First Phase of Joint PCG-PPA K9 Academy Completed in 2023 – Manila Bulletin
Construction of the first phase of the joint Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) K9 Academy in Mabalacat City, Pampanga is nearing completion.
Coast Guard K9 Force Commander Commodore Allen Dalangin inspected the ongoing construction of the joint PCG-PPA K9 Academy on Monday, September 19.
Construction of the first phase of the facility will be completed in 2023, according to the Coast Guard K9 Force.
The PCG-PPA K9 Academy is being built on a 10-hectare site in Brgy. Dolores in the Mabalacat town of Pampanga.
“Once operational, the PCG-PPA K9 Academy will serve as the nation’s comprehensive and advanced training center for all Coast Guard working dogs and their handlers,” the PCG said in a statement Tuesday, September 20.
The academy intends to produce highly effective K9 units for search and rescue (SAR), threat detection and fugitive apprehension.
It will also house future K9 units that the PPA will recruit and integrate into the state corporation. By doing so, the PPA is expected to save 30 million pesos from its annual budget by hiring private working dogs and dog handlers to maintain port security.
The inauguration of the K9 Academy took place on August 25, 2021. It has an initial budget allocation of 100 million pula given by the PPA.
Upon completion, the K9 Academy is expected to be equipped with a livestock facility and veterinary clinic, a live explosives training site, an indoor training area, a conference for K9 handlers and accommodation spaces for instructors, staff and in-house trainees.
The PCG and PP joint venture aims to increase the number of Department of Transportation Active Working Dogs (DOTr) to at least 1,000 units for tactical deployment at all marine, road, rail and air transportation facilities nationwide.
There were 480 working dogs and 514 handlers active under Coast Guard K9 Force supervision as of September 20.
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