Expect improved security in Subic Bay with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Marine Group (MG) .
The pact was signed by SBMA President and Trustee Rolen Paulino and PNP-MG Director Police Brigadier General Harold B. Tuzon.
Also present were PNP Deputy Chief for Administrative Policing, Lt. Gen. Rhodel Orden Sermonia and SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Operations, Ronnie Yambao.
Under the MOA, the PNP-MG will provide trained and licensed personnel to man seven of the agency’s patrol boats, comprising three general-purpose patrol boats, a search and rescue vessel, a garbage collection/firefighting vessel , an oil skimmer/firefighting vessel. , and a handling and utility boat.
The ships are MV Kalayaan, MV Binictican, MV Redondo, MV Ilanin, MV Triboa, MV Cubi and MV Maritan.
“The task of operation will fall to our Seaports Department, and these vessels may only be operated with the authority prescribed by the SBMA and within the limits of the operational requirements of the vessels,” Paulino said.
The agency will provide an office and accommodation facility for the PNP-MG staff in the part of the building. 696, located in the former Ship Repair Facility (SRF) where only a maximum of 30 people are allowed.
“PNP Maritime will use, maintain and occupy the facility for its intended purpose. They will assume the repair and maintenance of the facility for the duration of the agreement,” he said.