This was disclosed by PCG spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo during the sidelights of Monday's Pagasa Island visit.
He added that basic requirement of the aircraft is the capability to land on the flight decks of the PCG's EDSA or Tenix class cutters.
Balilo said the instructions from the Department of Transportation and Communications, the parent agency of the PCG, is to expedite the acquisition of the helicopters.
The PCG currently operatives four helicopters in its air group. Each measures 56 meters and has a top speed of 25 knots.
The Philippine Coast Guard Air Group MBB BO 105 SAR Helicopter.