TACLOBAN CITY – A regional training center of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) located in Dolores, Eastern Samar officially opened on December 12.

The Philippine Coast Guard opened on December 12,2023 its regional training center in Dolores, Eastern Samar. At present, there are over 200 trainees coming from different parts of the country undergoing training at the said facility. (PHOTO COURTESY)

The occasion was attended by top PCG officials led by Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Education, Training, and Doctrine Command, Coast Guard Commodore Ramon Lopez and District Commander of Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas, Coast Guard Commodore Romeo Pulido Jr, along with Dolores Mayor Rodrigo Rivera and Elda Libanan, representing 4Ps party-list Representative and Minority leader Marcelino Libanan.

Mayor Rivera, in his message, expressed his gratitude to the PCG top officials for granting the establishment of a training facility in his town.

“Ang pagbubukas ng PCG training center sa aking bayan ay isang patunay na sa sama-samang pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa ay may kakayahan tayong baguhin at pagbutihin ang ating kumunidad sa pamamagitan ng pasilidad na ito,” he said, adding that the facility will not only provide knowledge in how to protect the marine environment but will also open opportunity to people.

The 302 trainees would undergo six months of strict and demanding activities, during which they will learn safety procedures and transitioning them from civilian to a military personalities bearing in mind the Coast Guard practices, procedures, cultures, and regulations.

The establishment of a Coast Guard training facility in Dolores started in 2021 when then PCG Eastern Samar Coast Guard Commander Johansan Fabilane visited Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone and informed him about the plan.(ROEL T. AMAZONA