MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has received a patrol boat and an x-ray inspection machine from the Embassy of Japan.
A ceremony for the turnover of the 15-meter patrol boat and x-ray inspection machine was held at the PCG Headquarters on Monday at the Port Area in Manila.
PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Joel Garcia said the equipment will help further enhance the country’s maritime safety, security and law enforcement, as well as marine environmental protection and maritime search and rescue.
Garcia added the 15-meter patrol boat, which runs at 29 knots with up to 14-passenger capacity, is suitable for quick response operations and retrieval operations. It isalso capable to accosting alleged terrorists, intruders, and poachers within the Philippine territory.
The x-ray inspection machine, on the other hand, is a compact and battery-operated equipment suitable for inspection in high or narrow places. It is controlled using a remote with a distance of up to 20 meters and provides real-time inspection images.
According to Garcia, the donation is part of the Japanese government’s promise to President Rodrigo Duterte that they would help strengthen the country’s efforts against terrorism and piracy in its domain.
“Our strong cooperation with Japan aids our efforts in preventing terror attacks, specifically kidnap for ransom within Philippine waters which, not only enhances maritime security, but also increases the number of economic undertakings in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Masahiro Nakata of the embassy’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said that Japan is looking forward to boost its strategic relations with the Philippines on evolving challenges in the future, specifically in protecting its territorial waters and marine resources.
“Our commitment to the Philippines is far from over. Rest assured that we will further support the operations of the PCG by providing high-quality assets and by instilling the latest maritime know-hows to its technical personnel,” Nakata said.
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