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Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary

Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Kapanalig ng Hukbong Baybayin Dagat ng Pilipinas
Auxiliaria de Guardia Costera del Filipinas
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Coat of Arms of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Founded February 9, 1972
Country Philippines Philippines
Type Coast Guard
Role Maritime Search & Rescue, Environmental Protection, Maritime Safety, Civil Relations
Size 1000+ Auxiliary Officers and Auxiliarists
Part of Philippine Coast Guard
Garrison/HQ Bay Terminal, CCP Complex, Pasay
Nickname PCGA
Motto "Assisting the Philippine Coast Guard in promoting safety of life and property at sea, protection of the marine environment, and other humanitarian activities."
March PCGA Hymn
Mascot Dolphin
Anniversaries February 9
Decorations Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Website
Commanders
National Auxiliary Director VADM DANILO G CABALDE PCGA



The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) (Filipino: Kapanalig ng Hukbong Baybayin Dagat ng Pilipinas) is a maritime non-government organization operating under the Department of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines specifically 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. It maintains a presence throughout the archipelago, with 12 Coast Guard Auxiliary districts.

The new Philippine Coast Guard Act of 2009, otherwise known as Republic Act 9993, legalized the existence of the PCGA as a full partner agency operating under the Philippine Coast Guard.

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

History

The Early Years

On 9 February 1972, during cocktails at the Philippine Navy Officers’ Club commemorating Philippine Navy Day, the 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 to the plan with the ensuing events leading to the formation of what would later be 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 conducting search and rescue missions since most of its initial members were owners of boats and yachts. Boat safety was also identified as an additional concern.

The PCGA eventually expanded and is now a large organization. Furthermore, it is now officially covered under Section 11 of Republic Act Number 9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009. As currently organized, the PCGA headed by its National Auxiliary Director (NAD) assists the PCG in promoting safety of life and property at sea. It generally covers various activities aimed at assisting the PCG in promoting maritime safety, preserving marine environment and its resources, maintaining navigation aids, conducting search and rescue, recreational safety, and other activities that enhance maritime community relations inclusive of 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, 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 assist persons. This became the basis for creating the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary on 9 February 1972 at the Philippine Navy Officers’ Club. Thereafter, the PCGA became instrumental in providing support and assistance to the PCG in promoting 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, legislators deemed it necessary to incorporate a provision in Republic Act No. 9993, otherwise known as the “Philippine Coast Guard law of 2009,” which clearly defines the establishment of the PCGA as a civilian volunteer organization formed to assist the PCG in promoting safety of life and property at sea, preserving marine environment and its resources, conducting maritime search and rescue, maintaining aids to navigation, recreational safety, and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations inclusive of 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 in 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 promoting safety of life and property at sea, preserving marine environment and its resources, conducting maritime search and rescue, maintaining aids to navigation and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations inclusive of 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. It provides a handful of officers to assist with Port Security and Port State Control tasks. It is 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 readily available for the 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. In complying with the mandate, the PCGA has conducted various clean-up operations, mangrove reforestation, marine life preservation 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 as to further involve the communities with the mission task of the Philippine Coast Guard in promoting safer ships, safekeeping properties, and establishing a safer life at sea. Youth development in the form of Sea Scouts, 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

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

  • National Auxiliary Main Office
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Division

Support Commands

  • Maritime Safety Command (MARSAFCOM)
  • Maritime Search & Rescue Command (MARSARCOM/MSARCOM)
  • Marine Environmental Protection Command (MAREPCOM)
  • Maritime Community Relations Command (MCOMRELCOM)

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 District National Capital Region-Central Luzon (CGAD NCR-CL)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District North Eastern Luzon (CGAD NELZN)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District North Western Luzon (CGAD NWLZN)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Southern Tagalog (CGAD ST)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Bicol (CGAD BCL)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Palawan (CGAD PAL)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Eastern Visayas (CGAD EV)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Western Visayas (CGAD WV)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Central Visayas (CGAD CV)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District Northern Mindanao (CGAD NM)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District South Eastern Mindanao (CGAD SEM)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary District South Western Mindanao (CGAD SWM)

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

  • Auxiliarist First Class (AUX1)
  • Auxiliarist Second Class (AUX2)
  • Auxiliarist Third Class (AUX3)
  • Auxiliarist Fourth Class (AUX4)

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.[3]

PCGA Decorations

  • 60px Coast Guard Auxiliary Outstanding Achievement Medal
  • 60px Coast Guard Auxiliary Distinguished Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Merit Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Civic-Action Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Red Cross Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Good Conduct Medal

PCGA Service Medals & Ribbons

  • 60px Coast Guard Auxiliary Long Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Anti-Marine Pollution Campaign Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Operations Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary National Convention Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary International Convention Medal
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary World Clean-up Day Campaign Medal

PCGA Unit Decorations

  • Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Unit Citation Ribbon
  • National Director PCGA Unit Citation Ribbon

PCGA Badges

  • Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Command Badge

PCGA Plaques

  • Dolphin Service Recognition Plaque

Other Forms of Awards

  • Letter of Commendation
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Recognition

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 descended from a military heritage, the uniforms are steeped in tradition and should be worn properly, proudly, in accordance with the dignity of the office it represents.[4]

General Office Uniforms

  • Service Dress Blue (Alpha)
  • Service Dress Blue (Bravo)

Formal Dress Uniforms

  • Officer's Mess Uniform

Field Uniforms

  • Working Blue
  • Search & Rescue (SAR) Uniform

Coast Guard Auxiliary Commanders/Directors

  • VADM JOSELITO C ASENIERO PCGA - (2002–2008)
  • VADM EDUARDO R ALVAREZ PCGA - (2008–2010)
  • VADM HIGINIO C MENDOZA JR PCGA - (2010–2012)
  • VADM DANILO G CABALDE PCGA - (2012-PRESENT)

See also

References

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