PHL’s newest vessel arrives in Boracay for patrols

Philippine Coast Guard’s newest Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) arrived in Boracay today to augment maritime security patrols and marine environmental protection proceedings for the six-month closure of the said island from tourist, the PCG said.

The vessel arrived with personnel from Coast Guard Special Operations Force (CGSOF), Marine Environmental Protection (MEPCOM), and Coast Guard Civil Relations Service (CRS).

“BRP Davao del Norte (Search and Rescue Vessel 3504), on the other hand, arrived last April 22, 2018 and has been conducting maritime security patrols in the vicinity waters of the Island,” PCG said.

PCG added that a speed boat, an aluminum boat, and a rubber boat together with the personnel from Coast Guard Station (CGS) Caticlan, Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay, and SOF Quick Response Teams, will also be participating the Inter-Agency Capability Demonstration on April 25 to showcase the combined forces’ readiness in responding to threats to include: protest, fire incident, attack on vital installation, bombing, kidnapping, and/or active shooting.

“The Science Technical Team from MEPCOM also coordinated with Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for the water quality monitoring,” PCG said. “The CRS team was also deployed in Boracay Island for the assessment of community-related activities, in particular with coral reef rehabilitation and psycho-social engagement with the help from the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA).”