MARIVELES, Bataan: Mayor Jesse Concepcion on Tuesday bared plans to put up a seaborne office and coastal checkpoints as tools for disaster-preparedness.
Concepcion said the seaborne office and checkpoints will be in addition to the Police Maritime Unit office and the Philippine Coast Guard sub-station already in place.
The seaborne office will house in part the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office, complete with boats, rescue workers, paramedics and “Bantay Dagat’ personnel.
The city government is still studying the number of checkpoints, which will be manned by “Bantay Dagat” and the Coast Guard.
Concepcion said the seaborne office and the coastal checkpoints will look for illegal fishing, oil spill and will serve as eyes and ears of the municipality in cases of typhoons and storm surges.
He added that it is imperative for local government units to monitor its seashores especially during calamities.
“Eleven of our 18 barangays are along the coastlines, so we have to protect our constituents,” Concepcion said.
Portions of Mariveles are adjacent to both Manila Bay and the West Philippine Sea with Corregidor Island only 14 kilometers away.
Concepcion said he has not forgotten the protection of the Mariveles mountain through the deployment of members of the “Bantay Gubat” to augment the police.