Personnel from the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) will be posted to the Municipality of Kalayaan, the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) said April 28.
It added that PNP-MG will also be assigned as shipriders aboard Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Navy (PN), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) vessels.
The NTF-WPS said that currently BFAR, PCG, and PNP-MG are “closely coordinating in the continuous regular deployment of vessels in the country’s maritime domain for law enforcement, monitoring, ensuring the safety of the Filipino fishermen, and protecting the environment.”
“Currently, the BFAR has deployed its Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) vessels and Multi-Mission Offshore Vessels (MMOV) to the Municipality of Kalayaan. Strengthening regulations against illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF), protection of the marine environment and enhancing the well-being of Filipinos dependent on this critical resource remain to be the priority of the Government. These vessels are collaborating with ships and aircraft of the PCG patrolling the area,” NTF-WPS said.
“The PNP-MG has also dedicated its High-Speed Tactical Watercraft, Police Gun Boats, and Police Fast Boats ready to be deployed in law enforcement patrols,” it added. “The Area Task Forces (ATF) have likewise dedicated naval vessels and military aircraft to conduct sovereignty patrols on rotational basis over the Municipality of Kalayaan, Bajo de Masinloc (BdM) and the rest of the western seaboard.”