Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade lauded on Wednesday, April 7, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) team that rescued 12 passengers from a motorbanca that capsized off the waters of Cavite.
During a virtual meeting, Tugade expressed his gratitude to the Coast Guard team for fulfilling their duties and responsibilities in service of fellow Filipinos.
“It is by blessing, it is by good fortune to be able to meet personally our heroes of the day. Isa lang ‘ho ang mensahe ko, sa ating pagsilbi at pagganap sa ating katungkulan, sana ‘ho walang bibitaw para sa tao. Sige lang ang trabaho para sa tao. Ituloy natin ang pagganap sa ating mga responsibilidad para sa tao. Sa inyong lahat, maraming maraming salamat. (My message is just one thing, in our service and performing our duty, I hope no one will stop in serving other people. Our work is for our countrymen. Let us continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the people. To all of you, thank you very much) Allow me to salute you,” the DOTr chief said.
For his part, PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. said the Coast Guard has appreciated the gesture of the DOTr chief to personally commended the efforts of the rescue team.
“Napakaganda itong ginawa ni Secretary Tugade kung saan personal n’yang ipinarating sa mga rescuers ang kanyang pasasalamat at pagkilala sa kanila (Secretary Tugade did a very good job where he personally conveyed his gratitude and recognition to the rescuers). Such gesture from no less than the good secretary will certainly inspire our PCG frontliners to do more for God, country, and people,” Ursabia said.
Present during the meeting with Tugade and Ursabia were Lt Michael John Encina, CPO Francisco Felismino, PO3 Ronel Federico Divinagracia, SN1 Muzar Asa, SN1 Roland Tacal, SN2 Almaajid Sali, SN2 Ryan Hapin, SN2 Michael John Marquez, SN2 Sonny Boy De Mesa, ASN Joshua Ebio, ASN Darwin Abapo, CCGM Ruel Lachica, and Lt Joe Lester Barrientos.
At least 12 passengers, including three children and a pregnant woman, were rescued from their capsized boat in Sangley Point, Cavite on Monday, April 5.
The report said the rescued individuals departed from Cavite City going to Pulang Lupa 1, Las Piñas City when their boat was battered by huge waves, causing it to capsize.
No passengers were injured during the incident.