U.S. EMBASSY MANILA -- As part of ongoing U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance the Philippines’ maritime law enforcement capabilities, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) facilitated the first Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-led Small Boat Operations course from September 5 to 16 in Manila.
With the support and mentorship of visiting USCG instructors, 12 PCG instructor candidates trained 16 PCG students through classroom instruction and at-sea practical exercises to improve their skills in navigation, boat driving, risk management, towing, and man-overboard recovery. This training is part of a series of courses sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, with funding support from the U.S. Global Contingency Security Fund, to prepare Filipino instructors to lead small boat operations training for the PCG.
During the course graduation ceremony on September 16, Philippine Coast Guard Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Charlie Q. Rances noted the breadth of the U.S.-PCG partnership. “This is just one of the many training and learning opportunities that INL and USCG extend to the PCG,” he said.
The USCG Liaison at U.S. Embassy Manila, Commander Bien Decena, added that “This type of technical training among maritime professionals highlights the strong relationship, unity, and likeminded outlook between the Philippine and U.S. Coast Guards.”
INL and USCG will organize additional training activities with the PCG later this year on various topics, including maritime law enforcement operations and vessel engineering program management.