THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is going full swing in its preparations for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
This morning, the PCG prepared some of its floating assets and security groups set for deployment on June 30, 2022 to assist in maintaining safety, security and peace during the oath taking of President-elect Marcos at the National Museum in Manila.
According to PCG Commandant CG Admiral Artemio Abu, the public can rely on the presence and strict ocean patrol activities to be undertaken by three multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) and more or less 10 PCG floating assets around Manila Bay and Pasig River.
Also expected to participate are PCG land vehicles to ensure smooth traffic flow in streets near the National Museum.
“Right now, we have no serious threats to public safety, but we can’t be complacent. We are mustering 300 personnel forming security forces, K-9 teams, and medical groups to make sure that we will be able to uphold peace and security during the inauguration of our President-elect. We are also preparing 200 more personnel for possible augmentation,” according to CG Admiral Abu.
“You know us at the PCG – we are anywhere and everywhere. Wherever we are needed, we will be there,” he added.
The PCG chief also tasked the security force of the PCG District NCR – Central Luzon to prepare and coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure maximum security support on June 30. Around 300 will be on duty while 200 will be on stand-by for possible augmentation.
Part of the strict security protocol is the declaration of a “No Sail Zone” in some parts of the Pasig River that is part of the Malacañang Restricted Area.
He also called on Filipinos, especially those who want to witness the inauguration, to follow the safety guidelines, avoid bringing prohibited items, and to always wear their face mask since the country is still in the middle of a pandemic.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Philippine Coast Guard Facebook page)