Commissioning Ceremony of 2nd Japan- Provided Mutli-Role Response Vessel
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 75 - 2016
The 2nd Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV) provided by the government of Japan through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) was commissioned on December 22, 2016. The commissioning ceremony was held on the same date in the Port of Manila attended by Minister Makoto Iyori of Embassy of Japan together with Undersecretary of DOTr Felipe A Judan. In his speech, Usec. Judan expressed his deepest appreciation for the continued support of Japan.
The MRRV “Malabrigo” is the second of the ten (10) 40-meter MRRVs to be provided for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). This Project aims to improve the PCG’s capabilities to quickly and appropriately address maritime operation along Philippine coasts such as patrol, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The remaining eight (8) vessels will be delivered serially until 2018.
Japan has long supported the initiatives of the PCG. Other projects include the provision of rescue equipment, training facilities, communication systems, and maritime safety equipment. In 2014, Japan extended Y1.152 billion grant aid to PCG to install a satellite-based communication system and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) to manage vessel movement and port traffic. An expert from the Japan Coast Guard has also been dispatched to PCG as part of technical cooperation assistance. Through these ODA projects, it is expected that the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines will be further fostered and strengthened.
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