The National Coast Watch System Regional Coordinating Center Central (OP-NCWS-RCC Central), a maritime coordinating center under the Office of the President, launched an inter-agency coordinated maritime patrol in Visayas through the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The activity involved law enforcement units, naval ships and specialized units from Coast Guard District Central Visayas (PCG), Philippine Navy Task Group 50.1 under the AFP Central Command (PN-AFP), the PCG-manned Monitoring Control and Surveillance vessel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR7) and the Philippine National Police (PNP PRO7).
Commodore Ronie Gil Gavan, Commander of Coast Guard District Central Visayas said that the activity was organized to enhance interoperability among the participating units and to provide the right action for every situation at key tourist destinations in Visayas.
He added that concept recognizes that said armed services while under different departments worked complementarily which can give more reliable and credible service to the Filipino people.
OP-NCWS RCC Central maritime surveillance and coordination center is co-located with the Headquarters Coast Guard District Central Visayas in Cebu with the PCG District Commander Commodore Ronnie Gil Gavan serving as its Director. It operates radar stations in several parts of the Visayas and Northern Mindanao at PCG or PN installations. PCG