PHL continuously developing detachments to strengthen position in West Philippine Sea

The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) has said that detachments are continuously being developed to strengthen the country’s position in West Philippine Sea.

“On Pag-asa, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) constructed a PHP 1.1 billion sheltered port and beaching ramp, while the PAF is overseeing the rehabilitation of the airstrip. These will greatly improve the transport of goods, people and services in and out of Pag-asa, and boost investments in fisheries and seasonal tourism,” the NTF-WPS said in a statement April 21.

It also noted that a telecommunications company has facilities to provide cellular services and data connection to residents of Pag-asa.

“Moreover, to further enhance the communication services, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is developing a facility to provide free Wi-Fi internet coverage over the whole island,” it added.

“To promote safety of navigation, the PCG has constructed five (5) light houses at the following features: Pag-asa, Patag (Flat) Island, Panata Island, Parola Island (Northeast Cay) and Likas (West York) Island. The PN has provided desalination and solar powered lighting facilities for these features in support of our law enforcers stationed at the detachments,” the NTF-WPS said.

The task force said for other medium-term developments, the government is presently undertaking an PHP 8.869 billion development program, consistent with the overall plan of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), for the environmental protection, security, safety and sustainable development in Kalayaan.