Zambo Ecozone to host new PCG headquarters Print
Monday, 05 March 2018 11:52

The Philippine Coast Guard has allotted P187-million for the construction of its new headquarters inside the Zamboanga Economic Zone compound in San Ramon.

Capt Ronnie Gil L. Gavan, PCG Southwestern Mindanao (CGD-SWM) District Commander, said that a 30,000 square meter coastal lot inside the Ecozone will house the CGB buildings and facilities which will include a recreational facility and training center for PCG personnel; and a K-9 dog training site.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino has alloted P168-million for the construction of the structures and another P19-million for the construction of a radar station and the acquisition of a state-of-the-art communications facility.

“We expect the construction of the facilities and buildings to start next month considering that the site and funding for the purpose is already available and ready for disbursement,” said Gavan.

Gavan said that Zambo Ecozone Chairman Christopher Arnuco has allocated 15 hectares to the Coast Guard for the construction of a finger wharf where PCG boats will be docked and support facilities will be located.

At present, the CGD-SWM has operational control over seven  stations and thirty-two (32) sub-stations,  K9 unit for Explosives, Narcotics and Search and Rescue (SAR), several teams of Special Operations teams, Legal service, and seven (7)  Intelligence Field Station detachments.

CGD-SWM also maintains 30 vessels   to  respond to any maritime distress incidents in five coastal provinces and two cities, two critical international sea-lanes: the Basilan Strait and Sibutu Passage, and two seas and a tri-border sea area straddling South Western Mindanao.

He said that these newly activated PCG  sub- stations will serve Tawi-Tawi via  the Great Bakkungan Islands at the Turtle Islands Group in the south, the Triple-SB municipalities located  in Zamboanga del Norte in the west, and Palimbang municipality of Sultan Kudarat in the east.

As this developed,  Gavan said that all PCG stations  under the PCG Southwestern Mindanao district  will remain on high alert  status to  prevent  the movement  of  lawless personalities, weapons, and illegal drugs across  the Sulu and  Celebes Seas.

Gavan added that since the imposition of Martial Law, the PCG in Mindanao has been designated as the captains of the port where they assume control of the security of ports and ships all over Mindanao including the implementation of the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code.  (Ely Dumaboc)