“Japan supports the Philippine policy to raise our capacity and level of awareness for maritime domain, the capacity to monitor,” Gilberto G. B. Asuque said, Charge d’ Affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo.
“For that purpose, the Japanese government has supported the Philippine government in terms of assistance to provide the Philippine Coast Guard with 10 patrol craft,” Asuque said to Radio TV Malacanang as reported by Philippine News Agency.
“We are grateful to Japan for supporting the fundamental principle by which the Philippines is addressing the West Philippine Sea issue,” the diplomat said.
Ten 40-meter multi-role response vessels (MRRV) are expected to be delivered 2015 (three) until 2016 (seven). These vessels will be used by Philippine Coast Guard for monitoring of the country’s maritime domain and exclusive economic zone.
Japan will also provide necessary communication system and training to operate the watercraft.
President Benigno S. Aquino III will be visiting Japan tomorrow June 24 to deliver the keynote address at the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao Conference in Hiroshima. Aquino is also expected to have a luncheon meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss maritime disputes with China, and ways to enhance bilateral relations.