The Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN), Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, visited the two gas platforms Nido and Matinloc, located in Malampaya, Northwest of Palawan on Saturday, September 26.
Before the inspection, the navy chief visited the headquarters of Joint Task Force (JTF) Malampaya in El Nido, Palawan where he was accorded with a Foyer Honor upon his arrival and met all personnel assigned there. Naval Forces West commander, Commo. Renato David and 3rd Marine Brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Nestor Herico also joined the said activity.
Transported by naval helicopter AW109, the FOIC was accompanied by JTF Malampaya commander, Navy Captain Donn Anthony Miraflor, and Naval Staff for C4ISR, Capt. Marcos Imperio.
Vice Admiral Bacordo said “This inspection intends to look at the viability of these retired gas platforms to be converted to observation posts for Recto Bank and Malampaya gas platform. This will further enhance our capability to protect our maritime interests in these strategic locations.”
The Department of Energy (DOE) last year ceased the over 40 years of production operations of these two gas fields. The transfer of ownership of these platforms was offered by the DOE in several meetings of the National Task Force in the West Philippine Sea. It is the DNDs position to acquire said platforms and expeditiously transfer it to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The AFP plans to convert the two retired gas platforms into a PN Littoral Monitoring Stations (LMS). The platforms location is deemed to be strategic and vital due to its proximity to Recto Bank, Malampaya and Galoc Gas Fields. The Malampaya Gas Field is located 820 meters deep, 80 kms off the coast of Palawan which falls under the area of responsibility of Naval Forces West.
The future LMS of the Philippine Navy is a welcome addition to the Navys improving capabilities to better serve our maritime nation especially in its critical location near the nation’s source of natural gas. NAVY.MIL.PH