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Government builds three more lighthouses in Palawan.

Three more lighthouses are being constructed in Palawan to provide much-needed aid to navigation of boats and vessels that would ensure its safe sea travel, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) official said on Tuesday.

Commodore George Ursabia, district commander of PCG in Palawan, said the construction of additional lighthouses will augment the existing 35 lighthouses in the area.

"It is expected to be done within the year," he said.

The PCG, the lead agency in charge of the lighthouse station, is in the thick of building new lighthouses amid the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

But Ursabia dismissed suggestions that it is related to the country's claim to the disputed territory since the project has been in the "pipeline" of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

"We just consider Palawan area, especially in western side, there is a lot of hazards to navigation--shallow areas and sand bars--so it should be properly marked," Ursabia said.

As of last year, lighthouses across the country total 562, but only 365 are operational, while the rest doesn't work because its equipment and lighting system are damaged and need replacements.

Ursabia highlighted the significance of lighthouses, not only in Palawan, but in other strategic areas in order to "minimize or prevent accidents."

"All the lighthouses are our priority since these are aids to navigation," he said.

The fishing boats and other small sea crafts would be the primary beneficiaries of these lighthouses especially at night.


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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jun 2, 2015
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