Guzman Acain lawyers – Val Guzman and Alex Acain were promoted to the rank of Commanders of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). The promotion, dated 29 May 2020 was signed by Admiral Joel Garcia, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant.

The PCGA is a service-oriented, uniformed, voluntary organization. It is a non-government, non-political organization whose members adhere to the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) customs and traditions. Its organizational structure is parallel to PCG and has a chain of leadership and management.

The PCGA was established in 1972 through Republic Act No. 5173 initially to assist the Philippine Coast Guard in the conduct of search and rescue and safety of boats at sea. Thereafter, the PCGA organization eventually expanded and is now officially covered under Section 11 of Republic Act Number 9993, otherwise known as the PCG Law of 2009. Its primary functions include providing support and assistance to PCG in the promotion of safety of life and property at sea, the preservation of the marine environment and its resources, the conduct of maritime search and rescue, the maintenance of aids to navigation, recreational safety, and such other activities that enhance maritime community relations which include civic action, participation under the National Service Training Program, youth development, and other related activities.

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