An official of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) said there is a need to secure and build a facility in the uninhabited Mavulis Island in Itbayat, Batanes.
In an interview on Thursday, NOLCOM spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato said the construction of the proposed facility will begin next month. The facility aims to boost maritime security and law enforcement in the area.
Aside from enhancing information gathering in the northern maritime area, the facility will also serve as fishermen’s shelter once it is completed.
“The structure will serve as a multi-purpose shelter for locals fishing in the vicinity double up as shelter for NOLCOM troops visiting the island to guard our maritime domain in that isolated area during poaching season. Also, amenities will be provided to cater the needs of the recipients considering the proximity of the place to the nearest island town,” Nato said.
Nolcom is conducting regular patrols and troop visit in Mavulis to ensure that no poachers or intruders are entering the country’s maritime domain.
Navy and Marine units are also checking if the Philippine flag, raised there last year, is dilapidated and in need of replacement, Nato added. PNA