ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan 18 (PIA) - The Philippine Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao turned over a check amounting to Php160-million for the construction of a 1.4-hectare base. The base, which will soon be their headquarters will include office spaces and a helipad which will be located at the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority's (ZAMBOECOZONE) seafront area.
The Commander of the Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao Capt. Giovanni Bergantin personally handed the check to ZAMBOECOZONE Chairperson and Administrator Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco last January 7, 2020.
ZAMBOECOZONE is continuously in pursuit of providing a safe and secured community in the area and the establishment of the Coast Guard Base, Training Facility and Radar Station in ZAMBOECOZONE is parallel with the Authority's mandate of establishing a harmonious environment for investments by bolstering the security presence.
Moreover, Chairperson Arnuco expressed his gratitude for the trust and continuous support given to ZAMBOECOZONE by the Philippine Coast Guard.
"Through the years they have been instrumental, along with the PNP Special Action Forces, in ensuring that the zone is safe. Their presence has instilled trust and confidence among our growing number of locators," Arnuco said.
Furthermore, the creation of the Philippine Coast Guard Base complements the existing 10-hectare Coast Guard training facility located in the ZAMBOECOZONE 2nd Industrial Park capable of accommodating 500 trainees and 150 training staff, transient houses and quarters. The 1st Coast Guard Radar Station in the Philippines is also in construction at the Authority's seafront area, an initiative to address issues in port security, implementation of the Safety Security Environmental Numbering System (SSEN), and strengthen the Customs Security Patrol.
ZAMBOECOZONE's Board of Directors has approved the Terms of Reference, and the creation of the Special Bids and Awards Committee to bid out the project. The port is slated to be finished after 540 working days upon awarding the project to the winning contractor, with the Philippine Coast Guard as the Technical Working Group for the project. (NBE/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)