The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intends to construct facilities on Calayan Island, Cagayan, to boost maritime law enforcement, defense, search and rescue, and environmental protection not only in northern Luzon, but also in the West Philippine Sea.
In a Facebook post on Friday, the PCG stated that PCG stations and/or sub-stations will be built on Calayan Island, which is part of the Babuyan Islands, on a land area of approximately 1,000 square meters.
The planned construction, it added, was made possible by a donation deed signed on Tuesday by PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. and Calayan Island Mayor Joseph Llopis.
“During the signing ceremony, Admiral Ursabia expressed his sincere gratitude to the local government of Calayan Island for supporting the Coast Guard, specifically in strengthening its visibility in the region,” the PCG said.
As part of the PCG’s relief operations, hundreds of families in Barangay Dadao on Calayan Island received food packs and free medical and dental care the day following the ceremony, in addition to several books provided to youngsters to help their online lessons.
The PCG said, “The Coast Guard will fulfill its part in supporting community development and economic growth on the island.”
According to the statement, the event was managed by the PCG Civil Relations Service, the PCG Medical Service, and the PCG District North Eastern Luzon.