The United States Coast Guard will conduct a maritime law enforcement training in Palawan following the turnover of a US funded training facility in Barangay Sta Lourdes, Puerto Princesa last week.
The US Embassy announced in a statement the workshop, that will be attended by police, navy and coast guard members, will focus on sharing best practices and enhancing the interoperability among the three participating agencies. This is in support of the National Coast Watch System 2017 Field Training Exercises which will also takes place in Manila and Cebu in September.
PNP Maritime Palawan Chief Greg Togonon told Palawan News that there is no specific details yet about the US-organized training work shop.
“Usually naman yan ang itinuturo, paghandle ng mga radioactive materials, yung identification ganyan. Pero marami pa, kumbaga kasama lang yan usually sa course outline,” he said.
Last week, US government transferred custody of a brand new Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (JMLETC) valued at over Php 65.4 million to the Philippine government with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald M. de la Rosa as guest of honor.
The training facility, funded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, is part of the larger National Coast Watch System and is designed to bolster the Philippines’ maritime domain awareness capabilities and to stop large-scale weapons from transiting through or near Philippine territorial waters. The facility will also be used to conduct maritime law enforcement training for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Navy (PN), and PNP to enhance vessel boarding, use of force, evidence preservation, and case package preparation techniques.