TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) will build a multi-purpose shelter for local fishers in Mavulis Island, Itbayat, Batanes.
In a press release on Thursday, March 22, NOLCOM said the project will begin on early April this year.
NOLCOM said the facility will increase presence of local fishers in the region, contributing to the protection of marine resources.
The shelter also aims to enhance information gathering around the area, as the facility will also serve as shelter for visiting NOLCOM troops to guard marine resources in the area during poaching season.
The Batanes islands have been frequented by foreign poachers, affecting local fishing activities. Anti-illegal fishing task forces such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources have also been guarding the area.
NOLCOM announced that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the AFP, Provincial Government of Batanes and a stakeholder sponsor will be signed in Basco, Batanes on Friday, March 23.
AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, NOLCOM Commander Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat, Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco, and Republic Cement and Builders Materials Incorporated President Renato Sunico will lead the MOA signing.
The provincial government will also present a manifesto of support.
“The materialization of this endeavor is through the active participation and cooperation of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Batanes and the community,” AFP said.
“NOLCOM will pursue its peace and development efforts to support the government in attaining national goals. Likewise, Inter-agency Coordination and Stakeholders Engagement will continue to tighten support and enhance cooperation and maritime governance by LGUs and other Local Government Agencies (LGAs) in the region,” the army said.
NOLCOM expects that the activities will raise community awareness on the maritime region’s importance. In 2016, the army hoisted a Philippine flag to assert sovereignty and started its maritime awareness on Mavulis Island. Northernforum.net