The proposed construction of navy detachment in Fuga Island in Cagayan has been approved after the Philippine Navy and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on November 13.
The memorandum was signed by CEZA Administrator and CEO Sec. Raul Lambino and Flag Officer In Command, PN, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad.
“The Philippine Navy is very thankful to Sec. Lambino and his team for agreeing to expand the previous memorandum of agreement, and effectively accommodating more possibilities for the navy to enhance its capability in safeguarding our northern frontier and at the same time contribute to the socio-economic development in Northern Luzon,” Empedrad said.
In a statement, the Philippine Navy said the navy detachment will be built in the CEZA-managed zone which includes the entire municipality of Sta. Ana and the islands of Fuga, Barit and Mabbag in the Municipality of Aparri, Province of Cagayan.
Lambino said the PN-CEZA partnership can effectively protect and secure the Philippine sovereignty.
“The geographical configuration of our country requires an active Philippine Navy. As a Filipino and as an Ilocano together with Vice Admiral [Empedrad] we are going to make Northern Luzon an area where the Philippine Navy can be most effective in protecting our country and our people,” he said.—AAC
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