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DOTr’s Bautista vows support to Philippine Coast Guard’s modernization program

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THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) has vowed to support the modernization program of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), citing its vital role in maritime safety and security.

On Thursday, DOTr Secretary Jaime J. Bautista said his office would push for the continued comprehensive modernization of the assets and manpower of the PCG.

“The transportation department will always support the continued modernization of the Coast Guard. We will continue to help the Coast Guard in pursuing their comprehensive modernization program,” said Bautista.

Among others, the program involves acquiring assets and equipment as well as the inclusion of its officers in world-class educational programs. “Given the inherently international nature of shipping and maritime transportation, attendance in world-class educational programs from these prestigious institutions should not be taken for granted,” Bautista said.

The number of Coast Guard personnel has grown from only around 7,000 several years ago to over 26,000 today.

Apart from modern assets and well-trained personnel, Bautista called on the PCG’s role in the collective goal of providing accessible, affordable, comfortable and safe transportation for Filipinos.

Citing the PCG’s vital role in maritime safety and security, Bautista called for diplomacy amid the challenges in the country’s sovereign waters. He also commended the agency’s humanitarian efforts and marine environmental protection, including the prosecution of illegal poachers.

“Please continue taking care of our precious marine life,” he added.

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