As Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard from 01 June 2008 to 22 April 2011, ADMIRAL WILFREDO D TAMAYO PCG exhibited exemplary dedication to his sworn duty as he carried out efficiently and effectively his immense duties and responsibilities. Endowed with high sense of responsibility, professional competence, and technical expertise, ADMIRAL TAMAYO successfully steered the Philippine Coast Guard towards new direction. Leading the PCG to the right course brings the organization the following landmark accomplishments:
· Setting new direction results to the enactment of Republic Act 9993, otherwise known as the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009.
· Awarding of Quality Management System (QMS/ISO 9001:2008 Certification to the Coast Guard Action Center. This makes the PCG the second Coast Guard in the world to be awarded such certification.
· Imbued with administrative and operational expertise, ADMIRAL TAMAYO effectively led five (5) Major Support Commands, ten (10) Districts, fifty-five (55) Stations, three (3) Sub-stations and two hundred seven (207) Detachments towards the virtual attainment of the President’s Zero Casualty Program and relatedly, the SOTC’s Zero Maritime Accident Program.
· Because of his strong commitment to carry out national policies, he immediately responded to the instruction of His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III during the onslaught of typhoon Basyang last 14 July 2010 for the PCG to study and develop procedures in notifying or recalling fishermen during severe weather conditions. He initiated the crafting of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), thru the assistance of the DOTC, and held a series of interagency meetings and workshops which led to the approval and signing of said MOA essential to harmonizing and integrating the efforts of 12 government departments and agencies to enhance the safety of fishermen.
· Following the onslaught of typhoon “Frank” in 2008, the PCG, after extensive consultation with PAGASA, partner government agencies, maritime stakeholders and expert groups, developed and formulated an improved sailing regulation for vessels. With the enactment and implementation of PCG Memorandum Circular No. 01-09 entitled, “Guidelines on Movement of Vessels During Heavy Weather”, the new sailing regulation integrated crucial safeguards and innovations to further improve maritime safety in the country including a new PAGASA forecasting graphical representation for easy reference of shipping in every weather bulletin of areas to be avoided by vessels during weather disturbances or typhoons.
· In response to the clamor of the people of Guimaras and Boracay Islands, and considering the unique topographical characteristic of the said areas, the PCG after extensive study, enacted PCG Memorandum Circular 02-10 or the Interim Guidelines on Movement of Vessels and Motorboats Engaged in Short Distance Voyages in Special Areas thereby providing a long time solution to the problem affecting the movement of the populace in the said areas without sacrificing the promotion of safety of life at sea.
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