PCG to get additional P1.6 billion for new equipment

January 29, 2012 10:45 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 – Efforts of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to modernize its ageing surface craft and acquire modern equipment to boost its emergency and maritime patrol capability has gotten a much needed boost as it will be getting an additional P1.6 billion from the Department of Energy's Gas-Malampaya Collection.

The amount is under the special account in the General Fund 151 of the latter.

"It will go to the acquisition of assets and equipment such as ships, platforms, aircraft, and air surveillance so that in the event our citizens are placed in a situation of danger while travelling the high seas, or within our inland waters, the agency can respond with the fast search, rescue and evacuation measures," the PCG stated.

The budget will be funneled to a build-up program broken down as follows : deployment of sovereign markers on areas of Philippine jurisdiction; deployment of operational ships and aircraft for maritime surveillance and patrol operations; sensors capability enhancement; acquisition of small boats and capability upgrade for special operations units; command, control and communications enhancement; organization, training and maintenance of PCG district and stations; firepower upgrade for ships; additional capability requirements and support to Presidential security duties. (PNA)

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