The Philippine Rise Anniversary was celebrated on May 16, 2019 on board BRP Davao del Sur (LD602) at Casiguran Bay, Aurora by the Area Task Force – North (ATF-North), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) together with officials of the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) and local government officials of Aurora province.
The celebration commemorates the 2nd Anniversary of the renaming of Benham Rise to Philippine Rise last May 16, 2017, and the 6th year after the Philippine Rise was awarded to the country and it was granted the sovereign rights by the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the United Nations over the said maritime area last April 2012.
A simple flag raising ceremony was held onboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) followed by the send-off ceremony of contingents to Philippine Navy, Coast Guard and BFAR to conduct Maritime Patrol (MARPAT) in Philippine Rise area.
LTGEN EMMANUEL B SALAMAT, Commander NOLCOM, the head of ATF-North, an inter-agency coordinating body under the National Task Force – West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) stood strong in leading, protecting and asserting our sovereign rights over this maritime area as well as in sustaining the protection and preservation of marine resources in this area.
A Joint Inter-agency Task Force was formed to ensure whole of nation effort is achieved and provide venue for effective collaboration and cooperation among maritime agencies in government including other law enforcement agencies like the Coast Guard and BFAR.
The NOLCOM also hosts a Maritime Forum with the Fisher folks of Casiguran, Aurora to tackle Maritime Safety, Pertinent Laws/Current Programs & Initiatives for Fishing and Shoreline Communities.
NOLCOM will continue to fulfill its mandate as an active partner of different stakeholders to enhance maritime security, maritime domain awareness and secure our sovereign territory so our fellow Filipinos, particularly the fishing communities, could enjoy our abundant marine resources in this part of the country. NOLCOM