BIMP-EAGA donates P750,000 worth of equipment to CDO-CIQS agencies
by Rutchie Cabahaug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (11 February) -- The Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCO) has turned-over some P750,000 worth of equipment to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Security (CIQS) agencies of Cagayan de Oro.
These equipment include the CCTV cameras for use at the CDO seaport given to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and radar communication support for the Mindanao Terminal Container Port (MTCP) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and one (1) unit of digital audio recorder and one (1) set of laptop computer to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), region 10.
Others were four (4) units each of fire extinguisher-dry chemicals, first aid kits with cabinet and medical supplies, two (2) units of fire hose cabinets and one (1) unit of fire hydrant to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Donated by the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Support to CIQS (BEST on CIQS) Project, the equipment aims to improve and enhance the security measures of these CDO-CIQS agencies, Undersecretary Virgilio L. Leyretana, Sr. & MEDCO Chairperson, said.
He said the project is funded by the Australian government through the Australian Agency for International Aid (AusAID) to improve and enhance the security measures within the Philippines-EAGA ports and to allow freer movement of resources, to include investors and products across Southern Philippines and EAGA borders.
To achieve these ends, BEST on CIQS directed its efforts to contribute in the improvement of the delivery of CIQS services by local CIQS agencies operating in major areas and ports having direct or indirect participation in the BIMP-EAGA initiative, the MEDCO Chairperson said.
The project covers major points of entry, like airports, seaports and fish ports, in six (6) priority areas of Mindanao and Palawan: Davao City, Gen. Santos City, Cotabato City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City and Puerto Princesa City.
Leyretana said through AusAID, MEDCO and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the project was able to commit around P3.75 million equipment-support to all these priority ports to complement the learning gained by CIQS agencies from various CIQS trainings. (PIA 10) [top]