Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00
Aside from acquiring new patrol vessels and aircraft, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will also upgrade and refit its old but still usable search-and-rescue craft with the additional P1.6 billion it has received from the Department of Energy’s Gas Malampaya Fund.
Newly-appointed PCG commandant Rear Admiral Edmund Tan said the agency will allocate P78 million to repair and upgrade two PCG vessels -- the BRP San Juan and BRP Batangas.
Both ships are in need of upgrades and repairs following some damages while patrolling the country’s territorial waters, especially the West Philippine Sea.
The PCG will also have to spend about P35 million more to revamp a search-and-rescue vessel.
Tan said once the three ships are upgraded, the PCG would be able to provide 24-hour surveillance and security on the West Philippine Sea.
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