Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coast Guard gets P6.7b in 2018 for boats, helicopter, and weapons

Manila, Philippines- Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel said that the national government has set aside P6.7 billion out of its P3.767 trillion budget for next year to beef up the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The said allocation will be used for fleet of brand new patrol boats, helicopter, and weapons.

“The fresh funding will help pay for the acquisition of 10 newly built 44-meter patrol boats from Japan, of which five have already been delivered to the PCG,” Pimentel said, a member of House appropriations committee.

The PCG is about to acquire four 24-meter fast boats, which will be delivered in 12 months. There’s also an 82-meter boat for delivery in 2019, and two 94-meter high endurance boats, coming in 2020 and 2021, according to Pimentel.

“The 94-meter boats in particular can operate continuously for 15 days, so they can help reinforce existing Philippine Navy and PCG vessels that are now guarding our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea,” Pimentel said.

The Mindanao Rep also mentioned that PCG is spending P922 million for its firearms, P686 million for chopper to be used for deployment aboard a boat and P682 million for smaller watercrafts.

These new assets will go a long way in enabling the PCG to perform its mission to enforce our maritime laws, conduct sea disaster search and rescue when needed and protect our marine environment,” the Rep. said.

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