ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Philippine Coast Guard announced Wednesday that 573 new recruits are undergoing training in this city for enlistment into the PCG force.
Commodore Luisito Sibayan, Coast Guard District Southwestern Mindanao (GCDSWM) commander, said the training kicked off Tuesday at the PCG Regional Training Center in Sitio San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan, this city.
Sibayan said the training, which will last for six months, will hone the skills of recruits in military drills, basic soldiery, and customs and traditions of the PCG.
“They will be also trained on the mandates of the PCG particularly in maritime law enforcement, maritime security, maritime safety, search and rescue, and marine environmental protection,” Sibayan said.
He said the recruits belong to the Coast Guard Non-Officers’ Course (CGNOC) Class 85–2021.
Aside from Sibayan, the convening ceremony marking the start of the training was also graced by Commodore Roben De Guzman, deputy commander of the Coast Guard Education, Training, and Doctrine Command.
Before they became members of the CGNOC Class 85–2021, the recruits have undergone thorough medical evaluation and health assessment to ensure they are physically fit to undergo six months training.