The Japanese government is set to provide two more vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard.
This was disclosed by Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino, PCG commandant, during the visit of Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keichi Ishii late in April.
The two 94-meter vessels are expected to be in the organization’s management by 2021.
“We expect that with the coming of the 94-meter vessels from Japan, they will greatly enhance our performance. We will also ensure that all Japanese vessels passing Philippine waters will be guarded and protected,” he said.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the vessels the Japanese government has initially given are in good hands.
“I’m sure that if we will take care of these ships, Japanese government will be inspired to give us more,” Tugade said.
Hermogino said the vessels are used to respond to sea mishaps, extend relief efforts, and secure Philippine waters.
Ishii, meanwhile, was pleased to witness that the vessels are being helpful to guard the country’s territory and heighten the PCG’s operations.
“It is with great pleasure to see that Japan’s ships provided us with a number of accomplishments. Japan is promoting peace in the Pacific. To promote free Pacific, we must strengthen maritime capabilities,” Ishii said.