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JICA to sign another agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard to fortify Maritime Safety

Manila, Philippines - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will sign the Record of Discussions (R/D) on the technical cooperation project entitled “Philippine Coast Guard Education and Human Resource Management System Development” on 9 November 2007, 2:00 PM at the PCG Headquarters, Port Area, Manila. The R/D outlines JICA and the Philippine Coast Guards’ agreement for the five-year implementation of the said project. JICA Resident Representative Mr. Norio Matsuda and PCG Vice Commandant Commodore Ramon C. Liwag are the principal signatories of the R/D.

The anticipated cooperation will strengthen the capacity of the PCG in maritime law enforcement through the establishment of a permanent faculty system, the development and strengthening of training programs in Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) and the upgrading of the training courses in Ship Operations. These activities are specifically designed to make PCG more responsive to threats to the integrity of marine life and maritime industry which are both the major economic fuels of an archipelagic country like the Philippines.

To complete the transfer of technology and skills, JICA will likewise dispatch four long-term Japanese Experts and will provide necessary equipment such as a high-speed rubber boat, boarding and onboard search equipment, database server and software, PC terminals, charts and training materials. For the part of the PCG, the agency shall designate counterpart personnel and will appropriate the necessary annual budget to cover the project duration.

The new technical cooperation project succeeds another 5-year initiative entitled Philippine Coast Guard Human Resource Development which was concluded early this year.

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