Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PCG lauds PRRD for signing law establishing Coast Guard Hospital

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 14, 2019): PCG lauds PRRD for signing law establishing Coast Guard Hospital

President Rodrigo Duterte

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Republic Act (RA) 11372 that would establish and construct a hospital for PCG personnel, dependents, and retired uniformed personnel.

PCG spokesperson, Capt. Armando Balilo said since the PCG’s transfer from the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in 1998, PCG personnel and their dependents are no longer covered by hospitals under the AFP nationwide such as the V. Luna General Hospital in Diliman, Quezon City.

“So, this is a big development for us kasi imbis na iniisip mo pa yung problema ng wala kang hospitalization, na nakaka-affectsa pagtra-trabaho mo, eto, plantsado na. Wala ng magiging problema. Mahimbing ka na matulog kahit ma-assign ka saMarawi, southern Philippines, sa West Philippine Sea (This is a big development for us because instead of thinking of problems about lack of hospitalization, which affects your performance on duty, it is now ironed out. There will be no more problems. You will sleep deeply even when you get assigned to Marawi, southern Philippines, West Philippine Sea),” Balilo said.

He added that those rescued by the PCG in maritime accidents will also benefit from the establishment of a PCG hospital.

PCG commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino also gave a message of thanks to the President for signing the landmark act that supplements the capabilities of the PCG in protecting the country’s maritime borders.

"In behalf of all the members, retirees and dependents of PCG personnel, we are beyond grateful to the government, especially to President Duterte, for the grants given to PCG in the furtherance of our missions in protecting the Philippines' maritime jurisdiction and in saving lives and properties at sea," Hermogino said.

Balilo also thanked former Malabon City Rep. Federico “Ricky” Sandoval II for initiating the project, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito for their support.

On March 30, 1998, former president Fidel V. Ramos ordered the transfer of the PCG from the Department of National Defense to the Office of the President to rationalize Philippine maritime administration.

Less than a month later, the PCG was transferred to the Department of Transportation and Communications under Executive Order NO. 477.

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