Pag asa island rehab of facilities progressing,no Chinese interference - DND chief

Pag asa island rehab of facilities progressing,no Chinese interference - DND chief

There is no Chinese intervention or interference in the rehabilitation of Pag asa island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG).
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfn Lorenzana has made a categorical answer that the rehabilitation works being done in the Philippine held territory Pag Asa island is not delayed or experiencing any delays because of the presence of Chinese ships in the area.

"Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa (remember Subi Reef is within seeing distance away by the naked eye) they have never in any way interfered with the rehab of the island," Lorenzana said. 
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Lorenzana explained that the delay was caused by a problem that happened in the initial stage of the rehabilitation as contractors found out the seabed, where the beaching ramp was to constructed, was found to be hard, prompting the contractor to bring in appropriate drilling equipment.
"When work finally started it was slow because of this problem. Second, all equipment and materials are shipped from Puerto Princesa (Palawan) The seas in the (Spratlys) are usually rough that the contractor's barges can only transport materials within a small window of time from January to April (and) May," he added.
Rehabilitation works at Pag asa island started sometime in 2018.

Lorenzana, said the rehab works is dependent on the weather and added that repairs could be made in the Pag asa runway until the beaching ramp is built.
Without the beaching ramp, any rehabilitation of Pag asa  cannot proceed as it will be used to bring in the heavy equipment, cement, steel bars, sand, and gavel.

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