PN, 22 other gov’t agencies join Coast Watch South Capablity Exercise 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 17:56

The Philippine Navy through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao is conducting the Coast Watch South Capability Exercise (CAPEX) 2011 which started last September 6  and will end on September 9, 2011.

This four-day exercise includes a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Field Training Exercise (FTX).  CPX portion will be held at CWC-WM involving participants from key law enforcement organizations such as the WESMINCOM, PAF, PPA, DENR, PCG-WM, BFAR, PCTC, NICA9, DFA, NBI, BOC, BI, BOQ, PNP (DIPO, PNP-MG, PRO 9, and PRO ARMM), DENR-CENRO, PDEA, MARINA, City/Provincial Agriculture Office, and DOJ (National Prosecution Service). 

The CPX will be a facilitator-led seminar style focused on the National Coast Watch SOP with scnenarios on Maritime Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Tri-Border Security.

Likewise, the FTX portion shall focus on the Provider Agencies of the government that has maritime platforms, namely: Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG), and the Philippine Navy

Purposely to enhance maritime security in Southern Philippines, the Coast Watch South has been conceptualized to further develop and operationalize coast watching in the Philippines through an inter-agency and whole-of-government approach as well as that of the commercial sector in order to bring about efficient and effective maritime security policies and operations. 

Capt Bayani R. Gaerlan, the designated Exercise Director and currently the Deputy Commander Naval Forces Western Mindanao for Naval Operations, presided the opening ceremony of the CAPEX. 

Rear Admiral Armando L Guzman, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said “with this kind of training, the Philippine Navy will be able to enhance regional coordination, information sharing, and combined inter-operability capability with participating government agencies in the region, tests its personnel and naval assets’ operational readiness and ultimately, improve the defense capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines”.

The Coast Watch South, together with its 8 Coast Watch Stations strategically located in Western Mindanao, has been performing outstandingly since its inauguration.  It has been instrumental in the tracking and monitoring large number of local and international cargo vessels carrying onboard dangerous cargoes transiting the waters of Western Mindanao, vessels in distress and other vessels that could be potential violators of maritime laws.