PCG conducts humanitarian mission to Pag-asa Island

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday that it successfully conducted its first humanitarian mission in the communities living in Pag-asa Island in Palawan.

Commander Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson said that the supplies were boarded by BRP Batangas (SARV-004) vessel last week to provide assistance to the countrymen residing there.

The goods were provided by contingents from the Philippine Air Force at Philippine Navy Western Command containing clothing, rice, canned goods, cooking oil and other condiments.

Also included in the supplies provided were gasoline stored in drums, motorboats, and some gallons of paints.

Commodore Ferdinand Velasco of the Coast Guard District Palawan, said that they also deployed an aluminum boat AB-074 to be used as service boat on Kalayaan Island.

He said that at least eight personnel from PCG were deployed to serve as relievers for those who were earlier assigned there.

In turn, other officials, staff and workers together with their families from the Municipality of Pag-asa in Puerto Princesa City were also transported in the said ship.

He further said that the transportation service was part of the assistance and support that the agency committed to LGU of Kalayaan.

It can be recalled that PCG had also earlier deployed licensed teachers from PCG to assist with the educational needs aside from fulfilling their mission to ensure maritime security at the West Philippine Sea.