DAGUPAN CITY – The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) is strengthening its assets and human resources by setting a quota of 1,000 recruits this year and acquiring new boats.
MG director, Brig. Gen. John Mitchell Jamili, in an interview on Saturday, said some 377 new recruits have taken their oath for the first cycle of recruitment and the quota for the second cycle is 500, with the unfilled number of recruits in the first cycle to be added to the second cycle of their quota.
Jamili said as envisioned by PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the MG will get more patrol boats under the Capability Enhancement Program.
“We have also on our wish list to acquire bigger boats, also to patrol our Maritime Jurisdiction which could reach up to the exclusive economic zone. But since we are limited in number in the coastal areas because our water assets are not high-speed watercraft, we are also conducting regular maritime law enforcement within our limit of jurisdiction,” he said.
Jamili said the MG is one of the national operational support groups of the PNP which is tasked to perform all police functions over the territorial waters of the Philippines, including the protection of marine life.
“We are anchored to it, what we are doing is to preserve and protect our marine and aquatic resources. The Maritime Group is conducting a coastal seaborne patrol on a weekly basis,” he said.
He added the higher headquarters has directed the regional chiefs to coordinate with the different local government units for the acquisition and possession of lots purposely for the construction of Regional Maritime Units (RMU) and maritime police stations.
He reiterated to the RMU Ilocos Region personnel the key thrusts of the PNP chief’s intensified cleanliness policy — cleanliness of the offices, cleanliness of ranks, and cleanliness of the community. (PNA)