DBG Maritime Consulting Incorporated, a US-based company, has formally awarded on Wednesday, April 19 several equipment to the Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan which the latter can use to effectively patrol the province’s off-shore areas.
The equipment, which include a container van that can be converted into an office, a generator set, and an outboard motor, was received by Philippine Coast Guard Palawan District Commander Joselito Dela Cruz.
According to PCG District Palawan Spokesperson LTJG Precious Zamora, the said equipment form part of the assistance for training facilities of the Coast Guard.
“Parte ito ng training na ibibigay nila sa atin kasi nakita nila yung need for the training facilities especially for maintenance and repair ng ng mga machines. Kaya sila nag-decide na magbigay sa atin ng mga ganitong kagamitan,” LTJG Zamora said.
Zamora said that there is a need to effectively maintain the facilities of the Coast Guard so the group can immediately respond to emergencies, particularly during on-peak tourism periods.
“For readiness kasi ito. Hindi naman natin alam kung kailan magkakaroon ng maritime incidents sa area of responsibility natin, so itong facilities/equipment na ito ang magmi-maintain at magre-repair ng ating mga sea crafts for easy deployment, especially during the season na marami tayong turista,” said Zamora.
One of Coast Guard’s activities lined up for the summer season is the Water Search and Rescue Training, which is supported by the City Government of Puerto Princesa.