BRP Gabriela Silang ready to help OFWs in Middle East

BRP Gabriela Silang ready to help OFWs in Middle East

The biggest and the most modern floating asset of the Philippine Coast Guard which is on its way home from France,will already have its baptism of fire-its first ever mission in a foreign soil.
The missile attack of the United States of America in Iran has made all the Middle East a perpetual ground for World War 3, and in all of these worst case scenarios millions of civilians might be harmed as collateral damage to the escalating tensions.

As President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave the orders to make headway as to how the country can help evacuate and repatriate thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region.
BRP Gabriela Silang
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“Mahalaga para sa amin ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan na nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Makakaasa po kayo na nakatutok ang PCG sa mga nangyayari sa Middle East para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng ating mga makabagong bayani (The welfare of our OFWs is important to us. Be assured that the PCG is monitoring the situation in the Middle East)," PCG Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia said.
Currently docked at Malta Freeport, BRP Gabriela Silang and its 35 crew members are now preparing to sail to the Middle East, specifically to Oman or Dubai, to ensure the safety and security of OFWs through ferry missions.
In case of conflict, OFWs will be brought to safer ports where they may be airlifted, as the need arises.

BRP Gabriela Silang is the largest and most advanced aluminum hull OPV in the world to date, the PCG vessel can ferry approximately 500 people at one time.
As per PCG, the vessel has a range of 8,000 nautical miles at 15 knots and an endurance of up to five weeks of operation. It has an excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability on top of the great comfort it offers for people onboard.

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