The Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Command used its five vessels in conducting intensive maritime patrols within its area of responsibility to ensure to block the entry of intruders.
Commodore Antonio C. Palces, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao head, said patrols are necessary as this is part of securing the coastline of the region amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
“The maritime patrols are part of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao’s commitment in preventing the spread and mitigating the effect of COVID-19 in the area of responsibility by ensuring that only authorized vessels and essential travels can enter the region,” Palces said.
He added that the goal of the naval unit is to ensure that the travel ban is implemented during the enhanced community quarantine as the order of the national government is to ensure that checkpoints are established to block entry of people to the region.
The vessels were the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Emilio Liwanag (PC118), BRP Liberato Picar (PC377), BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36), Multi-purpose Attack Craft (BA 494) and Patrol Light Boat (PBL) of Naval Special Operation Unit (Navsou7).
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