The Japanese government has promised to provide the Philippines with patrol vessels, newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. during an interview with PTV4 on November 2.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 26 last year witnessed the signing and exchanging of notes for the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard Phase (MSCIP) II in which Japan will provide a loan package.
“The objective of this project is to construct two (2) patrol ships to be used by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and aims to improve the PCG’s capabilities to quickly and appropriately respond to maritime incidents, such as search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement. It is expected that this cooperation will contribute to the enhancement of the maritime safety of the Republic of Philippines,” Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
MSCIP II vessels will be heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV).
MSCIP I which is also funded by Japan, is currently in progress.
MSCIP I will provide the PCG with 10 44-meter MRRVs. 6 units of patrol vessels built by Japan Marine United were already delivered, with the latest delivery conducted last month.
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