Navy assets for Covid containment measures ample

By Priam Nepomuceno

March 23, 2020, 10:51 am

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office)

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) is providing ample assets and personnel to aid to its Coast Guard counterparts, ensuring that there would be unauthorized water travel while the 30-day enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is in effect, an official said on Sunday.

In a statement, PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said the Navy has deployed four naval craft and its crew along with two rigid-hull inflatable boats with personnel in Sangley Point, Cavite City.

She added that these PN assets and personnel are part of the Task Group Laban Covid-19 (Water Cluster) which includes the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

These patrol boats and crew are under the supervision of the Naval Task Group-National Capital Region (NTG-NCR) tasked to intercept and deny entry and exit of commercial passenger watercraft to and from Manila Bay.

"This is in accordance with the guideline of enhanced community quarantine suspending all sea travels in and out of Luzon unless falling under the special exemption," Roxas said.

She added that maritime patrol efforts of the PN and PCG complement all land quarantine assistance stations or checkpoints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police and other government agencies in accordance with the quarantine guidelines. (PNA)