US donates equipment to support Phl maritime law enforcement efforts

On 16 August, the United States government, through the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, donated maritime tactical and first aid equipment to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group to boost the Philippines’ maritime law enforcement capability.

PNP-MG Director Police Brigadier General Harold B. Tuzon accepted the equipment, valued at P3 million ($54,000), from INL Manila Director Kelia Cummins, together with INL Maritime Law Enforcement Advisor Mark Everson, during a ceremony at the PNP-MG Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“This donation is a tribute to the longstanding partnership between the PNP-MG and the United States, and will help in maintaining law and order, preventing crimes, and maintaining internal security,” said PNP-MG Director Tuzon.

The donation consists of binoculars, waterproof digital cameras, handheld VHF radios, and first aid kits — items identified by PNP-MG as common requirements for Regional Maritime Units and Special Operations Units to carry out more effective maritime domain monitoring and response through improved communications and trauma care.

“We are confident that these items will enhance the PNP-MG’s ability to operate more effectively and safely across the spectrum of maritime law enforcement activities,” said Cummins.

INL and other US partners have maintained an enduring and mutually beneficial partnership with PNP-MG for many years.  US support has helped establish PNP-MG’s Special Operations Units in Palawan and Tawi-Tawi, while specialized programs have enhanced capability in areas such as underwater crime scene investigations (UCSI) and illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Additional donations to PNP-MG to support UCSI are expected later this year.





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