By Glen S. Ramos

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur M. Tugade led the commissioning ceremony of the largest and longest multi-role response vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) named “Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Teresa Magbanua” at Pier 15, Port Area, Manila. on May 6, 2022.

“As we celebrate the BRP Teresa Magbanua, we reaffirm our consecration as Philippine Coast Guard to the service of the people, to the service of the country, to the service our fellowmen. Sinasabi natin sa sambayanang Pilipino: nandidito kami ngayon kasama na namin ang dagdag na numero, kasama na namin ang pasilidad na kung saan umasa kayo, kababayan, na gagawin ng Philippine Coast Guard ang kanyang katungkulan nang sa ganun mapalaganap at mapalago ‘yung humanitarian at safety and concern commitments ng Philippine Coast Guard,” Secretary Tugade stated in his speech.

Secretary Tugade added that another 97-meter multi-role response vessel of the PCG will be arriving next month and it will be named BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702)

The two vessels are part of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phase 2 (MSCIP II) of DOTr for the continuing modernization of the PCG.

According to PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio Abu, the BRP Teresa Magbanua mirrors valor, indomitable fighting spirit, and an equal commitment just like our hero and namesake like.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa reiterated that the acquisition of the new floating asset of the PCG further strengthens the Japan-Philippines friendship and cooperation.

“Being Maritime nations, ensuring effective law enforcement in our seas is directly linked to the international interest of both Japan and the Philippines. Today, the commissioning of BRP Teresa Magbanua embodies the strong commitment of our two governments to maintain maritime orders and UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea),” Koshikawa emphasized. (ai/mtvn)

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