The Japanese Embassy in Manila on Monday turned over the P500-million (1.2 billion yen) facilities developed under the Project for Enhancement of Communications Systems during simple rites at the headquarters of Philippine Coast Guard District Central Visayas in Cebu.
Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Hiroto Izumi attended the ceremonies.
In his speech, Tugade thanked the Japanese government for its assistance to the Philippines, saying the project will enhance PCG’s capabilities for law enforcement, prevention of accident and quick rescue operation at sea, and contribute to the overall improvement of maritime safety in the country.
Japan financed the installation of the Satellite Communication System connecting the headquarters of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), its district offices and its vessels.
It also provided a grant for the establishment of the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in Cebu’s Mactan Channel where many ships pass through to support safe navigation and detect suspicious ships.
He said the project was expected to reinforce the strategic partnership between the two countries further and contribute to the sustainable development of the Philippines.#