MANILA, Feb. 26 — The Philippine National Police- Maritime Group (PNP-MG) celebrates its 19th anniversary on March 1 with the theme, Maritime Pulis at Mamamayan: Bayaning Pangkatahimikan at Kaayusan sa Karagatan.
Chief Superintendent Villamor Bumanglag, PNP-MG director, said the highlight of this years celebration will be the 2nd MG Marine Conservation, Search and Rescue and Scuba Diving Exposition 2010 to be held at the Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame.
According to Bumanglag, the said activity will include a display of various accomplishments of the MG for the past year.
The Maritime Group has indeed achieved a lot for the past year, particularly in the search and rescue operations of typhoon victims and the implementation of Republic Act No. 8550 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, among others, he added.
For the past year, the PNP-MG continued to enhance its logistical capabilities with the procurement of six 4×4 pick-up vehicles, scuba diving gears and 77 inflatable rubber boats. Ten base radios, 103 hand-held radios and 70 cellular phones were also procured by the PNP-MG in its efforts to improve its capability to move, shoot, communicate and investigate.
The Maritime Group also continues to provide rubber boat handling and rescue operation training to the newly-activated Maritime Group Special Waterborne Operations School (MG-SWOS) in Mabini, Batangas. The Maritime Group Building in Paranaque City was blessed and inaugurated last January 28, 2010.
The PNP-MG played a key role in the preservation of the natural wildlife in various regions as well as seaborne patrol operations. More or less 253.5 grams of shabu worth P682,610, six assorted firearms and 52 rounds of assorted ammunition and assorted smuggled goods worth P5 million were confiscated by this group for the past year alone.
We are doing our very best to cater to the needs of our community and protect our coastline. Rest assured that for the years to come, the PNP-MG will continue its efforts to protect the vast territorial waters of our country, Bumanglag said. (PNA) scs/MM