PHL Coast Guard ships sail to Batanes to deliver relief goods & patrol duties

PHL Coast Guard ships sail to Batanes to deliver relief goods & patrol duties

Two of the most modern vessels of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is on its way to the earthquake hit Itbayat, Batanes.
2 Parola class vessels namely BRP Malabrigo and BRP Capones is already on its way to Batanes carrying much neede relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the PCG Auxiliary, Capt. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman said.

The relief goods consists of  rice, canned goods, milk, blankets, folding beds and tents.

PCG's BRP Malabrigo and BRP Capones
(photo credit to owner)
Additional PCG personnel was also aboard the two vessel which will assist the medical activities and relief operations in Batanes.

PCG to conducts patrol as ordered by Pres. Duterte

As ordered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the two Parola class vessels will also intensify patrol activities off the waters of Batanes to enforce Philippine sovereignty and conduct law enforcement activities after the relief operations.

"You might want to ask the coast guard to — stay here, stay for a while and switch once in a while, to patrol the island from time to time. Not every day but just to assure that those islands will remain ours," Duterte said.
Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana said the Chief Executive’s order was to deter poachers and anybody who will encroach in Philippine territory.
"The directive of the president is clear for the coast guard to station... just one ship, one boat to patrol the area," Lorenzana said

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