The United States military has provided the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) and Inshore Boat Battalion with new sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
According to US Embassy in Manila the 525 sets of ballistic vests, lightweight ballistic plates, tactical ballistic helmets, and accessories were provided through the Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program and are valued at PHP178 million ($3.4 million).
The new equipment were delivered at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, on May 31.
“The equipment will provide increased protection for personnel conducting counterterrorism operations, as well as operations against transnational threats, specifically in the southern Philippines,” the US Embassy in Manila said.
“The recent force protection equipment delivery will fill critical equipment gaps for Marine Operators within MARSOG, a key Counterterrorism and Special Operations unit within the Philippine Marine Corps,” it added.