The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is constructing a P30-million radar station in Boracay Island to boost security coverage in the world-famous destination.
The PCG said the radar station in Mount Luho, Barangay Balabag will be critical in monitoring vessel movements and in preventing the possible entry of terrorists in the island and its vicinity.
It added that the radar station is expected to be operational by June 2019.
The groundbreaking for the radar station was held last week. This was attended by acting Malay town Mayor Abram Sualog, Transportation Assistant Secretary Manuel Gonzales and PCG Deputy Commandant for Operations Rear Admiral Rolando Legaspi.
The PCG said 20 other radar stations will be constructed in Palawan and critical areas across Mindanao especially in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Zambasulta), as well as in other popular tourist spots in the region.
The radar stations in Mindanao would be funded by the local government and the government of Japan.
In a related development, the PCG has trained about 215 lifeguards who can now be deployed to safeguard tourists in Boracay Island. The Basic Life Saving (BLS) course for male and female lifeguards started in August in preparation for the island’s reopening last Oct. 26 following its rehabilitation.
The PCG’s goal is to have qualified lifeguards in all beachfront resorts and hotels with swimming pools in the island, and water sports establishments.
The lifeguards are tasked to maintain and set safe swimming areas, and to monitor rip currents and tides.
On October 26, the PCG reminded the lifeguards of their role as first responders in emergencies at the beaches of Boracay, during the BLS course graduation at White House Resort in Station 1.
“We take this opportunity to train local residents to become lifeguards, and to improve their skills in saving lives,” Legaspi said.
Boracay Island reopened to tourists on October 26 amid ongoing massive rehabilitation efforts of government agencies and the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force.
The island attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. It was closed to tourists on April 26 to ensure sustainable tourism.#