Members of the Philippine Coast Guard patrol Manila Bay prior to the 2017 ASEAN summit. (Philippine Coast Guard)
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is the third uniformed armed service branch in the Philippines. Housed under the Department of Transportation, it is that nation’s only humanitarian armed service. The PCG currently is led by Rear Admiral Elson E. Hermogino, who was appointed the 27th Commandant of the PCG in January 2018, succeeding Commodore Joel S. Garcia. Hermogino previously served in a variety of major commands within the PCG, including three coast guard districts and three search-and-rescue vessels.
According to its official website, the missions of the PCG include:
• Maritime safety
• Maritime security
• Maritime search and rescue
• Maritime law enforcement
• Marine environmental protection