Coast Guard exhibits interagency exercise to aid future maritime incident

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union (PIA)— To heighten the interoperability of participating agencies concerning maritime emergencies in the Ilocos region, the Coast Guard District Northwestern Luzon (CGDNWLZN) conducted a joint inter-agency maritime exercise.

This was staged at the Holcim Pier Poro Point in this city on November 23.

Among the execution scenarios included in the maritime exercises were Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN), Maritime Search and Rescue (MARSAR), firefighting at sea, and Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOL).

After the execution of scenarios, a sea parade participated by all simulators was conducted with the vessels used.

CGDNWLZN Commander, Captain Ivan Roldan acknowledged and extended his gratitude to its partners from the national government agencies, local government units, and private entities in the conduct of this event.

A simulation of fire fighting at sea is exhibited in the 2023 inter-agency maritime exercise in Region 1.

“I would like to thank you all for coming over and I hope you will have a memorable experience in this maritime exercise,” Captain Roldan said.

According to Coast Guard Ensign Paula May Fernandez, the partnership between the Coast Guard and its stakeholders continues to strengthen to boost operational capabilities and cooperation.

“Handang handa na po ang ang Coast Guard if ever na may mangyaring maritime incident kasi nandiyan po ang ating mga lokal na ahensiya at kasama po natin ang mga other private companies na handang tumulong,” she added.

With its success, the CGDNWLZN looks forward to the second time of conducting this event.

The Philippine Coast Guard is mandated and responsible for performing maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, maritime safety, marine environmental protection, and maritime security. (JCR/AMB/REB/PIA Region 1)

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