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PCG points to an increase in Pinoy fisherman on Pag-asa Island.

MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has confirmed that Filipino fishermen are increasingly present on Pag-asa Island.

From May 12 to 14, the largest Coast Guard contingent in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) monitored roughly 25 Filipino fishing boats conducting fishing operations in the island’s nearby seas.

The PCG assessed their situation and offered relief goods as well as Covid-19 kits to let them continue fishing.

The considerable increase in Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea, according to PCG commander Admiral Artemio Abu, is proof that the PCG’s increased presence improves their confidence and makes them feel safe and protected when fishing in these areas’ waters.

“We ensure that our kababayans can freely explore our maritime resources while conserving our marine environment for future generations through our continual modernization,” Abu stated.

Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, chairman of the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) and National Security Adviser, emphasized the importance of encouraging Filipino fishermen to continue fishing in the WPS.

He also mentioned that the national government is working to help Filipino fishermen in the area by building a fuel depot and an ice storage plant on Pag-asa Island.

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Art Tugade has urged the PCG to ensure that Filipino fishermen can enjoy the abundant maritime resources while being safe to return home to their families.

“The PCG will always follow the national government’s instructions to protect the country’s sovereign rights and ensure the safety of every Filipino at sea,” Abu said.

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