Coast Guard deploys personnel to ‘critical’ regions to enhance maritime security

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed 110 personnel to six critical regions in order to enhance law enforcement at sea. Vice Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan Jr., PCG deputy commandant for operations, announced the deployment of coast guard personnel to compose the Maritime Security Law Enforcement Groups (MARSLEGs) in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Southwestern Mindanao. The PCG stated that the deployment of MARSLEGs is focused on regions with heavy maritime traffic and frequent security incidents.

“We reaffirm our commitment to working together to uphold the highest standards of maritime security and ensure the territorial integrity of our country,” Punzalan said.

MARSLEGs are tasked to supervise and implement laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to security law enforcement on sea transport and maritime infrastructures in the country. “The MARSLEGs will augment and intensify our fight against human trafficking, illegal fishing activities, drugs and arms smuggling, and other maritime infringements within the municipal waters,” Vice Admiral Robert Patrimonio, commander of MARSLEC, stated.

Each MARSLEG is composed of highly trained PCG personnel from its K9, security and border protection, investigation and detection, surface patrol force, and sea marshall forces.

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