PCGA Boracay celebrates 30th year

The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA)  Squadron 609th Boracay is commemorating  its 30th anniversary this year.

With just 10 people when it was formed in 1987 by  Rear Admiral Leonard Tirol, the Squadron now has  100 members. RADM Tirol is a Past Squadron Director  & Past District Director. Through his leadership, the  group received the Best Squadron award in Western  Visayas thrice, and has also hosted three PCGA  national conventions.

The Squadron is composed of members of different  professions serving the community, assisting the  Philippine Coast Guard in search and rescue mission  and in the conduct of different activities for the the  protection and preservation of marine environment and  its resources.

At present, the Director of the Squadron is Captain  Peter Tay, a technical diving instructor with over 25  years of experience, a certified emergency first respond  instructor trainer and a certified lifeguard instructor.

About PCGA 

PCGA is a service-oriented, uniformed, voluntary  organization. It is a non-government, non-political  organization whose membership adheres to the  Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) customs and traditions.  Its organizational structure is parallel to PCG and  has its own chain of leadership and management.  The PCGA was established in 1972 through Republic  Act No. 5173 initially for the purpose of assisting  the Philippine Coast Guard in the conduct of search  and rescue and safety of boats at sea. The PCGA  organization eventually expanded and now officially  covered under Section 11 of Republic Act Number  9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009.

The organization’s primary functions include providing  support and assistance to PCG in the promotion of  safety of life and property at sea, the preservation of  the marine environment and its resources, the conduct  of maritime search and rescue, the maintenance of  aids to navigation, recreational safety and such other  activities that enhance maritime community relations  which include civic action, participation under the  National Service Training Program, youth development,  and other related activities.

The new Coast Guard law maintained the exercise  of direct control and supervision of the PCGA by  the Commandant, PCG and its duly designated  representatives in supervising the over-all activities of  the PCGA. Hence, the advent of RA 9993 legislated  and further strengthened the bond between the PCG and  the PCGA towards achieving a safe, clean and secure  marine environment for the entire Filipino people.

If you have a heart to serve and would like to join the  most prestige volunteer organization in the Philippine,  you may email info@pcga609boracay.org or log on to  www.pcga609boracay.org for more information.

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