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WESCOM Partnering With Coast Guard in Ensuring Safety in Seas

Published: Sunday, 01 September 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – The Palawan-based Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command is always in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard in ensuring safety in seas of the community, Wescom chief Lt. Gen. Rustioco O. Guerrero said after accidents occurring in Palawan waters were aided by the Fleet-Marine team.

The Armed Forces do not interfere with Coast Guard operations, Guerrero said, but troops are ready should assistance be needed.

 

“Our Coast Guard is the lead agency on accidents like those at sea. But our navy units is always ready to assist PCG when needed and according to the available capabilities,” Guerrero said.

On Saturday, aided by the Fleet-Marine team of Naval Station Narciso del Rosario in Balabac, elements of the PCG-Palawan district towed to Coron a foreign tanker, MT Glenn Australia from Myanmar, loaded with 1,000 tons of palm oil that ran aground on the shore of Barangay Panlaitan in Busuanga town.

On August 13, elements of the Naval Forces West helped in the search and rescue operation of Eduardo Detiquez, a tourist from Bulacan who was reported missing as their boat capsized while island hopping in El Nido due to heavy winds and big waves brought by the onslaught of typhoon Labuyo. His body was found two days later on the shores of the island barangay of Nacpan in El Nido. ––END 

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