The United States of America, through their Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), turned over four patrol boats (two 30-footer and two 34-footer) to PNP Maritime Palawan today, July 8 during a ceremony held at the 2nd Special Operation Unit Headquarters in Bgy. Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City.
According to US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski, the donations are a product of the strong cooperation between the US and the Philippines, stressing out that the relationship between the two countries goes beyond military and law-enforcement ties. “We have shared values such as democracy and rule of law. We have shared challenges to fight terrorism, drugs and environmental challenges,” he said.
PCSupt Jose Ma Victor Ramos, PNP’s Acting Directorate for Logistics, delivered PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s message for the occasion, saying that the “four dauntless boats will definitely enhance the capability of our maritime group.” According to the message, Dela Rosa asked his men to be inspired to perform duties more effectively because of the additional resources.
A Deed of Donation was signed by Klecheski and Ramos. It was witnessed by PSSupt Edmund Gonzales, Acting Director of Maritime Group, Thomas Hammang Jr of INL, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates and City Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
Rev. Fr. Alexus Mansueto OAR officiated the blessings of the four additional maritime assets of PNP.
The turn-over ceremony was also attended by RADM Ronald Joseph Mercado, Commander of the Western Command, Provincial Director P/SSupt Benjamin Acorda Jr, Palawan Provincial Police Office, City Director Redentor Maraňon, City Police Office and PSupt Osmundo Salibo of PNP Maritime-Palawan.