A four-unit prefabricated modular structure was formally handed over recently to the Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPal) to serve as its new station building on Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan municipality in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
The prefabricated station building, which was virtually turned over on August 31, “is a fitting symbol of the continuing and growing significance of CGDPal as one of the foremost sentries of the Philippine Western Frontier,” according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in a post on September 2.
It is a joint project between the PCG under commandant Adm. George Ursabia and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) headed by Aux. VAdm. Manuel Luis Idquival
“The newly-constructed Coast Guard Station (CGS) Kalayaan building is fully-equipped to improve living conditions of the personnel deployed on the island and to boost the performance of our mandated duty in securing life and property in Philippine waters,” the PCG said in the statement.
CGDPal commander Genito Basilio, in receiving the station building, expressed his gratitude to the PCG and PCGA, and other key personalities who made the project possible.
He said the PCG has marked another milestone in pursuing infrastructure development and service excellence in the Kalayaan Islands Group (KIG) in partnership with the PCGA.
“The simple idea of improving the facility has now been made a reality, became a major undertaking, and turned out to be a glorifying success. I am happy and I am proud to say that we have innovated, we have been creative, and we have made a difference… in our own ways, we have made things happen as we have imagined. And that is responsible and responsive public service,” Basilio said.