MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (Apeco) on Monday, formalizing the construction of naval support and air base in Casiguran, Aurora which would boost its presence in the country’s northern frontier.
The signing took place at the Navy headquarters at Naval Station Jose Andrada along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.
“Apeco President and CEO Mr. Israel Maducdoc and PN flag officer in command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, sealed the agreement as witnessed by other key officials from both parties. This will be eventually endorsed for the approval of the Secretary of National Defense,” Roxas added.
The deal allows the construction of a 12,000-hectares support facility and naval air detachment in the Apeco-managed zone.
Bacordo, in a separate statement, called the signing of the MOA the “solidification of strategic partnership” between the Philippine Navy and the Apeco.
He said the deal would allow the Navy to establish a foothold and significantly boost its long-term force projection to protect the Philippines’ national maritime interests.
The Navy is mandated to conduct naval and maritime operations to secure the Philippine sovereignty and integrity of national territory from foreign and domestic threat including the strategic location of Casiguran, Aurora in the eastern part of Central Luzon region, facing the Philippine Sea which has been identified as one of the strategic areas covering the eastern border of the country. (PNA)