As part of a program by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to further enhance capabilities and improve border protection, the BOC on September 10, 2020 signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for the latter to provide support to the Bureau’s Patrol Boats.
The MOA signing was held at the PCG grounds and was attended by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero and PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. (in photo). Also present were Deputy Commissioner Donato B. San Juan of the Internal Administration Group and Deputy Commissioner Teddy Sandy S. Raval of the Enforcement Group.
The MOA stipulates that the PCG shall provide manpower to BOC for 20 Fast Boats that the latter shall purchase as part of the Bureau’s enhancement of its border security efforts. Other than providing vital personnel, the PCG also committed to provide training support to personnel tasked to man the patrol boats.
In his statement, Guerrero acknowledged the strong cooperation between the PCG and the Bureau. He thanked the PCG for their continuing support in bolstering Customs units tasked with border security.
The MOA between the BOC and the PCG together with the purchase of the 20 Fast Boats truly embodies the Bureau’s commitment to modernize its equipment and provide efficient customs service to every Filipino.
Jhun Mabanag / BENJAMIN CUARESMA