Philippine Coast Guard to hire additional 4,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to hire up to 4,000 to boost its patrols of the country's extensive coastline, its spokesperson said on Monday.

"We're just finalizing (the) requirements and... papers, and by the end of March we will announce (the) start (of) hiring," Lt. Cdr. Armando Balilo told CNN Philippines' The Source.

The announcement will be made through its Facebook page, Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas, and its official website.

The massive hiring drive by the PCG will be for officers and non-officers in diverse fields ranging from engineering to information communications technology (ICT).

This is the largest opening of applicants since the PCG was separated from the Philippine Navy in 1988.

"Almost every year (before) parang 500 (openings), hanggang pinakamalaki namin 900," said Balilo.

[Translation: Before, we had only 500 (openings) almost every year, with our largest at 900.]

PCG requirements outlined

Officers need to be graduates of maritime-related courses such as marine transportation, naval architecture, and naval or marine engineering among others.

The PCG is also recruiting biologists and graduates of science-related courses for the PCG's marine environmental protection program.

Applicants should have passed the board examinations of their respective professions, including doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, chemists, and biologists.

Civil, chemical, industrial, and electrical engineers, as well as graduates of accountancy and information communication technology, are needed.

"Of course on my end... I need journalists, mga kukunti lang-mga writers, yung public relations ng Coast Guard [just a few-writers for the public relations of the Coast Guard]," added Balilo.

Applicants for non-officer positions will need to have completed 72 units and a skill from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, such as welding or mechanics.

A bonus trait for applicants is swim skills.

"Kailangan magaling lumangoy," Balilo said. "Sabi ni (PCG Officer-in-Charge) Commodore (Joel) Garcia, dapat pag Coast Guard... pag nangangailangan ng tulong sa dagat, you'll be able to attend-so preferably, dapat medyo swimmer ka."

[Translation: (PCG Officer-in-Charge) Commodore Joel Garcia said, if you're in the Coast Guard... If there's help needed in the sea, you need to be able to attend -- so preferably, you should be a bit of a swimmer.]

However, he added that swim skills could be taught to new hires who did not know how to swim.

Applicants will also have to take the PCG Aptitude Battery Test.

"If you pass that they will ask you to undergo medical examination, and then of course you will undergo background checking," said Balilo.

The applicants will face a Board and begin their training.

The salary begins at ₱17,000 for non-officers in training, and ranges from ₱38,000 to ₱40,000 for officers-in-training.

Massive hiring to continue til 2018

The hiring drive for 2017 comes after approval from the Department of Budget and Management.

This, in order for the PCG can more effectively cover 36,000 kilometers of coastline and 822 coastal towns under its mandate.

Balilo added are looking to open 5,000 posts next year.

There are around 9,000 personnel in the PCG to date.