Philippine Coast Guard to receive 10 patrol boats from Japan


MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Coast Guard is set to hire some 300 new personnel to man 10 new patrol boats expected to arrive from Japan.

PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said they would prioritize applicants who would fit the qualifications of those who will man the new acquisitions.

“We need to recruit people with maritime-related courses such as marine engineers and marine navigation course. But we would also be needing technical experts such as those who have mechanical, welding and electrical skills or background,” said Balilo.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario discussed with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, during the latter’s visit early this week, a loan agreement for the Philippines’ procurement of 10 multi-role response vessels for the Coast Guard.

The new patrol vessels, which are expected to arrive in 2014, are expected to boost the country’s territorial defense in the West Philippine Sea.

PCG usually accepts applicants who finished even non-maritime-related courses.

“But we should now prepare for our new assets. We should prepare the right people or the crew and asset management team who would be in charge of our new vessels’ maintenance,” Balilo explained.

He added that they have one year to hire the needed personnel, who would be assigned for deck operation, navigation, gunnery and engineering.

Those who would be selected would undergo one-year training on board the new ships.

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  • Sandiego

    Japan is a very good ally. We should partner with Japan to help us to develop our defense industry. It would greatly help us with our jobs problem since it would touch so many industries. Also, in times of trouble we have the weapons to protect our country. I hope our leaders will take this path.

    • Harry

      Japan was never a good ally. The Japanese killed thousands of Filipinos during the last World War and became ally after they lost the war and surrendered to the Americans.

      They moved their industries overseas to boost their competitiveness and not for the sake of solving our unemployment problem.

      In times of trouble we will have no weapons to protect ourselves because the Japanese government does not permit export of war materials.

      • Joben Obeña

        Mababait na ang mga new generation na hapones at lahat na tunay na Filipino ay buong pusong magpasalamat sa mga ibang bansa na tutulong sa pilipinas upang magkaroon ng kakayahang maipagtanggol ang sariling bansa.

  • Sandiego

    Is it possible for all Filipinos to contribute to a fund to help our military? How many OFW? 10 million right. If half that number would contribute $10 a month that’s 600 million annually. We don’t need to give it to PHL government. Instead we can have a third party manage the money for us and also negotiate with the government for the needs of our military. No corrupt politician touches our money. For example, AFP needs guns, we can have our Rep. buy the guns from another 3rd party based on the specs AFP wants then have those guns delivered to our military. We can help start a defense industry in the same way. Will this work? I haven’t read to much talk like this on the internet. But I love our country and want to do my share to help. Individually we are powerless. But if we all chipped in we can make a difference. Anyone in banking? Is this type of account possible. Any ideas? I’ll bookmark this page. I want this idea to gain traction. Let’s start a group on facebook to discuss this. Let’s stand together.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Keep posting and hopefully the leadership will take notice.

      • avmphil

        As far as one can see or hear it’s visible. Not one Provincial Governor in Luzon is yet to profess to his constituents that security measures are under way or being taken to safeguard Luzon’s pores coastline either collectively or on basis within their jurisdiction-which will be an easy target for the Chinese. It’s you and everyone’s desire that politicians will look to their constituents’ future. Will it happen? Sad to express: It won’t.Twenty-two years along coastal region, hard hit by typhoons, homes washed away and misery, at the end of the day, only a pittance in your palms.Strange most folks are content, knowing well its futile to cross-roads against the big-wigs.

      • opinyonlangpo

        I am not sure what authority you have to speak for the politicians but you are just confirming that they are out of touch with their constituents. Anyway, they always are and all they care for are their self interests.

      • avmphil

        Appreciate your reply:I represent no one, either an authority for or against the systems. Simple observation physically and views gathered is all that is needed to filter facts and fiction. Anyway, have you dropped by in places such as Port Solamague or Currimou in the north… and many more? The coastal townships provide panoramic views of the northern limits of the West Philippines Sea, and so do our adversary: China

    • ave

      siraulo ka ba? kung mag contribute lang din ang OFW din sa panggera edi sa education or welfare nalang ng mahihirap.

      • Edgar Lopez

         Ave.. sino ka magsabing siraulo si sandiego. Wala ka yatang historical knowledge & mgt knowhow. U know the Israelis during Golda Meier. presidency… they were a new country and I think nagkampihan ang mga Arabo against Israel. Bago at poor ang Israel noon…alam mo bang ang lahat ng Jews around the world esp. sa US…. nangagDonate ng Fighter Planes, Gunboats and other war materials para may panlaban ang Israel. Result.. nanalo ang Israel. Bakit magContribute pa tayo sa education… di ba kanyakanya tayong paaral sa ating pamilya? kapag may kalaban ka.. magkaisa para matulongan ang gobierno. Why siraulo? ikaw yata ang stupido… ah. walang inisip kundi tumangap ng tulong at di marunong magSAKRIPISYO para sa bayan.

      • rowelcasipong

        may lahi yata kang politiko,,alam mo ba saan napunta ang mga donation ,90% sa politians…its more fun in politics,isti its more in the philippines

      • DexTer Gomez

        pano mo na nga mapapakinabangan ang education or welfare for the poor eh na gyera na nga tayo? we gotta think fast, positive decision making, and act accordingly before it’s too late for us to defend our homeland. The education that you’re saying, we already did that a long time ago and as a result we are among the nationalities with the highest educational attainment rate. It’s time for us to beef up defensively and get respect that we deserve. We gotta act as a one solid nation.

    • rowelcasipong

      isa akong OFW ung $10 na yan isang  buwan ,ibili ko nalang nang bigas at pambayad sa tution nang mga anak ko wala akong pakialam f mag gyera ang mundo basta ,mapakain ko anak ko at mapag aral,,,lumayo kami sa aming pamilya at nagsakripisyo dito sa ibang bansa para mabigyan nang magandang kinabukasan an mga anak ko,…….,at saka may high powered fire arms din ako na gagamitin sakaling maggyera self defense sa pamilya ko,,ano masasabi nyo practical diba,,,yong i donate ko na pera ibili ko nalang dagdag na baril at mamatay na lumalaban,mga walang bayag kayo takot  sa gyera,,,F U NEED PEACE PREPARE FOE WAR!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sandiego

    We can also use the funds to contribute to politicians that will implement policies that will better our country. We can become a very powerful bloc. It’s time for us to do all we can to help our country. We can dictate the changes we want to see.  

    • Harry

      Keep on dreaming, it always helped.

  • Pedring2

    Japan, thank you very much for the patrol boats!  Transfer your manufacturing plants (now in China) to the where the business climate is better – the Philippines.    

    • avmphil

      The slide had begun; quite a number of foreign owned manufacturing plants are closing shop in China. Sony is one casualty. But for the Chinese, everything is forever. Thirty years of high spending to reach the heavens is about to crumble and story of the ‘Tower of Babel’ is about to repeat in: China.

  • Fred

    Yes for the immediate hiring of 300 coast guard personnel and continue recruiting for the next batch.

  • Dag Erickson

    Other than deck guns, does these new coast guard patrol boats haver missiles too?

    • p00rd0y

      wa missile, wa afford….

      wala nga missile ang navy, pcg pa kaya….

  • Bright

    Good luck po sa inyo dyan sa Coast Guard!
    We will pray and hope for the best. 

  • rowelcasipong

    deck operation, navigation, gunnery and engineering. KAILANGAN DYAN YONG MAY
    BAYAG,ang kailangan dyan na mga aplicanti yong kalahi nila    Lapu-lapu,  Emilio aguinaldo, at iba pang bayani na namatay na ipagttanggol ang bayan na lumalaban hanggang kamatayan ,hindi yong gaya kay JOSE RIZAL ang pairalin ay deplomasya tulad nang mga anak mga corrupt na mga heneral dyan ,mga anak nang politians ang habol lang ay sahod nang coast guard,,ano yan coast guard means to guard the coast at any cost,handang pumatay o mamatay,,

  • Sandiego

    Let’s be pragmatic and have Japan help us develop our defense industry. The storm is coming let us prepare.

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