Taken during the send off of two multi-role response vessels (MRRVs). Photo courtesy of Jayra Joyce Taboada.

Two multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) were deployed Tuesday morning by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to conduct maritime patrol and surveillance around the Sulu Sea and the contested West Philippine Sea.

The send-off ceremony for the Parola-class patrol vessels BRP Cabra (MRRV 4409) and BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) was conducted at the city port with newly-installed Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP) commander Capt. Allan Corpuz and Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta, who represented governor Jose Alvarez.

Corpuz said the event is part of their coordinated efforts to prevent, detect, and suppress violations of maritime laws in the two sea areas, and to ensure the safety of Filipino fishermen going on fishing sojourns in the West Philippine Sea.

“The main objective here is maritime law enforcement upang pangalagaan ang buong Palawan, meron sa east at sa west. Ang entire West Philippines Sea, lahat ng areas na merong Filipino fishermen, we just want them to be safe and sound sa area. ‘Yan ang concern natin, maramdaman ng ating mangingisda ang presence ng Coast Guard,” he said.

He said the ceremony was initiated to recognize and honor all the personnel who will be sent to sail around the disputed area.

He added that the Philippines is expecting ships and helicopters from France in addition to what they already have and the most number will be stationed in Palawan.