The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has successfully installed five 30-FOOT LONG NAVIGATIONAL BUOYS CARRYING THE PHILIPPINE FLAG on four key islands in the West Philippine Sea (WPS): Lawak Island, Likas Island, Parola Island, and Pag-asa Island.
The arrival ceremony for the five Coast Guard vessels that set in place the SYMBOLS OF COASTAL STATE ADMINISTRATION in the specified vicinity waters from 12 to 14 of May 2022 was headed by PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu on May 18, 2022.
BRP Corregidor (AE-891), BRP Bojeador (AE-46), BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), BRP Capones (MRRV-4404), and Tug Boat Habagat were among the ships involved (TB-271).
“I know it wasn’t an easy task,” CG Admiral Abu said, “but the support of Task Force Kaligtasan sa Karagatan, led by CG Rear Admiral Joseph Coyme, Coast Guard Fleet Commander, CG Rear Admiral Charlie Rances, and PCG District Palawan Commander, CG Commodore Rommel Supangan as Ground Commander. Led to the resounding success of installing our sovereign markers that are now flashing lights at night to guide.
“These buoys are now a source of pride and glory for us in serving our wonderful nation,” CG Admiral Abu stated, “and since our fellow Coast Guardians overcame countless hazards throughout the aforementioned honorable mission, they were able to move the PCG to the next level of success.”
Furthermore, during his visit to Pag-asa Island on May 14, 2022, to inspect buoy laying activities and verify the morale of PCG men posted on the island. The Coast Guard Commandant presented his views.
“During my visit to Pag-asa Island, I spotted five PCG ships anchored nearby with many Filipino fishing bancas. As well as multiple Vietnamese fishing boats, Chinese fishing vessels, and China Coast Guard vessels not far away,” CG Admiral Abu said.
“Ang guidance ko sa kanila, tayo ang mang-challenge sa kanila. Pero ayon sa Coast Guard Fleet, mapayapa ang West Philippine Sea at nagpakita ng respeto ang mga barko ng Vietnam at China sa isinagawa nating misyon,” he added.
The PCG will deploy more navigational buoys in various sections of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), particularly in the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise, according to CG Admiral Abu.
The ten floating markers bought in Spain included the five newly mounted buoys.
These buoys, which arrived in Cebu on May 7, 2022, from Valencia, Spain, are installed with contemporary maritime navigation lanterns and specialized mooring systems. They also have a remote monitoring system that sends data to the Philippine Coast Guard National Headquarters in Port Area, Manila, via satellite.