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DOTr wants additional collaborations to advance the marine sector and security
To support the development of the maritime sector and the security of the Philippines, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking to forge additional alliances with other nations.
DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista mentioned the recent agreements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) with other nations to address anti-piracy, anti-illegal drugs, and anti-terrorism campaigns as well as the recent PCG-United States Coast Guard maritime exercises during the Pilipinas Conference 2022 on Monday at the Ayala Museum in Makati City.
He claimed that by acquiring more assets, the DOTr hopes to strengthen the PCG’s capabilities.
He claimed that “[President Ferdinand R. Marcos] agrees with our effort to modernize and enhance the PCG’s resources and talents.”
The establishment of the multi-sectoral National Coast Watch System (NCWS), Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC), and Maritime Command Centers with ASEAN members Indonesia and Malaysia, he claimed, as well as active participation in the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combatting Piracy and Armed Robbery.
The DOTr is aware of the advantages and disadvantages of our maritime agencies, but it is confident that it can improve its capacity to guarantee the safety of its ships, passengers, and crew.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are the nation’s representatives in the NCWS and JPSCC (PNP).
In order to benchmark our efforts to bring our maritime industry up to par with those of other nations, he said, “we look at chances to create relationships with maritime-related agencies of other countries.”
He said the DOTr is working to develop its marine sector organizations like the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Maritime Industry Authority because a large portion of the nation depends on maritime transportation (MARINA).
The country, he continued, “relies heavily on sea transit for the transportation of people and commerce because to huge coastal lowlands and marine resources.”
A major maritime nation that values the safety and conservation of marine life and the marine environment, the Philippines, he said, aspires to be.
Prior to this, the MARINA and the Nautical Institute signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to improve curricula and hold academic workshops in order to advance maritime education and training throughout the nation.
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