AFP to build new naval base worth PhP1 billion

Armed Forces of the Philippines will be building a PhP1 billion worth of naval base for the Philippine Navy in Subic, Zambales under AFP’s modernization fund.

Mayor Jefferson Khonghun told Inquirer.net that building of pier, warehouses, and barracks will start this month. AFP engineering brigade is scheduled to visit and start premilinary survey. The site is Barangay Cawag near the shipyard of the Korean-owned Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd. Philippines and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a 500 hectar area.

Khonghun said the naval base is designed to accomodate big and modern ships both from Philipppine and American navy.

“Local government officials are very supportive of this and we’re fortunate to have a naval base in our town,” the mayor told Inquirer.

“The site for the new naval base is very strategic because there are passable roads leading to it. Besides, it is near Bajo de Masinloc (the disputed Panatag or Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea), so it will provide security to our local fishermen who were previously driven away by Chinese coast guard personnel,” Khonghun noted.

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