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Bohol, PCG agree on protecting Balicasag Island

BOHOL Governor Arthur Yap and Admiral George Ursabia Jr. of the Philippine Coast Guard have signed a Memorandum of Agreement between the Bohol Provincial Government and PCG to promote the protection and safety of Balicasag Island.

With the MOA, the PCG will construct the radar station and establishment of Central Visayas Regional Training Facility.

In a post at PriMER Bohol Facebook Page, Yap said that the radar network in linking all sea crafts together is really something that they should have done long time ago and something that he has supported for quite some time, recalling his support for budget allocation to PCG when he was still a congressman represent Bohol 3rd District.

The Bohol governor also expressed support for the development of PCG facilities in Balicasag Island, which in clude the establishment of a regional training facility and the completion of a radar station.

Yap said this could have been very helpful during the 2017 Abu Sayaff incursion where patrol crafts like bangkas and motorboats would have had identifying signals.

Yap also saw the importance of PCG when the Dos Palmas incident happened when he was still in the Cabinet, in which they received a report that the original objective of the terrorists was Bohol, especially the guests in Balicasag. PR/ELIAS O. BAQUERO