By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang thanked the Japanese government for the P500 million assistance it extended to modernize the communications system of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The communications facilities, financed by the Japanese government, were formally turned to the PCG’s Central Visayas station early this month.
“We thank the Japanese government for granting the Philippine Coast Guard an Enhanced Communication System,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a Palace news conference.
“Under the Enhanced Communication System’s project, a satellite communication system was installed to connect the Headquarters of the PCG to its district offices and its vessels,” he added.
Roque said the project also set up a vehicle traffic management system in Cebu’s Mactan Channel for safe navigation and detection of suspicious ships passing through.
“The project costs 1.2 billion Yen or P500 million,” he added.