Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda has turned over three 7-meter class fast boats (Rigid Hull Inflated Boats: RHIBs) and the three 44-meter class patrol vessels (Multi-Role Response Vessels: MRRVs) at the Headquarters of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) on November 20.
Present in the ceremony are Secretary of Transportation Arthur Tugade and National Security Adviser and Director-General of the National Security Council General Hermogenes Esperon. The high-speed boats and patrol vessels are provided to the Philippines through Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The three 7-meter class high-speed boats are the first batch of the 13 high-speed boats that will be provided to the Philippines with Japan’s grant. They are provided in response to President Duterte’s direct request.
The three newly commissioned patrol vessels are the 4th, 5th, and 6th vessels, Capones”, ”Suluan” and “Sindangan” respectively of the ten 44-meter class patrol vessels that are financed, designed, and built through Japan’s support.
Together with coastal monitoring radars that Japan has recently decided to provide to the Philippines, these newly provided ships are aimed to improve the Philippines’ patrol, search and rescue, anti-terrorism, and law enforcement capabilities.
In his remarks, Ambassador Haneda pointed out that President Duterte recently stated in Tokyo that our two countries are entering a “Golden Age” of strategic partnership, and that Ambassador Haneda is looking forward to working together in further strengthening such relations.