The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM), under Lieutenant General Emmanuel B. Salamat, handed over the Fishermen’s Shelter and Fish Dryers to the Local Government of Batanes on May 27 in Mavulis Island, Batanes.
Mavulis Island is the northernmost island of the Philippines. The ceremony was attended by National Defense Undersecretary Ricardo A. David Jr. as guest of honor and speaker.
On March 23, 2018, NOLCOM spearheaded the said project with objectives to optimize Philippines’ maritime entitlements within the country’s sovereign territory and promote safety of life at sea in the northernmost areas of the country.
The project was closely coordination with the Local Government Unit of Batanes and other stakeholders
During the handing over ceremony Lieutenant General Salamat highlighted NOLCOM’s intent to support the fishermen of Batanes through the construction of a shelter for their livelihood fishing ventures while at the same time, promoting safety of life at sea (SOLAS).
“Aside from the fishermen’s shelter, fish dryers were also constructed to support the same objective. All these projects will be properly turned over to the Batanes LGU for administration, upkeep and maintenance to ensure their sustainability for continuous utilization for the benefit of the Filipino fisher folks plying that area,” NOLCOM said.
“This fishermen’s shelter otherwise known as Mavulis Project is a gesture of shared resources from various stakeholders. This is AFP’s gesture of support to the Filipino fishermen and manifest our commitment in protecting our sovereignty and asserting our ownership in this territory,”
Usec David said.
“I would like to recognize and extend our heartfelt thanks to the local government and community of Batanes as well as our partners and other stakeholders for their significant contribution in making this project a reality that would greatly benefit our fishermen as well as provide maritime protection for our internal waters. I know it was a difficult task to execute but with the collaborative efforts of everyone, we were able to achieve another significant milestone for our country and the Filipino people,” Lieutenant General Salamat said.
NOLCOM said it will continuously focus its efforts to further enhance interoperability and inter-agency cooperation and stay true to its mandate of safeguarding the interests of our nation and its people may they be on land, air or maritime areas.
“In so doing, our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the northern frontier will always be protected and maintained,” NOLCOM noted.