The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) started the process of accommodating to Philippine Coast Guard Auxilliary (PCGA) the victims of recruitment scam in the province.
PCG Bataan Station Commander Jonathan Serote said 283 volunteers from different towns of Bataan attended the PCG Auxiliary orientation held at 1Bataan Command Center, Orani on Saturday.
The attendees belong to the 480 Bataan residents who were allegedly recruited by a group 101st Balangay Group PCGA Incorporated to PCG Auxilliary, which was not authorized by PCG. Serote representing PCG accompanied by some victims filed the complaint at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office a week ago against Renante Nase, Reniel Nase, Julius Valerio, and Henric David belonging to the group 101st Balangay PCGA Inc.
He said the “recruits” were promised to receive benefits from cooperative to be formed and other sources adding each of them shelled out at least P18,000 for transportation and food allowance, uniform, and other expenses for months of training.
PCG Bataan Station commander said they charged the respondents of cases of estafa, usurpation of authority, and unlawful use of logo and insignias.
“Ang inyong Philippine Coast Guard at ang kanyang civilian arm, ang PCG Auxiliary sa Bataan,ay lubos n masaya dahil pinaunlakan ng ating mga mahal na kababayan ng Bataan ang aming imbitasyon na sila ay makasama sa lehitimong grupo ng PCGA”, Serote said.
“Ang orientation activity na ito ay isang paraan upang maging aware at maitama ang maling public perception na nagmula sa pekeng PCGA na tumatanggap ng financial compensation ang sumasali dito.
Ang mga myembero ng PCGA kailanman po hindi binibigyan ng sweldo o allowance.
Ang kanilang perks” bilang members ng PCGA ay ang pagkakaroon ng karapatang maisuot ang official uniforms intended for PCGAs sa iba’t ibang activities nito at syempre ang “thank you” at matatamis na ngiti ng mga kababayan natin na kanilang natutulungan,” he added.
The orientation was led by Serote, Coast Guard Auxilliary Commodore Enrico Yuzon, and Coast Guard Auxiliary Capt. Martin Maranas.
Earlier one of the victims Antonio Allecer from Mariveles appealed,” Ang kahilingan sana namin ay iayos ang kalagayan namin dahil iisa lang naman ang layunin namin at yon ay makatulong sa bayan kaya sana ay tanggapin kami ng coast guard at ituloy na lang ang serbisyo.”