Military ensures sustained operations in West Philippine Sea amid COVID-19

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The Philippine Navy’s Naval Forces West said that in spite of the current situation our country is facing with COVID-19, through the guidance of the higher headquarters, it has instituted measures to ensure its sustained operations in the West Philippine Sea prioritizing the protection of personnel while performing their roles.

Moreover, the naval unit awarded on April 2 the outgoing security personnel that manned the BRP Sierra Madre (LS57), Ayungin Shoal, Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), West Philippine Sea for almost 4 months.

The awarding was held at Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon, Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City.

“The award of the Military Merit Medal was given to the seven sailors headed by Lt. Charles Roger T Balquin, as a fitting tribute to their selfless service of effective deployment at LS57 while enforcing maritime laws and protecting Philippine sovereignty amidst the volatile condition in the disputed area,” Naval Forces West said.

“The low key affair was headed by no less than the Commmnder, Naval
Forces West Commodore Renato P David who personally pinned the medals assisted by Col Antonio G Mangoroban Jr, the Commander, Naval Task Force 42,” it added.