Duterte vows to strengthen Coast Guard

Real support President Rodrigo Duterte salutes before the Philippine Flag during the arrival honors when he graced the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). He promised new equipment for the PCG to help fulfill its mission to ensure the country’s maritime security. YUMMIE DINGDING

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to strengthen the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) even as he urged them to remain vigilant in their duty to uphold the country’s maritime security.

“I urge the entire Philippine Coast Guard to build on its accomplishments and to continue its efforts in upholding our country’s maritime security,” Duterte said in his speech Thursday during the 117th Anniversary of PCG at the Port Area in Manila.

He also encouraged the PCG to remain committed as “defenders of the land” and “protectors of the Filipino people.”

“Evidently, the success of the PCG would not have been possible without the contributions of its officers, its enlisted men. Their personal achievements which have pushed for the developments that are crucial in making the agency more efficient and responsive to the challenges of the times and to the demands of our citizens,” he added.

Duterte stressed his administration remains committed to strengthen the PCG by raising its standards through modern equipment and crucial infrastructures.

“The PCG’s acquisition of new weapons, equipment and several multi-purpose response vessels and fast patrol boats complete with modern computerized systems has indeed helped enhance our law enforcement capabilities,” Duterte said.

As further proof of Duterte’s commitment, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced Friday the third and fourth Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) for the PCG are now on their way to the Philippines.

To be commissioned as BRP Kalanggaman and BRP Malamawi the two remaining FPB are now loaded onto a cargo vessel at Saint Nazaire, France and scheduled to arrive in the country on the last week of November 2018, DoTr said in a statement.

PCG is an armed and uniformed service under the DoTr primarily tasked to enforce all laws within the Philippine waters, conduct maritime security operations, safeguard of life and property at sea and protect the marine environment and resources.

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