Aside from the humanitarian activities, members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have exhibited life support training and firefighting exercises as part of its second phase maritime drills in Bajo de Masinloc in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Personnel of the BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) continued to undergo basic life support training, while maintaining maritime security and maritime safety off Bajo de Masinloc on June 2.
The members of the Coast Guard Medical Service (CGMED) and Coast Guard Nursing Service (CGNS) aboard the BRP Sindangan conducted the training as part of the Task Force Pagsasanay.
They learned how to safely and swiftly perform bandaging, wound dressing, and taking vital signs of rescued individuals at sea.
Meanwhile, personnel of the BRP Sindangan and BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) have also conducted training on the utilization of “semaphore,” while conducting firefighting exercises in Bajo de Masinloc on June 2.
The PCG said the “semaphore” is a method of visual signaling that uses two short poles with square flags.
The method is commonly used during underway replenishment at sea and in times of emergency to communicate a need for immediate assistance, it added.
The PCG has focused on humanitarian activities in Pag-asa Island in Kalayaan, Palawan as part of its second phase of capability enhancement training in the WPS.
PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said the armed service will continue to intensify maritime patrols and plans for the third phase of maritime drills to further assert the country’s maritime territory.