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.
Local Training. On the current courses, students are required meet the mandated proficiency mark set by the Coast Guard Education and Training Doctrine and Development Research Center (DDRC). It also contains the instructional practice being used and how those practices affect a student’s performance.
Realizing that this command needs some improvement particularly on special and technological aspect, as well as the educational trends in order to be globally competitive, there is a need to identify the best practices in instruction.
The PCG recently held a simultaneous convening for the various courses being conducted by the Command. Theses include, inter alia, The Coast Guard Officers Course Class(CGPC) 10 – 09, Candidate Coast Guardsman Course Class(CGMC) 18-09 abroad Coast Guard Training Facility, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City, the Basic Underwater Special Operation Course (BUSOC), K9 Handlers Course at Coast Guard Base Farola ,Maritime Security (MARSEC) at Coast Guard District Northern Luzon, Maritime Safety Administration (MARSAD) at CG District Western Visayas, Coast Guard Staff Course(CGSC) at CGETC, CG Base Farola, General Operation Technician Course(GOTC) at CGWCEISS, Mandaluyong City , Aids to Navigation Course(ATON) at HMSSC, Sangley Point, Cavite City.
Currently, there are also tow(2) officers taking – up Master in Ship Management at PMMA Graduate School, two (2) officers taking up Public Safety Officers Senior Executive Course at NPC, Fort Bonifacio, and tow (2) Enlisted Personnel taking up Public Safety Investigation and Detection Course at General Headquarters (GHQ).
As future leaders, PCG officers as well as senior enlisted personnel need to have the full capabilities particularly with planning and decision-making Leadership capabilities as well as management skills need to be given emphasis as preparation for bigger responsibility.
FOREIGN TRAINING. With the goal of being the best among others and being globally competitive, it is essential that the specialized skills and trainings attained by individuals are shared and applied to the organization.
In today’s complex environment and much competition from various counterparts abroad, PCH personnel must possess efficiency in the different aspects of learning in order to be equally competitive with other students. Fluency in the international language is beneficial and can be considered an advantage particularly in better comprehension and communication.
The Office CG-12 for Education and Training is tasked to recommend and select able and efficient candidates and PCG’s proponents to the various training abroad through the Education and Training Board (ETB) that assesses requirements, eligibility and determines the personnel’s training needs.
The personnel’s capability to adjust to a foreign culture, as well as, foreign language capability reaches beyond the roles of linguistics, intelligence, analysts. Theses delivery strategies as well as the inherent professionalism, conduct, leadership skills, effective performance and competencies are key contributors in achieving quality output and identifying the future developments.
By providing continuous personnel improvement through the various PCG leadership development programs, the Command is able to enhance the professional management quality of its personnel.