The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expected to receive its 7th and 8th Japan-made Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) by next month. This was among the topics discussed during the 4th Philippines-Japan High Level Meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation and Infrastructure Development on February 12 in Cebu.
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.
This project will supply 10 44-meter vessels to PCG to strengthen its coast watch/patrol and search and rescue capabilities. 6 Parola-class MRRVs are already in active service.
Morever, Phase 2 of MSCIP for PCG is already in the pipeline. This project, to be funded with JICA ODA, will acquire 2 heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter MRRVs for PCG.
“Each vessel (94-meter MRRV), as claimed by PCG, will enable them to recover as much as 500 passengers in the event of a maritime disaster, as well as provide the country with wider maritime coverage for strategic and national security purposes,” National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1046449505494185; https://www.jica.go.jp/english/news/press/2013/131216_01.html; https://www.jica.go.jp/english/news/press/2016/161026_01.html; http://www.neda.gov.ph/2016/09/15/neda-board-approves-nine-projects-in-first-meeting-changes-in-the-investment-coordination-committee-icc-review-policies-also-green-lighted/