Mayor Darlene graces Coast Guard search and rescue exercise

City Mayor Darlene Magnolia R. Antonino-Custodio graced the Maritime Security Search and Rescue - Marine Pollution Control Exercises conducted by by the South Eastern Mindanao District of the Philippine Coast Guard on March 17.

This activity was aimed at effectively protecting the environment and people, and as mandated by Republic Act 9993, the Coast Guard is tasked to implement Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, Marine Environment Protection and Search and Rescue functions, said Commodore Eduardo Gongona, the Coast Guard commander for South Eastern Mindanao District.

Gongona and Custodio witnessed the exercise aboard a Coast Guard search and rescue vessel SARV-3501 which was prepositioned at the Makar port.

Custodio lauded the Philippine Coast Guard for taking part in the campaign to protect the aquatic and eco-tourism resources of the city and its neighboring areas.

The city mayor has also expressed her support to the Philippine Coast Guard in securing the Sarangani Bay from the possible intrusion of lawless groups. (GenSan CMO/alexis chua)

SEARCH & RESCUE EXERCISE. City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio observes a Search & Rescue exercise conducted by members of the Coast Guard Southeastern Mindanao District at the Sarangani Bay while aboard the search and rescue vessel. She if flanked by Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona, commander of the Coast Guard's South Eastern Mindanao District. The simulated activity was aimed to enhance the capability of the Coast Guard in protecting the people and the environment in case of any eventuality. (GenSan CMO/photo by Paul Bernaldez/report by Alexis Chua)


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