UPDATED: Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessels Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Cape San Agustin (MRRV-4408) and BRP (MRRV-4409) Cabra were officially commissioned to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) service today.
Parola-class vessels are 44-meter ships ordered from Japan Marine United through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for PCG Phase 1. MSCIP for PCG Phase 1 was funded through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA) loan.
Moreover, 7-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) were turned-over by the Japan government to PCG today. These RHIBs are part of the 13 7-meter RHIBs pledged by the Japanese government.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, and PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino were present during the ceremony.
“MRRVs will be the primary rescue vessels within the PCG district’s area of responsibility when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area,” DOTr said.
The Japanese-made vessels will also provide assistance in the control of oil pollution and the protection of the marine environment, enforce all applicable maritime laws within the designated area of responsibility particularly relating to illegal fidhing and sea patrol, serve as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area; and transport personnel and logistical support.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/videos/1073016646170804/; http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000512.html