The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) plans to build stations on Calayan Island, Cagayan, in order to improve maritime law enforcement, defense, search and rescue, and environmental protection not only in northern Luzon but also in the West Philippine Sea.
The PCG said in a Facebook post on Friday 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 around 1,000 square meters.
The pending construction, it said, was made possible after PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. and Calayan Island Mayor Joseph Llopis signed a deed of donation on Tuesday.
“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.
Hundreds of families in Barangay Dadao on Calayan Island received food packs and free medical and dental services a day after the ceremony, in addition to several books provided to children to support their online classes, as part of the PCG’s relief operations.
The PCG said, “The Coast Guard will fulfill its part in supporting community development and economic growth on the island.”
The PCG Civil Relations Service, PCG Medical Service, and the PCG District North Eastern Luzon coordinated the event, according to the statement.