The Department of Transportation has ordered the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to take control and supervise security operations in all seaports nationwide.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructed the PCG “to take over the security supervision of ports and shipping, whether public or private, including the egress and ingress to all waterways from the Maritime Industry Authority and the Philippine Ports Authority.
This means that the PCG will control movement of all vessels in seaports and harbors, designate security zones for maritime security purposes, enforce ports and ships’ identification system, regulate access to ports, vessels and waterfront facilities, inspect cargoes to prevent the transport of contrabands and enforce appropriate security levels in all ports in Mindanao, pursuant to the provisions of the International Ships and Ports Security Code.
The order allows Coast Guard personnel to arrest, seize and detain persons, cargo and vessels found violating maritime security and other pertinent laws and to file the necessary charges.
The Coast Guard will also strictly enforce maritime security communications, supervise, regulate and control port police and private security guards, divers and underwater operations.
The PCG will carry out these duties until martial law is lifted in Mindanao.