THE Philippine Coast Guard has partnered with the United States Civil-Military Support Element in the Philippines (CMSE-PHL) to strengthen its maritime law enforcement and search and rescue missions, particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

The PCG-Special Operations Group (PCG-SOG) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, together with the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) and Bantay Dagat in Iba, Zambales participated in the Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Medical First Responder training by the CMSE-PHL that was held on the last week of November and first half of December 2021, according to a report by the PCG and US Embassy released on January 4.

In Puerto Princesa, the CMSE-PHL led five days of medical instruction that culminated in a simulated injury exercise. In Iba, the training directly supported PNP-MG's coastal policing mission, while the basic life-saving techniques introduced to Bantay Dagat provided the volunteer organization the ability to better respond to emergencies, including assisting Iba residents who earn their living fishing in the West Philippine Sea.