US providing USD17.68M to strengthen PHL maritime law enforcement capabilities, judicial reforms

Under the 2011 Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement, United States will be providing USD17.68 million to enhance Philippines’ maritime law enforcement capabilities and judicial reforms.

“This Agreement will once again prove to be good to both the Philippines and the United States and for the entire Southeast Asia,” said US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Secretary Brownfield. “With better enforcement and better ability of the Philippines to police its reefs, islands and other claims, the Agreement will be beneficial to the rest of the world.”

The said amount of money will be allocated to help in the development of Coast Guard and PNP Maritime Group operational and institutional capabilities. It will also be used to produce more skilled PNP and other law enforcement entities to strengthen regional coordination and law enforcement activities concerning maritime issues.

The fund will also be used in strengthening Philippine criminal justice system and provide professional skills training to the justice sector.