AFP builds helipad, shelter in northernmost PH island

AFP builds helipad, shelter in northernmost PH island

The Armed Forces of the Philippines- Norther Command (AFP- NOLCOM) have just completed construction of a fishermen’s shelter on Mavulis Island, the uninhabited and northernmost island of the country.
Also known as Y’Ami island, Mavulis is considered strategic, being the country’s northernmost frontier facing Taiwan and overlooking the busy Bashi Channel.
“We have built a helipad there,” Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal said.

NOLCOM along with fishermen have constructed a shelter and a helipad on Mavulis island (Nolcom photo)

The single single-story structure will serve as fisherman’s shelter had additional features to serve as soldier’s station in the island.

The shelter will primarily will cater for the fishermen from Itbayat, Mavulis is 38 kilometers from Itbayat.
Itbayat fishermen would avoid Mavulis because of the presence of foreign poachers.
Soldiers from the Northern Luzon Command under Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat started the construction of the shelter with the help of several volunteers and fishermen.
“Turning this project into a reality is not easy, particularly in dealing with natural obstacles, from the coordination and the ship-to-shore unloading of materials,” Salamat said.
“But through the commitment and dedication of our troops together with our stakeholders, we would be able to establish this facility for our local fishermen,” he said.
The construction started in 2018. Soldiers and other volunteers found it difficult to complete the task of building the shelter due to inclement weather and the island’s remoteness.
The facility can accommodate 16 people, with a dining area, kitchen, living room and comfort room. The shelter would be ready for occupancy next month.
A solar power facility would be set up for the entire island and a desalination plant for potable water.
“It will also have some appliances and other amenities that will depend on the provision of our stakeholders,” Navy Lt. Junior Grade Jec Palomado said.
The Philippine Coast Guard already installed a solar panel power lighthouse in the island to help guide the fishermen.
Nolcom started its maritime awareness of the area in 2016, in 2016 they hoisted a Philippine flag on Mavulis island to proclaim is sovereignty.

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