Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Filemon T. Santos Jr., on July 9, traveled to Mavulis Island in the Province of Batanes, the northernmost island of the country, for an official visit to the naval detachment in the island.
“The official visit of General Santos coincided with the groundbreaking activity for the Desalination Plant System Project in the island which the Chief of Staff, AFP graciously led. The desalination project at Mavulis Island is an initiative of General Santos,” Naval Forces Northern Luzon said.
Naval Forces Northern Luzon said that the establishment of the naval detachment in Mavulis Island is considered to be a highly significant strategic initiative of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“It strengthens the Philippines’ ownership over the island and clearly asserts its sovereign rights over its national territories. The detachment also functions to assist and protect local fishermen who fish in the area. The location also provides a strategic littoral monitoring platform for all vessels transiting our northern boundaries,” Naval Forces Northern Luzon explained.
The AFP chief vowed that he will endeavor to provide the troops with more recreational facilities in the island, ordered the study for the construction of a cellular communication system to improve access to communication, and to explore the possibility of granting Hazardous Duty Pay to all assigned troops in the Mavulis detachment.