by Raymund F. Antonio
The United States has offered a $4.7-million (P234.7-million) grant to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for education and training of its members and to build a small boat engine training facility.
Commodore Joel Garcia, PCG officer-in-charge, announced the financial grant after his meeting on Thursday with United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the PCG main headquarters in Port Area, Manila.
“We have 300 small boats that have outboard motor engines in the Philippines so they saw it is good to train the PCG in order to repair the outboard motors nationwide,” he said.
In his visit, Kim discussed how to enhance the capacity of both the PCG and National Coast Watch Center and the acquisition of equipment from the US government, said Garcia.
“The US ambassador said they will help to fast-track acquisition of PCG,” he said, referring to 45-knot fast boats that would be used by the maritime agency for counter terrorism and antinarcotics.