LESS than 24 hours after his first peace council meeting and braving rough seas that even cancelled some ship trips, Gov. Arthur Yap this morning led the groundbreaking for a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) radar station on Balicsag island.

Balicasag still belongs to the island municipality of Panglao, Bohol’s prime tourist island known the world over.

Yap committed full support to the PCG and is serious in turning Balicasag into a strategic point of maritime security command.

Together with the governor in the grounbreaking were Commodore Jose William Isaga, commander of PCG Weapons, Communications, Electronics and Information System Service; Commodore Ronnie Gil Galvan, commander of Coast Guard District – Central Visayas; Fr. (LtSg) Bobby Beda Mangonon, CHS chaplain, Phil Coast Guard District – Central Visayas; and Lt. Patrick John Cabasag, commander of PCG-Bohol.

Panglao Councilor Aya Montero, daughter of Mayor Nila Montero, also joined in the grounbreaking.

Meanwhile, the governor cited the importance of a coastal area in Talibon in Bohol’s northwest side which will become a Visayas coast guard training ground.

“We are confident and we ask for your support as well that together we can bring excellence and training to Bohol”, Yap told the coast guards.

The radar station in Balicasag will enhance maritime domain awareness, establish command and control, and enhance response capability in maritime security and safety of life and property at sea.

It is one of the 20 radar stations which will be established in the Visayas.

“I hope that my presence will show how serious our intent is to be partners,” Yap said as he also he made salute, in both word and gesture, to the men and women of the PCG.