Japan supporting PHL to acquire large patrol vessels

Japanese government’s Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has turned over to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) the final report on the design review of new 94-meter patrol vessel. “JICA has been supporting the PCG for the past decades and we’re looking forward to the completion of this assistance to ramp up design of the patrol vessels the PCG can use for maritime law enforcement and security,” JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.

This will be used for the bidding of 2 new heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) to be acquired under Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Phase II.

Under the Phase 1 of MSCIP for PCG, 10 44-meter patrol vessels are being acquired from Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). Six are already in active PCG service.

Both Phase 1 and 2 are being funded through official development assistance (ODA) from JICA.

MSCIP for PCG Phase 2 is among the first projects approved by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) under the Duterte administration in September 2016.

“Each vessel, as claimed by PCG, will enable them to recover as much as 500 passengers in the event of a maritime disaster, as well as provide the country with wider maritime coverage for strategic and national security purposes,” NEDA said.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing and exchanging of note for MSCIP for PCG Phase 2 ODA loan in October 2016.

Sources: http://manila-shimbun.ph/top/jica-backs-pcg-in-ramping-up-design-of-94-meter-patrol-vessel-fleet.html; http://www.neda.gov.ph/2016/09/15/neda-board-approves-nine-projects-in-first-meeting-changes-in-the-investment-coordination-committee-icc-review-policies-also-green-lighted/; http://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press4e_001323.html