MANILA -- Diether Ocampo said it was his "personal decision" to join the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), where he is now a lieutenant commander.
In an interview during the recently concluded ABS-CBN Ball 2019, Ocampo said it is his own way of serving the country.
"I think it's something that a lot of people, especially young Filipinos, should be aware of -- that part of our responsibilities is to protect and serve our country, and make sure 'yung ating environment and especially sa coastal area ay well-protected," he explained.
And while he is looking forward to meeting colleagues from the industry who would like to protect the country and its natural resources, Ocampo believes that no one should be pressured to join the PCGA or any other group or agency.
"I won't encourage anyone. Like I said, it's a personal decision. It should come from their own free will. Hindi ko puwedeng pangunahan ang kanilang mga plano," he stressed.
"But I always look forward to meeting new colleagues na will probably join eventually."