Cotabato City, Philippines: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is setting up another emergency response base in Basilan, this time on a 1,000-square meter seaside area donated by Lamitan City government.
The PCG has an operation center in Isabela City, about 28 kilometers away, one of two cities in Basilan province.
PCG officials in the Bangsamoro region said on Wednesday, September 21, they were elated with the donated lot, sealed with a document signed on September 15 by Lamitan City Mayor Roderick Furigay and Captain Rejard Marfe.
Marfe is a PCG district commander in Mindanao.
He and Furigay affixed their signatures to the document during a simple rite at the mayor’s office in Lamitan City.
Furigay said the 1,000-square-meter lot they donated to PCG, located in Barangay Kulaybato, is owned by the local government unit.
He said they are ready to help the PCG put up a station in the area.
“Basilan is an island and the setting up of a new Coast Guard station in Lamitan City is important,” Furigay said in a statement emailed early on to different media outfits.
Marfe said they are thankful to the city government for the donation.
The crafting of the deed of donation was preceded by the awarding a plaque of appreciation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to the city mayor for his support to the anti-narcotics campaign in barangays under his jurisdiction.
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The plaque was personally turned over to Furigay, at the city hall, by the most senior PDEA officer in Basilan, Charishmon Labado.
The certificate was signed by PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva. (John Unson)