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Coast guard, Tarriela push for training center, response base in OkSi

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Occidental Mindoro Rep. Leody Tarriela urged the leaders of the House of Representatives to support measures creating the Coast Guard Regional Training Center and Coast Guard Response Base in Occidental Mindoro.

Based on House Resolution No. 243, Tarriela emphasized the PCG’s need for additional funding for constructing the Coast Guard Regional Training Center in Paluan, Occidental Mindoro.

The lawmaker said the local government unit of Paluan will donate a parcel of land to construct the said infrastructure.

“This will allow the PCG to [intensify its maritime] security [operations] within the area and nearby vicinities. It will also provide employment and boost the economic development of the province since its construction entails labor and manpower,” Tarriela said.

PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu, thanked the legislator for recognizing the organization’s need for another regional training center to expand its recruitment capacity and accelerate the growth of its manpower.

To date, the PCG has five regional training centers located in Bagac, Bataan; Taguig City; San Fernando, La Union; Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; and Zamboanga City.

Due to the limited capacities of these regional training centers, the PCG can only accommodate less than 4,000 trainees every recruitment cycle.

Under House Resolution No. 244, Representative Tarriela enjoins his fellow legislators to supply additional funding for creating the Coast Guard Response Base in the same municipality.

The said infrastructure, the lawmaker stressed, will serve “as a staging point of Coast Guard ships for the preparation of response missions to Bajo de Masinloc in Zambales and Kalayaan Group of Islands in the West Philippine Sea.”

“Paluan Bay is located near the Mindoro Strait, which is considered as an international sea lane. The creation of Coast Guard Response Base in this location will enable the PCG to immediately [conduct] maritime search and rescue [operations],” Tarriela added.

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