The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Western Visayas installed Friday its new district commander in a change of command ceremony held at PCG 6 headquarters in Lapuz district, Iloilo City.
Commodore Edgar Boado, new PCG 6 commander, vowed to implement the policies of the uniformed service and continue the projects and reforms of his predecessor.
He replaces Commodore Allan Victor dela Vega who will be assigned as commander of the PCG in the National Capital Region.
Boado was the commander of PCG Eastern Visayas before his assignment in Western Visayas.
“We will continue the priority projects started by the outgoing commander, and cooperate with the PCG’s recruitment of the 4,000 personnel before the end of the year,” Boado said.
Among the priority programs of the PCG in ensuring the safety of the public are through enhanced emergency response, curbing of illegal fishing, he said.
The emergency response equipment of the coast guard “is already in place” and there is still ongoing procurement of additional equipment like patrol boats and X-ray machines, he added.
“There is an ongoing procurement of search and rescue equipment, among others, on the national level and it will be distributed in the region,” he said.
When it comes to the campaign against illegal fishing, Boado said Western Visayas also “has enough floating assets, regularly conducted operations, and apprehended a number of illegal fishing activities.”
In his speech, Boado called for the support of the personnel and officers in his new assignment.
“I anticipate your significant contribution to the betterment of the coast guard. I expect you to perform beyond expectations,” he said.*PNA
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