The PCGA is a service-oriented, uniformed, voluntary organization. It is a non-government, non-political organization whose membership adheres to the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) customs and traditions. Its organizational structure is parallel to PCG, and it has its own chain of leadership and management.
The PCGA was established in 1972, through Republic Act No. 5173, initially, for the purpose of assisting the Philippine Coast Guard in the conduct of search and rescue and safety of boats at sea.
Thereafter, the PCGA organization eventually expanded, and is now officially covered, under Section 11 of Republic Act Number 9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009. Its primary functions include providing support and assistance to PCG in the promotion of safety of life and property at sea (MASAF), the preservation of the marine environment and its resources (MAREP), the conduct of maritime search and rescue (MARSAR), the maintenance of aids to navigation, recreational safety and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations (COMREL), which include civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program, youth development and other related activities.
The PCGA is headed by the National Director (ND) who is assisted by two deputies, the Deputy National Director for Operations (DNDO) and the Deputy National Director for Administration (DNDA). It has Auxiliary Districts and Squadrons under every regular Coast Guard District in the archipelago. The PCGA has about 8,000 Squadron members in 12 Districts located in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
The new Coast Guard law maintained the exercise of direct control and supervision of the PCGA by the Commandant, PCG and his duly-designated representatives in supervising the overall activities of the PCGA. Hence, the advent of RA 9993 legislated and further strengthened the bond between the PCG and the PCGA, toward achieving a safe, clean, and secure marine environment for the entire Filipino people.
REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM MASINLOC MELAD PCG is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and a member of the prestigious “Matikas” Class of 1983. He is the 26th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard.
Prior to his current position, he commanded major units of the PCG. Among these are District Commander of Coast Guard District Central Visayas, with jurisdiction over the whole of region VII; Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas, in an acting capacity, covering region VII; Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog, covering Region IV-A and part of region IV-B; Coast Guard District Western Visayas, covering Region VI; and Coast Guard District Northern Luzon, with jurisdiction over Regions I and II. He was also entrusted with positions of major responsibility in the PCG such as the Commander of Coast Guard Education and Training Command and as the Chief of Coast Guard Staff of the PCG.
After being commissioned in the Philippine Navy (PN) in 1983, he was assigned to navy vessels, which patrolled areas of the West Philippine Sea, Palawan, Bicol and Southern Luzon. He was also assigned as Operations Officer of the Presidential Yacht (BRP Ang Pangulo) in 1987. He commanded three Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessels, which are the primary ships for operations of the Coast Guard namely: BRP San Juan (SARV 001), BRP EDSA II (SARV 002) and BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV 3502), where he earned the most coveted Command-At-Sea-Badge.
RADM Melad is a holder of Masters of Science Degree in Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) from the Word Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden. His other foreign schooling and training include: Foreign Officers Supplementary List Executive Course (FOSLEX) from Australian Service School, Australia and Coast Guard Administration with the Japan Coast Guard in Japan. His local career courses and trainings include: Naval Officers Qualification Course “A,” where he graduated Number One in the Class and received several merits; and Naval Command and General Staff Course, where he placed Number Three in the class.
RADM Melad has earned various awards and decorations from the PCG and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in recognition of his outstanding performance in the Coast Guard and Naval Service. These are testament to the many challenges he hurdled and his accomplishments in the various positions he held. The awards he received include the Coast Guard Legions of Honor and Ribbon with Degree of Maginoo (2), Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (3), Military Meritorious Medal (13), Search and rescue Medal, Commendation Medal and Ribbon (8), Gawad sa Kaunlaran (4), Military Civic Action Medal, Long Service Medal with First Bronze Star, Luzon Campaign Medal, Visayan Campaign Medal, Anti-Dissidence Medal and Ribbon, and the PCG Eligibility Badge.
He is a dedicated husband to his wife, Janette Dolores, a caring father to his three wonderful children, Blessie Regina, Wiljan and Anasvea Moira.
COMMO LYNDON F LATORRE PCG
Commander, CGDDWVAddress: Bo. Obrero, Iloilo City Telefax: (033) 337-6029 Vsat telephone line: 8600 to 8603 Email Address: cgdwv_iloilo@yahoo.
VADM VALENTIN B PRIETO JR PCGA is the seventh National Director of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). He took the reins of leadership from the immediate past National Director VADM JOSEPH N DY PCGA in the early evening of Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Heritage Hotel Manila.
VADM Prieto Jr, in his assumption speech, declared a stronger and effective PCGA that upholds its good working relationship with the Philippine Coast Guard to pursue the common goal of promoting the safety of life and properties at sea.
“VADM DY and I shared the same vision for the PCGA, thus, our direction will be the same. We will execute the same projects while adding a few more. We will pursue our common goals with the Philippine Coast Guard in an atmosphere of friendship, understanding, brotherhood, and mutual respect,” VADM Prieto Jr said.
VADM Prieto Jr held positions as the District Auxiliary Director for CGADNCR-CL in June 2014 and as Deputy National Director for Operations in June 2015 before he was appointed as the new National Director. He is a PCGA member since 2004 under 101st PCGA Squadron CGADNCR-CL where he held several key positions, such as, Deputy Squadron Chief of Staff for MAREP (2005-2006), Deputy Director Auxiliary Squadron for Operations (2006-2009) and Director Auxiliary Squadron (2009-2011). Under the National Directorate, he was the Director of Maritime Search and Rescue (2010-2012) and Deputy National Director for Administration (2012-2014).
VADM Prieto Jr is truly a remarkable leader who dedicates 100% of his time and energy to PCGA in pursuit of his visions to steer the organization to better heights. He graduated from De La Salle University where he pursued the course of Business Administration. He is married to Elaine M. Prieto and has seven children, four sons and three daughters.
COMMO GARY M GISON PCGA
CAPT PETER TAY PCGA
CAPT PETER TAY PCGA is the fifth Director Auxiliary Squadron of CGAS 609th. He was indoctrinated in December 2013, and inducted in May 2014, as a LIEUTENANT COMMANDER. He was quickly promoted to the Rank of COMMANDER, as he was appointed as CGAS 609TH Deputy Director Auxiliary Squadron for Administration in January 2015. In April 2016, he was nominated by senior officers to run as a Director Auxiliary Squadron and received clearance from PCG CG7 to be nominated, since no senior officers wished to run for the position. He was duly-elected as Director Auxiliary Squadron on May 10, 2016 and the Turn Over Ceremony was held on June 10 2016. He was promoted to the Rank of CAPTAIN.
CAPT Peter Tay is an active technical diving instructor with over 25years of diving experiences, a Dare-Devil that explored many underwater caves. He received numerous awards for Outstanding Customer Services & Excellent In Scuba Instructions. He has more than 20 diving specialty and trained more than 5000 students of all levels. An Emergency First Respond Instructor Trainer, licensed Emergency Medical Technician & Recompression Chamber Technician. A Red Cross Lifeguard & Swimming Instructor and Board of Directors of Boracay Foundation Inc.
CAPT Peter Tay is the Managing Director of Boracay Adventures Travel & Tours Inc. based in Boracay Island specializes in different adventure activities in the island. The company received numerous Outstanding Customer Service Awards from various organization such as Philippines Top Choice & Global Excellent Award. He is also managing Boracay Express Premium Transfer Service with 2 vessels providing tourists & local transfer service between Caticlan & Cagban Port. Do log on to www.boracayadventures.com & www.boracayexpress.com for more information.
609TH ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2016/2017
Maritime Safety (MARSAF)
The best way to promote safety of life and property at sea is the implementation of maritime safety rules and regulations. With the expertise of PCGA members, it can be essential and more effective to render such expertise in assisting the PCG through the following:
Perform as Associate Port State Control Inspector after proper orientation by Coast Guard PSC officers. Report to the PCG noted vessel deficiencies, particularly those of vessels carrying passengers and those carrying hazardous cargo.
Provide competent instructors during trainings conducted by the PCG, and when requested, to make available technically-competent PCGA members to assist in the conduct of ship inspections and/or marine casualty investigations.
Assist the PCG in providing courses, seminars and workshops on water safety, such as boat handling, typhoon doctrines, and safety procedures during search and rescue operations conducted by local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
In coordination with the PCG, help provide seminars for fishermen and other coastal communities, whose means of livelihood is dependent on fishing and small boat travel, in order to explain the effects of tropical cyclones (tropical depression, tropical storm and typhoon) and the importance of adhering to the Coast Guard regulations governing movement of vessels during heavy weather, even in the absence of any Public Storm Warning Signal.
“Oplan Kalakbay” at Manila North Harbor (128th Auxiliary Squadron)
Ensuring safety during the Saint Calungsod Fluvial Parade in Cebu (202nd Auxiliary Squadron)
Water safety training (WASAR) for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Davao City (801st Auxiliary Squadron)
Assistance to PCG in the monitoring & maintenance of aids to navigation, such as, lighthouses (Verde Is. Lighthouse)
Maritime Search and Rescue (MARSAR)
The PCG is mandated to conduct Marine Search and Rescue operations and to respond to ship emergency situations. As such, the PCGA shall assist through the following actions:
Provide assets, such as aircraft, vehicles, vessels, tugs, barges, motor bancas, jet skis, rubber boats or any available transportation that would be of aid in MARSAR operations;
Share expertise/knowledge in special cases or emergency situations that arise;
Provide medical assistance to victims and affected individuals;
Provide/assist on relief operations;
Provide manpower as necessary;
In no occasion will the PCGA will conduct a MARSAR without the permission of the CPCG, Commander Coast Guard District or Station; except while at sea, or when communication is hampered or unavailable, in which case, the PCGA shall render the appropriate report at the first opportunity after arrival at shore.
Provide assets, such as vehicles and equipment to aid in MARSAR
Share expertise/knowledge on special cases of emergency situations (i.e. MARSAR & retrieval operations in Masbate for the late Sec. Robredo
Annual MARSAR training exercises are being conducted in each PCGA District to effectively respond to emergencies
801st Auxiliary Squadron MARSAR team responding to PCG’s call for a body retrieval in ICAGOS
Marine Environment Protection (MAREP)
The implementation of the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009, vested in the PCG the power to enforce laws and promulgate and administer rules and regulations for the protection of the marine environment and resources from offshore sources of pollution, within the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines. In the performance of such functions, the PCGA may assist the PCG through the following:
- When appropriate, provide technical assistance/expertise to the PCG on matters pertaining to marine environment protection (MAREP);
Assist in the conduct of lectures and training to promote public awareness on marine environment protection (MAREP);
Assist the PCG in the conduct of oil spill response operations;
Participate in marine pollution exercises;
Assist the PCG in the protection and preservation of marine protected areas (MPAs);
Conduct river/coastal clean-up activities and participate/coordinate the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC);
Conduct mangrove-planting activities;
Conduct coral reef assessments / protection / reforestation / preservation;
Promote eco-tourism in the country;
Assist the PCG in rescuing and monitoring of stranded marine mammals.
Coastal cleanup in Manila Bay (CGAD NCR-CL, 119th Squadron)
Tilapia fingerling dispersion in Maa-Davao City (801st Auxiliary Squadron)
Mangrovz planting in Sabang, Puerto Galera (505th Auxiliary Squadron)
Rescuing a stranded dolphin in Sabang Bay, Puerto Galera (Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network of the 505th Auxiliary Squadron)
Maritime Community Relations (MCOMREL)
The PCGA is mandated to assist the PCG in enhancing maritime community relations through the conduct of civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program (NSTP), youth development projects, promotion of recreational safety and other related activities.
1. CIVIC ACTION
The following activities are authorized for the PCGA to undertake:
- Medical/Dental/Legal missions
- Feeding programs
- Relief operations
- Livelihood training
2. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT and NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM (NSTP)
The youth development program approved by the Coast Guard for the PCGA involves a creative strategy which gives the youth the chance to gain the realization of their worth in the society. It further provides them with avenues of participation towards this end. Youth development programs may include activities in sports, socialization, skills training, and other forms of youth advancement and contribution to the community. Such activities may include:
- Livelihood and vocational training
- Public service and youth relationship enhancement
- Emergency response familiarization and training
- Sports and athletics activities
- Values development
- Sea-scouts activities
The participation of the PCGA in the NSTP program of the PCG, to be implemented in tertiary-level schools, shall be as defined in the PCG Circular to be issued by the Commandant, in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Blood donation in Digos City, Davao (Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and 801st Auxiliary Squadron)
“Operation Circumcision” (202nd Auxiliary Squadron, Cebu)
Enhancing Sea Scouts to help in relief operations (202nd Auxiliary Squadron, Cebu)
Relief distribution to victims affected by typhoons, floods and other calamities
- PCG COMMANDANT UNIT CITATION RIBBON This awarded exclusively by the PCG Commandant to any unit of the PCGA that has rendered distinguished voluntary service in pursuance of the mission and functions of both the PCG and the PCGA. The award is given in recognition of the exemplary performance of a District, Squadron, or Division, or other unit of the PCGA during a given period that is deemed to be uniquely outstanding.
- PCGA UNIT CITATION RIBBON This is awarded exclusively by the National Auxiliary Director to any PCGA unit that has distinguished itself outstandingly in the rendition of its duty. The award is intended to recognize the performance of the Auxiliary District, Squadron, Division and other units within the PCGA that the National Auxiliary Director recognizes to have demonstrated outstanding service.
- OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT RIBBON This is awarded by the PCG Commandant for the highest achievement of a PCGA member with outstanding performance of his duty in support of the PCG Mission and Functions.To justify the award, the act must be evidenced by voluntary initiative of the member’s service.
- DISTINGUISHED SERVICE RIBBON This award is given to outgoing PCGA officers who have served for a time in a position of leadership and responsibility in recognition of their service as a Director of a PCGA National Directorate, District or Squadron.
- LONG SERVICE RIBBON For recognition of fruitful and honorable service to the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary. To warrant the award of service ribbon, a PCGA officer must have rendered years of continuous fruitful and honorable service with the PCGA.
- MERIT MEDAL RIBBON For meritorious services rendered that has great impact on the accomplishment of the PCGA mission or for leading and managing efficiently a PCGA unit other than those cited above for at least six months, but for those serving a term of a unit, this is issued only once for the term covered.
- SEARCH AND RESCUE RIBBON For exemplary acts in the conduct of search and rescue resulting in saving life at sea. To justify the award, the act shall be evidenced by voluntary participation in the face of great risk and sacrifice during such activity/operation.
- ANTI MARINE POLLUTION RIBBON For participation in an exercise to protect the marine environment or to take part through voluntary rendition of actual response service in anti-marine pollution programs conducted in the Coast Guard Districts and Stations.
- DISASTER RELIEF AND REHABILITATION RIBBON For voluntary participation in relief and rehabilitation operations connected with typhoons, foods, earthquakes and disasters or calamities for any period during and after the calamities.
- COMMENDATION RIBBON For demonstrating exemplary efficient service in pursuance of the PCG’s mission and functions. The accomplishment is lower in degree than that of the Merit ribbon.
- CIVIC ACTION RIBBON This award is given for meritorious achievement in the field of civic action in line with approved programs in support of PCG-PCGA mission.
- RED CROSS RIBBON Awarded to all PCGA members who have actively participated at least twice in any of the bloodletting activities.
- GOOD CONDUCT RIBBON To earn this award, a PCGA member must have served at least two (2) years of active participation in all PCG-PCGA projects and activities with no record of punishment, conviction or derogatory information.
- NATIONAL CONVENTION RIBBON For attending the PCGA National Convention, one may qualify for this award.
- INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP RIBBON For active participation of the International Coastal Clean Up every 3rd Saturday of September.
ONWARD, WE GO, PCGA
WITH THE COMMITMENT OF SAVING LIVES AT SEA
DEDICATED TO A SERVICE THAT IS TRUE
MAKING THIS WORLD SAFE FOR ME AND YOU
FORWARD, WE GO, PCGA
PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
ONWARD, WE GO
ONWARD, WE GO
SAVING LIVES WE ALWAYS DO
KAMI ANG KABALIKAT NINYO
LAHAT NG ORAS ULAN MAN O BAGYO
HANDANG TUMULOMG SA KAPWA FILIPINO
PCGA KAMI’Y HANDA MAGSERBISYO
SULONG KAPATID SA PCGA
PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
MABUHAY TAYO, MABUHAY TAYO
PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
The PCGA officers and members have the distinction and privilege of wearing uniforms, the designs of which are based on PCG uniforms converted for the Auxiliary. Having been descended from a military heritage, the uniforms are steeped in tradition and should therefore be worn properly, proudly and in accordance with the dignity of the office it represents.
Service Blue Alpha
Pershing cap is worn with this uniform. The Goa-blue shirt is short-sleeved with the stand up collar with stays and epaulets. With this shirt, the collar is worn open without a tie. The enhanced (hard) shoulder boards are worn with this uniform.
Breast insignia / devices used are nameplate, ribbons and badges.
- The nameplate is pinned on the upper hem of the right side breast pocket with the Presidential and PCGA Unit Citation pinned atop the nameplate.
- The Squadron Badge is pinned at the justify pleat of right side breast pocket.
- The Ribbons are pinned on the upper hem of the left side breast pocket.
Trousers shall be the same as those in prescribed service uniform. A blue web belt with a gold buckle and tip the buckle may be plain or displays the Auxiliary emblem.
Women can wear either trousers or skirt. The skirt shall be of the same color as with the trousers and shall be knee-length.
Socks shall be black made of knitted or rib knit undecorated material. Shoes shall be black, with heels made of smooth leather or synthetic material. Shoes shall be low cut plain style without decoration. There shall be no stitching or seams across the toe. Heels shall be no higher than1 inch. Sole edges, heels and laces must be black.
Service Blue Bravo
This uniform is appropriate for wear in classrooms, unit meetings and/or boating, etc.
Pershing cap is worn with this uniform. Short-sleeved shirt is required with a stand up collar with stays and epaulets. With this shirt, the collar is open without a tie.
Soft shoulder loops shall be worn with this uniform.
Breast Insignia/devices used are only nameplate and squadron badge.
Trousers shall be the same as those prescribed service blue uniform. A blue web belt with a gold buckle and tip the buckle may be plain or displays the Auxiliary emblem.
Socks shall be black made of knitted or rib knit undecorated material. Shoes shall be black with heels made of smooth leather or synthetic material. Shoes shall be low cut plain style without decoration. There shall be no stitching or seams across the toe. Heels shall be no higher than1 inch. Sole edges, heels and laces must be black.
The working blue uniform is worn during field activities such as civic missions, shipboard activities, medical and dental missions and other activities that require fieldwork.
The working blue uniform is a blue short-sleeved shirt with a flat collar and two breast pockets. Blue round-necked shirts shall be worn.
The blue trousers are worn with a blue web belt, black socks and shoes.
The member’s PCGA rank insignia is worn vertically on the right and left collars. It is complemented by a Pershing Cap during meetings and indoor activities or by a ball cap during field activities, like civic action and the like.
The Ladies’ working blue uniform is preferably worn with pants and black flat-heeled shoes for practical purposes.
When doing fieldwork, it is recommended that ribbons and medals not be worn.