Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary

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Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Kapanalig ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas
Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit Seal.jpg
Coat of Arms of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
FoundedFebruary 9, 1972
CountryPhilippines Philippines
TypeCoast Guard
RoleMaritime Search & Rescue, Environmental Protection, Maritime Safety, Civil Relations
Size1000+ Auxiliary Officers and Auxiliarists
Part ofPhilippine Coast Guard
Garrison/HQBay Terminal, CCP Complex, Pasay
NicknamePCGA
Motto"Assisting the Philippine Coast Guard in promoting safety of life and property at sea, protection of the marine environment, and other humanitarian activities."
MarchPCGA Hymn
MascotDolphin
AnniversariesFebruary 9
DecorationsPhilippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Websitewww.pcgauxiliary.org
Commanders
National Auxiliary DirectorRADM DANILO G CABALDE PCGA
 
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Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Kapanalig ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas
Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit Seal.jpg
Coat of Arms of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
FoundedFebruary 9, 1972
CountryPhilippines Philippines
TypeCoast Guard
RoleMaritime Search & Rescue, Environmental Protection, Maritime Safety, Civil Relations
Size1000+ Auxiliary Officers and Auxiliarists
Part ofPhilippine Coast Guard
Garrison/HQBay Terminal, CCP Complex, Pasay
NicknamePCGA
Motto"Assisting the Philippine Coast Guard in promoting safety of life and property at sea, protection of the marine environment, and other humanitarian activities."
MarchPCGA Hymn
MascotDolphin
AnniversariesFebruary 9
DecorationsPhilippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Websitewww.pcgauxiliary.org
Commanders
National Auxiliary DirectorRADM DANILO G CABALDE PCGA

The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) (Filipino: Kapanalig ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas) (KTBP) is a maritime non-government organization operating under the Department of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines particularly under the Philippine Coast Guard.

The PCGA is involved in the assisted enforcement of maritime laws in the country, especially the promotion of Maritime Safety. It is also involved in maritime search and rescue (SAR) missions, as well as the protection of the marine environment. Currently, it is present throughout the archipelago, with 12 Coast Guard Auxiliary districts.

Currently, the new Philippine Coast Guard Act of 2009 or otherwise known as Republic Act 9993 has set the foothold and legalized the existence of the PCGA as a partner agency operating under the Philippine Coast Guard.

Administrative and Operational control of the PCGA falls under the Commandant of the Coast Guard through the Vice Commandant for Operations.

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History

The Early Years

On 9 February 1972, during the evening cocktails at the Philippine Navy Officers’ Club commemorating the Philippine Navy Day, then Coast Guard Commandant announced the intention of the Navy Flag Officer-in-Command to form a civilian volunteer unit to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). All those present during the cocktails including some officials of the Manila Yacht Club gave their outright support on the said plan with the ensuing events leading to the formation of what was later known as the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA).

The PCGA is a volunteer civilian organization initially established for the purpose of assisting the Philippine Coast Guard in the conduct of search and rescue as most of its first members were owners of boats and yachts. Boat safety has also been identified as an additional concern.

The PCGA eventually expanded and is now a big organization. It is also officially covered now under Section 11 of Republic Act Number 9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009. As it is currently organized, the PCGA headed by its National Auxiliary Director (NAD) assists the PCG in the promotion of safety of life and property at sea. It generally covers the conduct of various activities aimed at assisting the PCG in promoting maritime safety, preservation of the marine environment and its resources, maintenance of aids to navigation, conduct of search and rescue, recreational safety, and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations which include civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program, youth development, and other related activities. It has an Auxiliary District under every regular Coast Guard District and operates based on PCG-approved annual PCGA plans and programs and governed by the PCGA manual of regulations promulgated by the PCG Commandant.

The Present Day

The PCG in the performance of its functions under Republic Act No. 5173 may perform any and all acts necessary to rescue and aid persons which have become the basis for the creation of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in 9 February 1972 at the Philippine Navy Officers’ Club. Thereafter, the PCGA has become instrumental in providing support and assistance to the PCG in the promotion of safety of life and property within the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines.

In recognition of the important role and contribution of the PCGA and its members, the legislators deemed it necessary to incorporate in Republic Act No. 9993, otherwise known as the “Philippine Coast Guard law of 2009,” a provision which clearly defines the establishment of the PCGA as a civilian volunteer organization formed to assist the PCG in the promotion of safety of life and property at sea, the preservation of the marine environment and its resources, the conduct of maritime search and rescue, the maintenance of aids to navigation, recreational safety, and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations which include civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program, youth development, and other related activities.

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 over-all activities of the PCGA.

Hence, the advent of RA 9993 legislated and further strengthened the bond between the PCG and the PCGA towards achieving a safe, clean and secure marine environment for the entire Filipino people.[1]

Mission

The mission of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary is to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the promotion of safety of life and property at sea. The preservation of the marine environment and its resources, the conduct of maritime search and rescue, the maintenance of aids to navigation and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations which include civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program, youth development, recreational safety and other related activities.[2]

Capabilities

Maritime Safety

The PCGA ably assists the Philippine Coast Guard in developing Aids to Navigation. Provides a handful of officers to assist with Port Security and Port State Control tasks; currently assigned to the Philippine Coast Guard by the new Coast Guard Law of 2009.

Maritime Search & Rescue

With a variety of skilled individuals at its disposal, including medical and engineering professionals, the PCGA can respond to various types of emergencies. Whether by water, land, and air, the PCGA has assets readilly available for use of its members or when requested by the Philippine Coast Guard to assist ongoing rescue operations.

Marine Environmental Protection

As an auxiliary unit of the Philippine Coast Guard, the PCGA is mandated to conduct and promote Environmental Protection and Awareness. With this being said, the PCGA has conducted various clean-up operations, mangrove reforestation, marinelife presevation operations in various coastal regions in the Philippines.

Maritime Community Relations

The PCGA ably assists the Philippine Coast Guard in building strong relationships, particularly with coastal communities, to further strengthen the bond between them as well further involve the communities with the mission task to the Philippine Coast Guard of promoting safer ships, safekeep properties, and a safer life at sea. Youth development in the form of SeaScouts, established together with the Boy & Girl Scouts of the Philippines, is one of the primary projects of the PCG and PCGA.

The PCGA Hymn

Onward, we go, PCGA With the commitment of saving lives at sea Dedicated to a service that is true Making this world a safe place 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 tumulong sa kapwa Pilipino PCGA kami'y handang magserbisyo Sulong kapatid sa PCGA Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Mabuhay tayo, Mabuhay tayo Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary[3]

Organizational Structure

The current PCGA organizational setup is divided into four (4) line-command groups and four (4) Support Command Groups

Command and Line Group

Support Commands

Coast Guard Auxiliary Districts

With the organizational restructuring made by the Philippine Coast Guard on the current number of CG Districts, the PCGA readjusted the Auxiliary Districts and realigned it with the current CG District Organizational Structure.

Currently there are 12 Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Districts namely:

Coast Guard Auxiliary Commissioned Officer and NCO Ranks

The PCGA being a paramilitary organization adopted the ranks and insignia of the Philippine Coast Guard. This establishes communal respect and seniority lineage among its members.

Commissioned Officers

Enlisted Personnel

Former Rank Insignia of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coast Guard Auxiliary Awards and Decorations

To recognize Unit and Individual achievements made by its members; the PCGA, with the guidance of the PCG, adopted a system of awards and decorations.[4]

PCGA Decorations

PCGA Service Medals & Ribbons

PCGA Unit Decorations

PCGA Badges

PCGA Plaques

Other Forms of Awards

Coast Guard Auxiliary Uniforms

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.[5]

General Office Uniforms

Formal Dress Uniforms

Field Uniforms

Coast Guard Auxiliary Commanders/Directors

See also

References

Citations
Bibliography
  • Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary. (2012). PCGA Manual. Manila: Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • Philippine Coast Guard. (2009). RA 9993 also know as The Philippine Coast Guard Act. Manila: Senate of the Philippines