Philippines, Japan sign agreement for patrol vessels to PCG

Philippines, Japan sign agreement for patrol vessels to PCG

UNDER the third phase of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the procurement of multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) will be made possible through a ¥64.38-B development assistance (ODA) loan.

The signing ceremony was represented by Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuya Endo.

Also, in attendance were officials from the Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In his statement, Ambassador Endo emphasized the crucial role of the PCG in protecting common interests and maintaining maritime order in the region. He also highlighted the importance of deepening cooperation between Japan and the Philippines for maritime security.

Japan’s support will not only fund the acquisition of patrol vessels but also cover the development of necessary support facilities for the PCG. This also further enhance the PCG’s capabilities in addressing transnational crimes at sea.

Meanwhile, Sec. Manalo stated that it deepens bilateral relations and enhances maritime safety capabilities, benefiting not only the Philippines but also the broader maritime community.

The PCG has previously acquired patrol vessels under Japan and the Philippines’ MSCIP Phase I and II which includes the two 97-meter patrol ships, BRP Melchora Aquino and BRP Teresa Magbanua that have really played vital roles in patrolling the West Philippine Sea and supporting Filipino troops stationed at Ayungin Shoal.

Japan remains the Philippines’ top bilateral ODA partner, offering support across various sectors including infrastructure, health, agriculture, education, and humanitarian assistance. This agreement further strengthens the longstanding partnership between the two countries.


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