National Security Adviser: PH needs satellites

National Security Adviser: PH needs satellites




The Philippines with its vast maritime territory would need not only maritime vessels but new technology as well.
This was the comment of National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said when asked about the return of the Chinese fleet in the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

NSA head was quoted saying “very hard” to protect the country’s maritime authority in the area with respect to the Chinese clam harvesting fleets in the WPS.
Satellite photo of the dredging in the Mischief reef by the Chinese
(photo credit to owner)

"Diplomatic actions could be taken, some military solutions could be taken sa range ng options natin na pwede nating gamitin but it's pretty much on diplomatic action," he said
With the resources the Philippines have, protecting and enforcing our laws in the WPS is very hard, since the WPS alone has 2,000 nautical miles.

"Di pwedeng ang deployment mo diyan ay barko sa barko or fishing boat sa fishing boat. It should be other means, satellite."
"Because of the size, it becomes a challenge because it's simply too big for our assets to cover but there are enhancements to that," he said.
"Sometime July or so, meron na tayong sariling imagery satellite which was a project of the DOST that could give us images of the area and therefore give us a constant picture of the whole domain." He further adds.
The NSA chief said authorities will intercept illegal fishing vessels spotted in the WPS.
"We have the capability, we have monitoring stations sa coastlines natin," he said.
"Now if you would ask me, kumukuha ba sila ng permiso, kalimitan hindi because kulang pa yung enforcement natin eh. So dapat ang focus natin is to develop our surveillance and regulatory capabilities diyan sa lugar na yan so that we could develop it into a rich and viable source of income."


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