The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon be more equipped and capable in performing their task as President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the immediate acquisition of two search and rescue helicopters.

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PCG Spokesperson Armand Balilo – image credit to untv-news

PCG Spokesperson Armand Balilo disclosed that Duterte made the promise that two more brand-new helicopters would soon be added to their inventory when the President toured the BRP Tubbataha during their 115th’s anniversary last October 13.

Balilo said “The helicopters can be utilized in air dropping of relief goods, dropping of rescuers at sea and evacuation of people trapped on roofs and on trees during calamities,”

Besides the 10 units of recently assembled 44-meter vessels from Japan that would arrive in the country in staggered delivery until 2018, the President likewise endorsed the procurement of two more ships from Japan.

The ships measuring 90 meters long may be delivered by 2020, the PCG said.

The government is also planning to order two ships from France to add to the PCG’s fleet. – JCE.

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