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Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that 71-year-old Alfons Hermann Keittl was arrested last Thursday in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU). Morente said Keittl’s deportation was sought by the German embassy in Manila which informed the Bureau of Immigration about an arrest warrant that a local court in the town of Landshut, Germany issued against the fugitive last July.

Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog (CGDSTL) is located in the fast rising economic center of the country where the Strong Republic Nautical Highway connects the five(5) major ports that ply the following routes: Batangas – Calapan; Batangas – Romblon; Batangas – Abra de Ilog; Roxas – Caticlan and Lucena – Marinduque. Through the years, the CGDSTL amidst the enormous responsibility at hand was able to perform its multifarious functions and address needs of the maritime community in the area of responsibility. In line with the Commandant’s COMPASS: Capacity Building Measures, Operating  Environment Awareness, Aggressive Training and Recruitment, Strategic Deployments and Visibility, Total Vigilance and Preparedness, Growth in Service and Support System, Unity of Action Through Partnership, Accountable Finance and Logistic System, Responsible Maritime Governance, Development of Doctrines and Maritime Regimes. Parallel to the program ensuring safer ships, cleaner seas and secure maritime environment, the following are the CGDSTL’S accomplishment for this year.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) urged aspiring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to avoid human traffickers and illegal recruiters who would prey on their vulnerabilities, after the agency uncovered the recurrence a modus operandi of a syndicate that houses and trains its victims at safe houses before deployment abroad. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the reminder after two women were recently barred from leaving the country for misrepresenting their age and narrating their experience with the syndicate that recruited them. The women had alleged that they were kept by their handlers in a safehouse in Paco, Manila for two months before they were booked for their flights.

Morente instructed the bureau’s port operations division (POD) and travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) to conduct strict profiling and inspection of departing passengers to ensure that no underage OFWs are able to leave. According to Bureau of Immigration POD chief Grifton Medina, the two women, aged 19 and 20, were intercepted last Sept. 21 at the NAIA terminal 2 in their attempt to board a connecting flight from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. Medina said the passengers both presented valid passports, visas, job contract, and overseas employment certificates but the birth dates in their documents were intentionally altered to make it appear that they meet the age requirement for Household Service Workers which is 23 years. “Both women initially claimed that they were 26 years old, but eventually admitted their real age upon questioning,” Medina said. Bureau of Immigration-TCEU chief Timotea Barizo said that the women recounted how they were housed for two months at a safehouse in Manila where they were briefed and taught by their recruiters how to respond to questions from immigration officers. “We've heard this in the past, usually victims would be briefed a few days before their flight. But now they're actually housed for months to train on how to evade immigration questioning," said Barizo. "The two victims admitted that their documents were given only prior to departure, and that they were told to open it only after check in. This forces them to go on and comply with the scheme despite the discrepancy since they are already there,” Barizo said. Morente reiterated his reminder to OFWs not to fall prey to these schemes. "Transact only with legitimate agencies accredited by the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration)," he reminded.

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Few may choose to tread the long and narrow path but as the Bible tells us, it is the path that leads to something better and brighter. When first the PCG was separated from the PN, not many dared to cast their lots with it. What happened resonates deeply with the concept of maritime trade of olden days when a voyage is deemed an adventure redolent with risks and danger yet may unexpectedly turn into a highly profitable endeavor. The PCG experience is parallel to that part of maritime history. Yet it has now emerged successful in the gamble that it took 11 years ago. To date the PCG Bill or the law that seeks to not only update RA 5173 as amended but also to modernize and empower the Philippine Coast Guard has already reached 3rd reading in the Senate, thanks to the unanimous support of the Senate Committee on National Defense, Chaired by Sen. Rodolfo Biazon and the whole Philippine Senate. It has now been calendared to be presented in the bicameral session of Congress on November 2009.

            In anticipation of the passage of SB 3389, a cursory look into the salient provisions of the would be Coast Guard law will help everyone, PCG personnel and the public alike, to understand the Coast Guard as an entity. One of the most basic changes that SB No. 3389 made  is as follows:

            SEC 2. Establishment. – The Philippine Coast Guard, hereinafter referred to as the PCG, is hereby established as an armed and uniformed service attached to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC): Provided, That in times of war,  as declared by congress, the PCG or parts thereof, shall be attached to the Department of Nationals Defense.

The much daunted “global crisis” has prompted some of the world’s leading financial technocrats and managers to review and redefine their respective country’s existing trading and economic policies in order to mitigate the long –term. In this case of the Philippines, our country is “probably fortunate” to have the usual financial miracle coming from the much need Dollar remittances from the more than Ten (10) million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) that span from Europe, Middle East, Austral-Asia and the continental United States including all oceans of the world (of course, we have to include our seafarers). The infusion of the green bucks from our OFWs, more often stabilizes the country’s Balance of Payment thereby alleviating our country’s dependency on the U.S. dollar. But for how long are we going to be dependent on our OFW remittances in order to literally save our economy from unforeseen fortuitous economic events?

The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA will hold its traditional Maritime Week Celebration from Sept 22-29, 2019 in a simple but meaningful manner.

Timed with the observance of National Seafarer’s Day with the theme: “Marinong Filipino-Kababaihan: PalakasinsaIndustriya!”,Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo PCG(Ret), Senior Executive Vice President for Maritime Affairs (SEVPMA), and at the same time the Executive Director, International Student Affairs, has enjoined the College of Maritime Education, through its Deans-Capt Lexington Calumpang, ChiefmateDaniloLumbres, and Engr Verna Azucena to enliven the spirit of the week-long celebration in honor of seafarers around the world, often dubbed as the world’s silent or day-to-day heroes.

Perpetualite cadets will participate in the following activities within the campus, and in most of the activities organized in celebration of the 24th National Seafarers’ Day which has adopted the IMO Theme: Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Engr Rodolfo Nava, Adviser of UPHSD CME Maritime Student Council, is designated in-charge of all the preparations.

24th National Seafarers’ Day Activities

D A T E

A C T I V I T I E S

Sep 22, Sunday, 0700H

AMOSUP Kick-off Mass at Seafarer’s Statue,  Baywalk

Sep 23, Monday,1700H

HARANA by the Bay (PCG Philharmonic Orchestra), Baywalk Manila

Sep 24, Tuesday, 1400H

PASIKLABAN 2019 (AIMS Compound, Pasay City)

Sep 25, Wednesday,

Boodle Fight Lunch Time –LUSWELF

Sep 26, Thursday

Boses ng Marino Karaoke Challenge (Whole Day), LUSWELF AMOSUP Covention Hall, Intramuros, Manila

0800H – 11th On-the-Spot ART Contest

1300H – 16th Oratorical Contest

Sep 27, Friday

6th NSD-SeamanOnLine Wacky at Sea Photo Contest

Western Union – Ten Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines (TOMSP) 2019 Judging

Sep 29, Sunday 0700H       

PCG Compound Memorial at Sea – Rite of Remembrance (Ecumenical Service)

 

0630H -24th NSD Grand Parade (Assembly at Raja Sulayman Park,Roxas Blvd, Manila)

 

0900H - Holy Eucharist

 

1000H - NSD Program

 

Awarding of NSD Contests Winner

 

On the spot art

Sep 29, Sunday

-Oratorical,

 

-Boses ng Marino Karaoke Chalenge,

 

-WackyPhoto at Sea,and

 

-Western Union’s TOMSP

 

1200H - End of Program

 

On-Campus Activities:

 

DATE

TIME

ACTIVITIES

Sep 25 (Wednesday)

 

 

0800H-0900H

 

1400H-1900H

 

 

 

Mass (UPHSD Chapel)

 

IF  -   Opening of Maritime Days

 

     -    UPHSD CME Video Presentation

 

-       Investiture and Orientation of New Students

 

-       Health Awareness Seminar

 

-       Static Display (Sep 25-26, 2019)

 

-       Opening of Fellowship Games

 

Sep 26

(Thursday)

 

 

0800H-1900H

 

Continuation of Games

 

·         Basketball/ Football

 

·         Track and Field

 

·         Chess, and Swimming

 

·         Tug of War

 

        (Special Edition: Teaching vs Non-Teaching)

 

Boodle Fight

 

 

 

Sep 27

(Friday)

 

1200H-1700H

1830H-2100H

 

Continuation of Games

 

Mr./Ms. Maritime Night

 

Awarding Ceremonies

 

 

The SEVPMA is thus expecting all members of the UPHS DALTA and JONELTA maritime faculty and staff, and their respective cadets to actively participate in the week-long celebration as the University of Perpetual Help System continues to advocate its time-honored guiding principle that “Character Building is Nation Building

Education, has been often defined, “is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual”. Education also is a process of educating or teaching and its only purpose is to teach a student how to live his life – by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality.

Integral in achieving the Command’s goal is the development of a Coast Guard wide management culture for all the Officers and personnel. And as the Philippines Coast Guard diligently performs its mandated tasks of ensuring safety, security and protecting the marine environment, it also has to maintain its competitiveness with other agencies as well as other institutions. Further, with the realization of the need for improving the student’s capabilities as well as the quality of instructors, a comprehensive analysis and hands-on alignment of educational practices across all levels and leadership of its personnel was developed.

Improving the PCG’s efficiency through education, training, structures, and system development is the key towards national and global competitiveness. This approach enables the organization to efficiently achieve its set of objectives.

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently barred from leaving the country seven undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who attempted to depart in the guise of being tourists. BI Port Operations Acting Chief, Grifton Medina said the passengers were deferred to depart after being intercepted on separate occasions last week at NAIA Terminal 2 and 3.

“They were not allowed to leave after they admitted under questioning that they are not tourists but are actually going abroad to work,” He said. He reiterated his warning to those who intend to work overseas not to evade the travel requirements for OFWs by pretending to be tourists as “there is very little chance you will not be caught by our vigilant immigration officers at the airports.” Reports submitted by the Travel Control and Enforcememt Unit (TCEU) Head, Ma. Timotea C. Barizo to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that two of the passengers were intercepted at NAIA 2 last Sept. 14 as they were about to depart for Hongkong. They were barred to depart after they were noticed traveling with a woman who is in the bureau’s alert list of suspected human traffickers facilitating the deployment of undocumented workers abroad. On Sept. 15, four Malta-bound “tourist workers” were apprehended at the NAIA 2 departure area after they presented questionable documents regarding the purpose of their travel. They initially claimed they were attending a symposium but later admitted during interview that they were hired to work as maids in Malta. They further alleged that each of them gave P500,000 to their handler in return for processing their travel documents and visas. Barizo also reported the interception last Sept. 17 of a Filipina bound for Istanbul, Turkey who was caught in possession of a fraudulent overseas employment certificate. All seven passengers were turned over to the NAIA Task Force Against Trafficking in Person (NAIATFAT) for further investigation.

 

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