MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is planning to hire 300 more personnel to man 10 new ships arriving from Japan next year, an official said.
PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said the agency's acquisition of new vessels necessitates the recruitment of new personnel who have maritime and technical background.
"(Commandant) Rear Admiral (Rodolfo) Isorena said in preparation for the incoming ships, we should prepare the right people or the crew and asset management team or those who would be in charge of the vessels' maintenance," he said.
"We need the proper maintenance to ensure that the ship would be in tip-top shape and would last longer," Balilo added.
The PCG is set to acquire 10 units of 40-meter multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) from Japan starting 2014 to enhance its capabilities to ensure maritime security and conduct search and rescue missions.
Since every ship needs between 25 to 30 crewmen, the arrival of the new ships could open the floodgates for job openings at the PCG.
This means that the maritime agency needs to hire at least 300 personnel to man the Japanese-made ships within a year.
"We need to recruit people with maritime-related courses such as marine engineers and marine navigation course. But we would also be needing technical experts such as those who are mechanic, welders and electrical," said Balilo.
The PCG is requiring applicants for non-officers positions to have completed 72 units while those seeking to apply for officer positions must be graduates of maritime courses or even non-maritime related courses.
When hired, they would be assigned for deck operation, navigation, gunnery, and engineering, Balilo said.
Those who would be selected as the crew of the 10 new ships would be subjected to a one-year training on board the ships.