringing our men and women together will definitely promote cohesiveness in the performance of our day-by-day functions, while enhancing rapport and friendship between the forces. I fully support this proposal and rest assured that your Coast Guard will be cooperative in planning and implementing these initiatives,” he said.

Santiago has pledged to allocate necessary funds for the conduct of knowledge sharing, cross training, and fellowship programs while Ursabia has committed to provide technical expertise, manpower, and other resource support.