The Commandant's Compass
The PCG is not a stand-alone agency. Although the PCG possesses highly-trained and capable personnel to perform its mandated tasks, the need to further establish partnership and collaboration with relevant government and non-government sectors of the society cannot be overemphasized.
As a duly established and recognized leader in the conduct of maritime operations and coordination, the PCG continues to expand its network of cooperation and strengthen partnerships with the other maritime services, government agencies, local government units NGOs, maritime industry associations, private sector, and international partners to achieve common interests and objectives.
To further promote the unity of action among the key players in the operating environment, the Coast Guard pursues the following initiatives:
Collective preparedness in the interagency environment and make use of lessons learned from past experiences more often to improve responses to maritime safety, environment, and security situations.
Integrated command, control and communications system to improve internal, inter-agency, and international coordination.
Interoperability and cooperation with other uniformed/ maritime services or agencies, the PCG Auxiliary, industry associations, local government units, and partner nations through the conduct of combined or joint training exercises such as MARPOLEX, SAREX, MARLEN Exercise, CARAT, MTA, etc. and multinational conventions conferences, and other joint undertakings.
Policy-making initiatives by encouraging the active participation of inter-agency experts and professionals with the end in view of developing new policies and translating maritime concerns into plans, policies, regulations, strategies and procedures.
Training of incident/crisis management personnel under the operating units to include vital components of the DRG such as the TF Sea Marshal, CG Anti-Terrorist Unit (CGATU), TF Special Medical Advance Rescue Team (TF SMART), Alert Rescue and Quick Reaction Teams (ART/ QRT), and Oil Spill Response Teams (OSRTs), among others for more effective coordination and handling of maritime incidents.
Partnership with inter-agency and international partners by entering into more formal agreements and understanding on mutual concerns and interests.
PCG Auxiliary's more active supporting role in the areas of maritime search and resource, disaster response and relief operations, marine environmental protection. information campaigns and education, and community relations or services.