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Coast Guard creates Southern Visayas team for security and Tubbataha protection

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THE PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) has created a team that will be designated under a new Southern Visayas District to prevent the spillover of terrorist and bandit activities in the area and help in marine protection, especially the neighboring Tubbataha Reefs. Captain Artemio M. Abu, designated commander of the new PCG team, said the official creation of the unit would mean getting a share of assets from the PCG national headquarters, including ships and radar facilities. Mr. Abu said they expect that the PCG will have a budget to set up a Hinoba-an facility next year for the unit, which is currently co-located with the Coast Guard-Bacolod Station. The PCG-Southern Visayas also covers areas of Negros and Siquijor. “We are all aware that Negros has a very rich tourism potential,” Mr. Abu said. — The Freeman

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