PCG, BOC get 2 more pa­trol boats vs smug­gling

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Eve­lyn Ma­cairan

Two more French-made pa­trol boats to be used by the Philip­pine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC) in their cam­paign against smug­gling ar­rived at the Su­bic Freeport Zone on Thurs­day.

Capt. Ar­mand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said the pa­trol boats would be named BRP Mala­mawi and BRP Kalangga­man.

Last Septem­ber, the PCG com­mis­sioned two other French-made pa­trol boats and named them BRP Bo­ra­cay and BRP Panglao.

“The pri­mary mis­sion of these pa­trol boats is to fight smug­gling. Three of these boats will be jointly op­er­ated by the PCG and BOC,” Balilo said.

“This is the first time that we have de­voted ships for anti-smug­gling,” Balilo added.

The four pa­trol boats were ac­quired un­der the Philip­pine Ports and Coast Guard Ca­pa­bil­ity De­vel­op­ment Project of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) and PCG.

The PCG said an 82-me­ter off­shore pa­trol ves­sel is also set for de­liv­ery in Au­gust next year.

The DOTr and French ship­builder OCEA signed a con­tract for the ac­qui­si­tion of the pa­trol boats to boost the coun­try’s mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

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