[Source: Philippines Coast Guard]
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has solidified its resolve as the third armed service of the Republic of the Philippines with the signing of the tripartite mechanism to further enhance interoperability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the PCG during internal and external security operations in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on 23 July 2021.
Gracing the ceremony via virtual modality, PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr emphasized that said mechanism is the best legacy that they could leave behind in securing the nation for mankind’s sake.
“The formulation of the tripartite mechanism was built from the ground by men in uniformed services who selflessly served jointly with our peers for years, and further stimulated and sustained at the policy side,” Admiral Ursabia said.
“Let mutual respect remain as our binding force. To the younger ones whom we will leave behind, always look for the realistic and equitable common ground to cultivate mutual respect to found a very strong and self-sustaining collaboration,” the Coast Guard Commandant added, addressing junior officers and personnel of the AFP, PNP, and PCG who joined the ceremony.
For his part, AFP Chief of Staff, General Cirilito E Sobejana welcomed the PCG’s inclusion in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) that he believed will lead to future united efforts in upholding maritime law enforcement, maritime security, maritime safety, and marine environmental protection.
“Together with our co-chairs from the PNP and the PCG, we can provide a secure environment conducive for national development, without prejudice to our respective mandates,” General Sobejana expressed.
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