The Philippine Navy (PN) continues to beef up security measures in support to the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The PN together with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) activated the Task Group Laban Covid-19 (Water Cluster) composed of their personnel and sea assets to conduct Maritime Patrol (MARPAT) off the waters in Manila. The command post, under the supervision of Naval Task Group– National Capital Region (NTG-NCR), aims to intercept and deny entry and exit of commercial passenger watercraft to and from the vicinity of Manila Bay. This is in accordance to the guideline of Enhanced Community Quarantine suspending all sea travels in and out of Luzon unless falling under the special exemption.
PN’s 2nd Patrol Boat Division, comprised of four (4) patrol boats and its personnel, were deployed to complement vessels from the PCG in executing seaborne security measures. Also, two (2) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) with personnel from the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) stand ready for deployment in Sangley Point, Cavite City.
The MARPAT efforts of the PN and PCG complement all land quarantine assistance stations (QAS) or checkpoints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies in accordance to the Luzon quarantine guidelines. This to ensure that people from outside NCR do not enter NCR by sea and vice versa, preventing people coming in or going out thereby risking the spread of the virus.
Navy Captain Lemuel Espartinez, the designated Commander of Naval Task Group – NCR stated that “what we are doing right now is not for any reason but for the safety of all Filipinos against this pandemic virus. We pray that this COVID-19 be eliminated in our country as soon as possible through our efforts in coordination with other government agencies. This is everybodys concern, lets urge our love ones, relatives and friends to help us by staying at home and follow governments advice.”
The Sailors and Marines of your Philippine Navy along with other branches of the AFP, the PNP and the health workers are working together in the frontlines to serve the Filipino people and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. NAVY.MIL.PH