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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to establish its CENTER FOR RECRUITMENT IN THE CARAGA REGION at the Butuan City's Government Center situated at Barangay Tiniwisan, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

According to PCG District North Eastern Mindanao Commander, Commodore Luisito Sibayan, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada has permitted the PCG to occupy 70% of the Government Center's second floor that will significantly help in boosting the Coast Guard's presence and delivery of public service in the region.

"It will serve as the center for Coast Guard recruitment in the Caraga region as it is strategically located in the Capital City of Region XIII. Having our regional office in the area will also allow us to intensify the mobilization of our assets, specifically in responding to maritime incidents and natural calamities," Commodore Sibayan shared.

"We will also be able to improve our monitoring of seagoing vessels to uphold maritime security and maritime safety as the center is located near major seaports, such as the Masao International Port, the Nasipit Port, and the Butuan Port," the PCG District North Eastern Mindanao Commander furthered.

On 26 April 2021, Commodore Sibayan inspected the PCG's area at the Butuan City's Government Center to identify necessary renovation and repair. This is to ensure that the regional office will be safe and available for utilization in time for the resumption of the nationwide recruitment this year.*

*As of 01 May 2021, the resumption of nationwide recruitment has yet to be finalized, pending approval of budget for additional personnel from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).