Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo announced Tuesday the conduct of entrance examinations for the pilot cadetship program of the Philippine Coast Guard scheduled on November 28, 2009 at all Coast Guard District Offices nationwide.
Admiral Tamayo disclosed that prospective applicants will compete for seventy five slots that will form the first cadet corps of the Philippine Coast Guard. The successful examinees, after hurling additional numerous tests, will comprise the PCG Cadet Corps Class of 2014 to be integrated to the cadet corps of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy in San Narciso, Zambales.
Under a recent Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy will train the Coast Guard cadets as part of the program. They will be taught the same merchant marine curriculum particularly on shipboard and navigation training but with subjects on coast guard nuances and peculiarity.
On their final year, while the merchant cadets spend their shipboard training on board commercial vessels, Coast Guard cadets will board Coast Guard vessels instead for deployment in various coast guard stations nationwide. They will automatically form part of rescue, maritime law enforcement or marine environmental protection units. After graduation, they will be immediately commissioned as Ensigns in the regular force of the Coast Guard.
With both organizations under the DOTC water cluster sector, the cross-training program will benefit both institutions in the mutual use of their equipment and resources. PMMA cadets can avail of the summer training programs of the PCG on board Coast Guard Cutters and air assets. They will also have the opportunity to be oriented on the actual functions of the PCG. Apart from the PMMA complex training, PCG personnel can also avail of the masterâ€™s degree program offered in its Manila satellite campus.
Admiral Tamayo also divulged that successful applicants for cadetship will enjoy government scholarship leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Merchant Marine, eligible to take professional licensure examinations. He expressed optimism that the first cadet corps will become a prelude for the eventual establishment of the Coast Guard Academy, patterned after the United States and Japan Coast Guard Academies. He thanked Secretary Leandro Mendoza of the Department of Transportation and Communications for the fruition of the project and the leadership of the PMMA for allowing Philippine Coast Guard to be part of the partnership.
Admiral Tamayo exhorts interested applicants to secure application forms from the nearest Coast Guard units or from the PCG website www.costguard.gov.ph download. Applicants must be natural born Filipino male or female citizens, who are: physically fit; single with no children out of wedlock; never been accused or convicted of any crime against the law and the State; exactly at least 17 years old or at most 22 years old upon admission by June 2010: at least high school graduates or graduating from high school by April 2010: At least 5 feet and 4 inches in height and 55 kgs in body weight for males and 5 feet and 2 inches in height and 50 kgs in body weight for females; at least average academic performance, preferably with high school Trigonometry and has never been previously enrolled in PMMA.
Deadline for submission of application form will be on November 21, 2009 and examinations will be on the 28th of November (with an examination fee of P350.00) to be held on the following Coast Guard Districts:
Coast Guard District National Capital Region-Central Luzon (CGDNCR-CL)
Muelle Dela Industria, Farola Compound, Binondo, Manila
Telephone: (02) 243-0474 / 243-0465 / 245-7056
Coast Guard District Central Eastern Visayas (CGDCEV)
Address: Arellano Boulevard,Cebu City
Telephone: (032) 416-6566
Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao (CGDSWM)
Address: Port Area, Zamboanga City
Telephone: (062) 993-1004
Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL)
Address: Barangay Liwanag, Port Area, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Telephone: (048) 433-2974
Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog (CGDSTL)
Address: Sta. Clara, Batangas City
Telefax: (043) 300-2949
Coast Guard District Western Visayas (CGDWV)
Address: Bo. Obrero, Iloilo City
Telefax: (033) 337-6029
Coast Guard District Northern Luzon (CGDNLZ)
Address: Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union
Telefax: (072) 700-4474
Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao (CGDSEM)
Address: KM -10 Sasa Wharf, Davao City
Telefax: (082) 235-0002
Coast Guard District Bicol (CGDBCL)
Address: Naval Base Rawis, Legaspi City
Telefax: (052) 820-6346
Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao (CGDNM)
Address: Corrales Extension, Macabalan, Cagayan De Oro, City
Telefax: (088) 231-6634
For further inquiries: Call or visit Headquarters Coast Guard District Central Eastern Visayas at telephone number (32) 416-6566 or log on at PCG website www.costguard.gov.ph.