With his utmost sincerity and gratitude, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade congratulated and thanked the 12 personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) who rescued 12 passengers and the boat captain of a capsized motorbanca at the vicinity waters off Sangley Point, Cavite City on 5 April 2021.
“It is by blessing, it is by good fortune to be able to meet personally our HEROES OF THE DAY. Isa lang ‘ho ang mensahe ko, sa ating pagsilbi at pagganap sa ating katungkulan, sana ‘ho walang bibitaw para sa tao. Sige lang ang trabaho para sa tao. Ituloy natin ang pagganap sa ating mga responsibilidad para sa tao. Sa inyong lahat, maraming maraming salamat. From the bottom of my heart, for our HEROES OF THE DAY, I send you my deepest and sincerest congratulations for a job well done. Allow me to salute you. Thank you very much,” Secretary Tugade said during a virtual meeting today, 7 April 2021, with PCG Commandant Admiral George Villareal Ursabia Jr and the Coast Guard rescue team.
Secretary Tugade also acknowledged and thanked Commandant Ursabia for his inspiring leadership.
“Sa iyo commandant Ursabia, this is a product of your inspiring leadership. And for this reason, I also tell you, thank you, thank you very much,” the Transportation Chief added.
For his part, Commandant Ursabia said that the PCG is also very much appreciative of the gesture of Secretary Tugade to personally commend the efforts of the rescue team and the PCG as an institution. He described the Transport Chief as not just a Secretary of the DOTr but more of a father figure to them. As frontliners, Ursabia said that they are very much inspired and comforted by resolute and dedicated leadership of Secretary Tugade.
“Napakaganda itong ginawa ni Secretary Tugade kung saan personal n’yang ipinarating sa mga rescuers ang kanyang pasasalamat at pagkilala sa kanila. Such gesture from no less than the good Secretary will certainly inspire our PCG frontliners to do more for God, country and people. “Tatay” po talaga sya. He doesn’t only lead and manage. He also shows his love for us,” Commandant Ursabia said.
During the meeting, Secretary Tugade narrated that upon learning of the heroic deed of the PCG, he immediately asked for a way to talk to the PCG Cavite team, under the leadership of Lt Michael John P Encina, Station Commander of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cavite.
Encina and his men, on board PCG-manned BFAR vessel, MCS-3001, provided the necessary assistance and ensured the safety of the passengers, including three (3) children and one (1) pregnant woman, and the boat captain.
The rescued individual came from Cavite City en route to Pulang Lupa 1, Las Piñas City when their boat was battered by huge waves, causing it to capsize.
MCS-3001 was conducting seaborne patrol at said vicinity waters when the incident occurred. Hence, immediate rescue assistance was provided.
PCG Station Cavite personnel augmented the rescue operations by providing health check-up to ensure all passengers, especially the minors, were in good physical condition.
Upon arrival at the nearest shoreline, the rescued individuals were ferried to their respective homes onboard a designated Coast Guard land mobility vehicle.
Aside from Lt Encina, also present in the meeting were the members of the PCG Cavite Team, namely: CPO Francisco Felismino, PO3 Ronel Federico Divinagracia PCG, SN1 Muzar Asa, SN1 Roland Tacal, SN2 Almaajid Sali, SN2 Ryan Hapin, SN2 Michael John Marquez, SN2 Sonny Boy De Mesa, ASN Joshua Ebio, ASN Darwin Abapo, and CCGM Ruel Lachica, as well as Lt Joe Lester Barrientos, MCS Commanding Officer and crew.
Commandant Ursabia said that this effort by his Coast Guard team is indeed a blessing, as he remarked, "We are too blessed by God Almighty because the Philippine Coast Guard, through these rescue personnel and assets on sight, were once again used by God Almighty as instruments in rendering assistance to those in distress, these 12 persons. If God uses us as His instruments, we are truly blessed. This Coast Guard is truly blessed by God Almighty because even in that Holy Week day, we were able to respond accordingly, to save 12 more lives. It was very timely on the part of the Philippine Coast Guard."
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07 APRIL 2021