OBMC Tours BRP Teresa Magbanua and BRP Gabriela Silang

MAR 20


Selected Citizen’s Army Training (CAT) students with some OBMC personnel were invited by the Philippine Coast Guard to tour the BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV 9701) and BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV 8301) at their National Headquarters, Pier 13, Manila, last February 29, 2024. The tour was PCG’s way of expressing gratitude for OBMC’s continuous support of the Bayanihan sa Karagatan program.

The Bayanihan sa Karagatan program is PCG’s humanitarian mission to aid Filipino fisherfolk on Philippine waters during regular patrols to uphold maritime security. This year, OBMC donated food packs and toiletries for distribution during BRP Teresa Magbanua’s patrol along Bajo De Masinloc and other parts of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).


In his brief speech, Coast Guard Captain Jomark Angue introduced the ship, “BRP Teresa Magbanua is the biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard so far.” He thanked the OBMC community for the continued partnership and swift response to their calls.

Despite the current situation in WPS, PCG’s support of the fisherfolk gives them hope to continue fishing as their livelihood. “Sending help to these fishermen make them feel that there are people who remember them even though they live far from the mainland. . . . During the patrols, they also give the PCG something in return, like food even in small amounts. [This kindness] shows that our program helps to boost their morale.”

As the only humanitarian armed service in the country, the PCG is committed to bringing about positive change in the lives of fellow Filipinos, including those residing in far-flung coastal communities.

Moving forward, the O.B. Montessori Center community regularly supports the Bayanihan sa Karagatan program.

If you wish to donate to the Bayanihan sa Karagatan program through OBMC, message us here.