Coast Guard to get P700M worth of training aid from US gov’t

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

THE United States Government has recently authorized the funding for an Interagency Maritime Technical Training Program of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Commander Armando Balilo, PCG Public Affairs chief, said that the world's superpower once again granted the agency with a training capacity building program, which is part of the work plan of the Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF).

Balilo said that all officers and personnel of the country's maritime law enforcement agency will be eligible to received specialization training under the recently approved program.

He noted that the focus of the program will be on PCG units engaged in maritime security.

According to a letter signed by US Army Colonel Carter, chief to the Joint United Stated Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) in the country, the entire training will cost around $16.6-million or P713.8-million.

The PCG spokesman noted that new assistance from the US Government will establish an education and training program that will enhance the agency's capacity to conduct operator level maintenance in supports for the Coast Guard fleet.

Balilo said that the timing of training is excellent since the PCG is already is set to acquire 14 brand new sea assets from Japan and France.

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday signed the JP¥ 18.732-billion (US$ 187-million) soft loan deal to acquire 10 multi-role 40-meter vessels from Japan, which will arrive in the country in early 2015.

"We are glad on the timing of the new assistance given the United States since it will teach us how to properly maintain the new assets that we are looking forward to be delivered in the next couple of years," Balilo said.

Aside from maintenance, the training will also focus on engineering systems, electronics and information courses.

Balilo also said that procurement in support of the training program will include training aids and stimulators; formulation and execution of resident training courses; US-based training opportunities’ remodel existing facilities for classrooms and office space; and education and instruction support equipment and supplies. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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