The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has received a newly-constructed two-story student barracks from the United States on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
It has a gym and a laundry room, and it can accommodate up to 100 people. The project is part of the Coast Guard Fleet Training Center of Excellence’s development in Barangay Santol, Balagtas, Bulacan.
US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (CDA a.i.) Heather Variava and other US Embassy representatives attended the handover event.
“I am inspired to see the PCG pursuing its bold and vital development plan to expand its ranks and modernize its fleet to meet the full array of maritime challenges: from promoting safety and security to protecting environmental and economic interests,” said Variava.
PCG Deputy Commandant for Operations, CG Vice Admiral Fabricante, presided over the ceremony and conveyed his profound gratitude to the US Government for their constant support of the PCG’s goal of developing specialized sailors.
The ceremony was also attended by Coast Guard Fleet Commander, CG Rear Admiral Allan Victor T. Dela Vega.
Before the event ended, the attendees were given a tour of the main facility, which will house the Coast Guard Fleet Training Center’s future engineering and seamanship laboratories.
The project is wholly financed by the US Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Joint United States Military Assistance Group’s Global Security Contingency Fund.