New PCG chief vows to focus on maritime security

January 25, 2012 11:09 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 25 – Newly-appointed Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Rear Admiral Edmund C. Tan vowed to focus on the country’s maritime security even as he pledged to do his utmost in acquiring new ships and equipment for his agency.

Tan said that his emphasis on maritime security was high-lighted by the fact that the Philippines has one of the world’s largest coastlines, placed at 36,289 kilometers aside from being prioritized by President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III himself.

“Our president has emphasized the government’s firm commitment to prioritize maritime security in our country, especially in the face of maritime challenges and threats such as terrorism, transnational crimes, drug and firearms trafficking, smuggling, human trafficking, climate change, illegal fishing and marine environment degradation,” Tan said in his acceptance speech.

He also pledged to continue the good works done by his predecessor, retired Vice Admiral Ramon C. Liwag, and vowed to further modernize and professionalize the PCG.(PNA)



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