President Rodrigo Duterte is set to approve various projects such as the North-South Railway Project – South Line; Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit- EDSA; Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard Phase II; Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project; Metro Manila Flood Management Project; Increase in Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Area of the Bicol International Airport Project; Change in Scope of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project; Modernization of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center; Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital; and the Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness.
These will be tackled tackled during the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board meeting chaired by President Duterte. The folowing projects were recommended by NEDA Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) for NEDA Board approval.
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While in the Armed Forces Modernization, Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo, Philippine Navy's public affairs office head, said in her message to the PNA, “Acquisition of (more) fast craft will be of great help to our organization since it will provide additional defense and interdiction capability to thwart piracy, terrorism, kidnapping and other dubious activities of lawless elements in the country.”
Around two-dozen fast attack crafts usually between 50–800 tons and can reach speeds of 25–50 knots are planned for acquisition.
|Similar fast attack craft planned for acquisition. Defence.pk file photo|
The procurement of two (2) 92-meter heavy-weather, high endurance Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is also now up for the President approval through NEDA Board.
This will enhance the response capability of the PCG during search and rescue (SAR) operation, rescue and salvage work, environmental protection, enforcement of applicable laws, transport of goods and persons in times of calamities and disaster as quoted in Tankler.
Furthermore, this will increase maritime patrolling for a period of 10-15 days and increase coverage range of not less than 3,000 nautical miles, ideal for the Philippines vast EEZ.
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