MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang approved the purchase of additional planes and ships to the Philippine Coast Guard in the West Philippine sea.
The purchase is for additional areas around the Philippines but are meant to secure the regions in the South China Sea.
“The arrival of additional assets, which pale in comparison to the size and numbers of the Chinese Coast Guard, will take several years to complete. So it is not meant to match up with them but rather to measure up to the PCG’s mandated tasks under Republic Act No. 9993,” the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma on Monday said.
Coloma made the statement in an email to the Philippine Daily Inquirer – he also added in the same statement that “additional operational assets” of the Department of Transportation and Communications-attached agency would “address maritime safety, search-and-rescue and environmental protection concerns not only for the West Philippine Sea but for the whole country.”
He added that the PCG will “operate within the bounds of international laws that the country has acceded to.”
A ‘soft loan’ from the Japan International Cooperation Agency was secured by President Aquino to the tune of $184-million dollars to purchase the noted equipment.