BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhuanet) -- A Philippine news station says the country's Coast Guard will hire 500 more personnel for new patrol ships and rubber boats. It aims to keep up with the growing demands of maritime missions, including search and rescue operations.
There are currently less than 6-thousand officers and personnel, which is insufficient to cover the more than 7,000 islands in the country.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Foreign Secretary disclosed that Japan is likely to provide the Coast Guard with 12 patrol ships. Both sides have agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation on maritime security.
The Coast Guard ships maintained the country’s presence in the waters near Huangyan island in the South China Sea from April to June 15th.
The move was amid the standoff between the Philippines and China over the disputed waters.