The Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP) is putting up a substation for maritime law enforcement, environmental protection, safety, and search and rescue in the city’s Nagtabon Beach area in Barangay Bacungan where more than a few drowning incidents have been recorded lately.
Commodore Allen Toribio, commander of the CGDP, said this week that they are currently looking for an area in Bacungan where the substation can be constructed.
Toribio was interviewed by Palawan News in Barangay Macarascas during the 42nd Anniversary of the Naval Forces West.
He said the particular goal is to help prevent more drowning incidents in the area where there are now emerging popular beach resorts.
“Nabalitaan nga natin ‘yong mga insidente dyan na maraming nalulunod, currently ay naghahanap na kami ng lupa in coordination with the barangay captain doon para maitayo ‘yong substation,” he said.
Toribio did not say if they have a target deadline to accomplish the establishment of the substation, but he said it should be as soon as possible.
The latest recorded drowning incident was on August 10 involving 30-year-old Edgardo Ramirez, a resident of Sitio Kanluran, Barangay Malamig, Calapan City. He drowned and died after falling from a kayak in Nagtabon Beach.
Previously, the CGDP announced it will put up substations in Barangays Matahimik and Tagburos in Puerto Princesa City.
Currently, the CGDP has eight substations in the city.