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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Capitol to purchase
land for Coast Guard


The provincial government of Negros Occidental is now looking for a seafront property to be purchased in Hinobaan town, for the establishment of a Philippine Coast Guard Academy and station.

Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on Finance, said yesterday that there are three landowners in Hinobaan, who have signified their intention to sell their seafront properties.

The proposed establishment of a Coast Guard Academy and station in Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, came up during a meeting last year between Commodore Joel Garcia, Coast Guard officer-in-charge, and Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Escalante said Hinobaan appeared to be ideal for the Coast Guard Academy and station, as it fronts the Sulo Sea and Mindanao, with a deep sea and natural harbor.

On motion of Escalante, the SP yesterday granted Marañon authority to negotiate for the purchase of the sea front property in Hinobaan. Escalante also called on other interested parties to submit their proposals and letter intent to sell their properties, for review by the Pricing Committee of the provincial government.

Garcia told Gov. Marañon that the putting up of its base at the southern end of Negros Occidental also forms part of their proactive measure in securing the Visayan Sea from any threats.

The Coast Guard District Southern Visayas was activated in November last year, with Capt. Artemio Abu, a Negrense, designated as commander.

Escalante said that the provincial government has allocated funds for the purpose, that is expected to be taken from the P80 million aid to local government units.*GPB


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