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PH to expand capabilities in WPS with more coast guard, fisheries vessels

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By Jan Carlo Anolin

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Wednesday that the government is set to increase the number of coast guard and fisheries vessels roaming the West Philippine Sea (WPS), despite the continuous dispute in the waters.

MB FILE—Photographed through the window of a closed aircraft, an aerial view shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. China protested a trip made by Filipino lawmakers to disputed areas in the South China Sea to assert the claim of the Philippines. Ethan Sun, spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Manila, said the trip scheduled was 'against the spirit' of a code of conduct signed by claimants to the areas in 2002. The Spratlys, believed to be rich in oil, mineral and marine resources, are also claimed in whole or partly by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

MB FILE—Photographed through the window of a closed aircraft, an aerial view shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. ( EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL)

“We have been depending so much on [the] inputs of friendly countries but in a short while, we will have our own equipment in terms of unmanned aerial vehicles [that are] high-flying,” Esperon said in the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.

Aside from that, Esperon said he is looking forward to use our own imagery satellite to monitor the activities on the WPS and the arrival of two 84-meter vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) also bought one marine scientific research vessel, which will add capabilities to marine research and study.

“[A]ll we have to do now is to increase our coast guard vessels, our fisheries vessels,” Esperon said, stressing that most of the coast guard’s vessels are 44-meter vessels.

“Gusto na natin paramihin ‘yung mga barko sa navy at ‘yung mga eroplano natin. (We wanted to increase our navy ships as well as our aircraft) It must be a continuous build up of capabilities,” he added.

Esperon assured that the government has improved its ground and has not given up some of the islands in the WPS, contrary to the claims of others that the government is giving away some of the islands.

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