MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: A tour of duty report of Admiral Wilfredo D. Tamayo, the 22nd commandant of the Philippines Coast Guard

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Some PCG international partnerships include Human Resource Development (HRD) program of the Coast Guard Education and Training Command (CGETC) in cooperation with other cognizant agencies, and partner nations such as Japan, Sweden, United States of America, Australia, Malta, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Korea and other countries in terms of individual schooling or training, cross-training programs, conduct of combined training exercises and areas of cooperation in SAR, marine environmental protection, information exchange and technical assistance, among others.

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PCG continues to establish partnership and collaboration with other government agencies local government units, non- government organizations, maritime industry associations, private sectors to achieve common interests and objectives.

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The PCG continues to develop and exercise a systematic anticipation or forehandedness in pursuit of its man- dates. This implies more vigilance and an absolute "NO to complacency. It means taking more time and effort to foresee possible problems/challenges and the corresponding operational needs that may arise. It entails the formulation of both administrative and operational plans much ahead of time to efficiently and effectively prepare manpower, equipment and facility to address maritime incident prevention and response requirements. It means our inherent willingness and attentiveness to anticipate or continuously monitor significant developments in the operating environment and even to hear or learn of unpleasant news or reports particularly on maritime incidents at the soonest possible time so that timely, sustained and appropriate action is undertaken to be able to save lives and property at sea and to protect or secure the maritime environment.

Preparedness requires organizational, manpower and equipment readiness, operating environment awareness and strategic deployment of surface, air and ground assets and deployable response group of well-equipped and high- trained personnel to be able to shorten response time to maritime incidents or to deter maritime law infractions.


The PCG continues to develop well-established linkages with both the government and private sector. This means strengthening mutual working relationships with partner nations and agencies in order to achieve common goals. It means identifying and working hand in hand with persons as well as institutions and other stakeholders that can help us carry out our mandates and institutional plans. This also means being aware of our strengths and weaknesses, sharing our strengths with others, and seeking the support of others to help us work on each other's weaknesses. Most of all, this means continuing to learn about and implementing best practices that can be adapted into the Philippine setting and the PCG system. Linkages among our detachments, stations, districts, support commands and with partner nations, services and agencies must therefore continue to be strengthened.


The PCG ensures that quality public service shall be delivered at all times. This means consciously taking steps to improve public satisfaction in the Coast Guard service. It means continuously honing our skills and craft from the Headquarters down to the lowest command levels or field units so that we may be able to carry out or perform our mandates more efficiently and effectively. It means optimum and proper use of available resources and more efficient conduct of operations through experiences, lessons learned, competence, confidence-building measures, dedication to duty and good work ethics.

Passion to Serve

It is the Philippine Coast Guard's duty to serve the society and attend to the needs of the maritime stakeholders round-the-clock. The PCG aims to implement zero maritime casualties by being more proactive and by increasing maritime safety awareness to further promote safety of life and property at sea. The future may be made up of many factors but the Coast Guard service truly lies in the hearts and minds of competent, courageous and hardworking men and women of the Philippine Coast Guard who are truly dedicated to serve our beloved country and to bravely risk their own lives so that others may live.

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This "Tour of Duty Report" is a synopsis of a critical waypoint in the PCG's relentless pursuit of the Coast Guard mission. When I was appointed Commandant in mid-2008, the proposition that the Coast Guard organization must undergo essential reforms to face the emerging challenges of the times and embrace the evolving needs of a modernizing maritime sector and effects of climate change began to gain ground among members of Congress and the maritime stakeholders. Not long after, the Republic Act 9993, otherwise known as the Coast Guard Law of 2009, was enacted. It expanded the authority of PCG SO significantly that it seemed unavoidable for the maritime clientele to raise their expectations of Coast Guard services and tasks that need to be accomplished to an unprecedented level. The pages contained in this report tell the story of hard-working men and women striving to meet those expectations. May this account of their efforts also serve to demonstrate the gratitude of Coastguardsmen for the attention given by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the welfare of the Organization. I therefore take this opportunity to thank His Excellency for setting aside close to P3 billion in the 2011 budget to benefit the Coast Guard mission and the maritime industry as a whole. Seeing that RA 9993 is not a mere grant of authority for the PCG, but an unambiguous declaration by Congress that something ought to be done to address the ensuing maritime challenges, with deliberate haste, the PCG sets out its strategic voyage plan to implement organizational reforms and developmental projects. Even as I end my term as Commandant, there is no slowing down in the effort to modernize PCG assets and improve personnel competence with the end in view of enhancing operational effectiveness and the quality of Coast Guard services. We are firmly aware that whatever achievement is gained by our present efforts will become an inspiration and momentum which the next generation of Coastguardsmen will endeavor to continue. And so, upon making this record of PCG achievements under my watch, it is my sincerest hoped my successors and colleagues will look to the next big task and system has been written in this report and continue to go beyond expectations.



Admiral, PCG

22nd Commandant

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To promote safety of life and property at sea, safeguard the marine environment and resources, enforce all applicable laws within the Philippine waters, assist in maritime security operations, conduct search and rescue, and perform other activities in support of national development.

Mission Analysis

The major areas of government concerns under President Aquino’s administration are Transformational Leadership, Economy, Government Service, Gender Equality, Peace and Order, and Environment. Through transparent and accountable leadership, the PCG will continue to make itself more relevant as a multi-mission ma service-oriented organization. A sound economy will entail an efficient, safe, secure, environmentally-responsible and seamless maritime transportation system.

Hence, as a 24/7 seagoing agency, it is the inherent duty of the PCG to promote safety of life and property at sea. The unpredictable surge of weather caused by global climate change indicated the need for the PCG to further develop its capability as the premier maritime search and res. cue agency and at the same time, as a disaster response agency in support of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the LGUs.

The Philippines being blessed with pristine beaches and awesome wonders of nature has become one of the prime tourist destinations in Asia. With the potential of the tourist industry to further enhance the economy of the country, there is a need to upgrade and maintain the security and integrity of our country and its marine environment. Thus, the PCG must be sufficiently manned, well-equipped and prepared to address both the traditional and emerging challenges.

As champions of the environment, the PCG continues to safeguard the country's rich marine resources from threats due to maritime accidents and other irresponsible uses of seas and other navigable waterways. Through effective law enforcement and enhanced security coverage along the country's ports, harbors, and maritime destinations, the PCG will make sure that terrorism, piracy and other forms of illegal activities have no place in our waterways and shores.

Through effective and sustained coordination and interoperability with the other armed services and agencies of the government, our country will be assured that unlawful groups are provided neither haven nor refuge. This will be realized through PCG's increasing capacity for Presence, Preparedness, Partnership, Professionalism, and Passion to serve.

In the light of these contemporaneous developments, the PCG is in process of upgrading, acquiring, and maintaining its modest capability through the organizational development, material acquisition, technology upgrade bases and facility development or enhancement, human resource development, and doctrines formulation.