DOTC will acquire 7 helicopters for PCG to help in rescue mission

DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas
Secretary assures right procurement process adopted to prevent purchase of substandard aircrafts
In line with the Department of Transportation and Communications’ directive to enhance Philippine Coast Guard’s security operations, Secretary Mar Roxas today said brand new helicopters will be acquired to help the Coast Guard effectively perform their new mandate.
“We are in the process of acquiring seven helicopters for the PCG para matulungan sila na gawin ang kanilang mission na i-rescue ang mga survivors sa dagat at baha na dulot ng bagyo,” Roxas said. “Ang kaligtasan ng taong bayan ang gusto naming siguruhin, kaya nagmandato kami sa ating Coast Guard na i-modify ang kanilang mission.”
Roxas, in a command briefing over the weekend, directed the Coast Guard to improve its current coastal security operations due to changing weather conditions.
“Bukod sa siguruhin ang kaligtasan sa paglalayag ng mga barko, inatasan nating ang PCG na maging handa sa pag-evacuate ng mga taong na-stranded dahil sa inland flooding,” Roxas added.
Two of the seven helicopters slated for acquisition will be procured this year, while the rest will be purchased next year.  Total cost of the helicopters will reach P2.8 billion.
Roxas said the government is seeking World Bank’s aid to procure the helicopters and  ensure that only the right ones are purchased.
“Dadaan sa tamang proseso ang pagbili ng mga helicopter para siguraduhin hindi basta-basta or second-hand ang ipo-procure natin. Ang configuration ng mga aircraft na ito ay ayon sa pangangailangan ng PCG sa pagliligtas sa mga flood survivors at iba pang aksidente sa dagat [We can assure that the right procurement process of these helicopters will be followed to prevent second-hand aircrafts are purchased. This is to ensure we meet the configurations required by PCG in their rescue mission],” Roxas said.