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General Discussion / Re: BFAR proposes Php13-B budget for 2018
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:41:42 PM »
BFAR seeks more funding to upgrade surveillance vessels
September 20, 2017

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is seeking more financial support to improve its surveillance vessels, which are used to monitor the country’s waters to keep illegal fishers at bay. “[We have] 14 monitoring control surveillance vessels. It’s outgrown its use already and we need to upgrade. We are proposing asset upgrading for this, BFAR Assistant Director Drusila Esther E. Bayate told reporters on the sidelines of a Tuesday press briefing in Quezon City. Boats are “hard investments,” Ms. Bayate said, that is why more funding is needed. — Janina C. Lim

Looks like not all the French vessels will be under the PCG administration (but maybe manned by PCG personnel?) as the Department of Finance wants to transfer several patrol vessels from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

DOF taps Coast Guard project to boost BOC’s border protection capabilities
The Departments of Finance (DOF) and of Transportation (DOTr) will create a technical working group (TWG) to work out the transfer of several patrol vessels from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to help strengthen the latter’s border protection and anti-smuggling capabilities.

Comprising four units of 24-meter vessels and one unit of 82-meter vessel, these patrol boats were acquired through loans from European banking institutions under the Philippine Port and Coast Guard Capability Development Project (PCG Vessels Project),

The International Finance Group (IFG) reported to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III in a recent DOF executive committee meeting that the DOF, which had contracted the loan, has asked the DOTr to transfer some of the patrol boats to the BOC to help boost the Bureau’s war against smuggling.

The BOC said earlier that the smuggling of vehicles, oil and cigarettes into the country has cost the government more than P50 billion in lost revenues.

A study done by the Washington DC-based research group Global Financial Integrity (GFI) had reported that an estimated $90.25 billion – worth of outflows were recorded from the Philippines from 2004 to 2013, for an average of $9.03 billion annually that it attributed to the illegal trade in goods or smuggling.

IFG told Dominguez that the funds for the PCG Vessels Project worth P5.9 billion or about P111.58 million euros was sourced from the unutilized portion of the Buyer’s Credit Facility originally for the Greater Maritime Access Ports Project, unrecouped advanced payment and the counterpart funds provided by the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The loan granted by the BNP Paribas Group and the Credit Agricole CIB was guaranteed by the French government, through Bpifrance Assurance Export, the export credit agency of the same. It is repayable in 12.5 inclusive of two-and-a-half years grace period, according to the IFG.

The four units of 24-meter boats are expected to be delivered in 2018 while the 82-meter vessel is expected to arrive in February 2019.

During President Duterte’s official visit to Japan last year, Dominguez and Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formalized several agreements that would help improve the Philippines’ maritime safety capability, including a deal for a 16.5 billion yen concessional loan covered by Tokyo’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the acquisition of two large-scale patrol vessels for the PCG.

The agreement for the 16.5-billion yen loan is part of Tokyo’s continuing assistance to the PCG’s Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP).

Equivalent to P6.8 billion, this JICA loan was extended at an interest rate of between 0.01 (consulting component) and 0.10 (non-consulting component) percent (per annum) with a maturity period of 40 years, inclusive of a 10-year grace period.

The acquisition of two 94-meter large-scale patrol ships under Phase Two of the MSCIP is on top of the ongoing ODA from Japan for the first phase of the project, which involves the procurement of 10 units of 40-meter PCG patrol vessels.

As of June 2017, 5 out of 10 vessels have already been delivered. The targeted completion of the delivery of all the 10 vessels is in August 2018.

Besides the loan agreement, Japan had also announced the provision of additional vessels for the PCG through a 600 million yen grant (about P280 million) for the procurement of high-speed boats and other equipment to boost the Philippines’ anti-terrorism and security activities.

This includes the acquisition of one 20-meter high-speed vessel and 14 units of 7-meter high speed boats.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407)
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:41:19 PM »
Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) Sea Trials off Yokohama, Japan.

Courtesy of AGC Video Japan.

From PinoyAviators FB page:


Under its Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project, the Philippine Coast Guard is now set to acquire seven (7) all-weather, twin engine utility helicopters capable of performing vital functions, especially search and rescue operations in cases of sea mishaps and Law Enforcement and Security.

According to one senior officer from the PCG, they are studying in getting two types of rotary aircraft, and they are now interested in getting five (5) H145 and two (2) AW139.

General Discussion / Re: PNP Rotary Aircraft
« on: August 30, 2017, 09:12:22 PM »
After that one unit twin engine helicopter awarded bid, a new two unit single engine helicopter bid is now out.

General Discussion / Re: PNP Rotary Aircraft
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:12:28 AM »
LionFlyer, no idea. But for the price, it seems the Bell 429 would fit.

General Discussion / Re: PNP Rotary Aircraft
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:54:46 PM »
Brand-new, one unit, twin engine helicopter.

General Discussion / Re: PCG to receive 7 maritime response helicopters
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:39:47 AM »
Hopefully, the NEDA Board approves this right away in its next session. Considering this same project HAD a budget from 2011-2013.

Seems that the helo project (the seven helicopter package) has still a glimmer of hope.

More infra projects up for economic managers’ OK

By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 07:16 PM August 10, 2017

More infrastructure projects are expected to be green-lighted by economic managers Friday, including an increase in the project cost of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the construction of a road project in Mindanao.

National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan said the Cabinet Committee (CabCom) of the Neda’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) will tackle the following projects: the purchase of maritime disaster response helicopters by the Philippine Coast Guard; the Department of Public Works and Highways’ Mindanao road sector project; as well as the construction of two bridges along the Pasig River, namely Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon, by the DPWH.

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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406)
« on: August 06, 2017, 10:58:30 PM »

PCG’s fifth Multi-Role Response Vessel from Japan arrives in Manila
Published: 07 August 2017

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard fifth Multi-Role Response Vessel – Suluan (MRRV-4406) from Japan was formally received today by the officers and men of the PCG at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila.

The MRRV- Suluan with assigned bow number 4406 is the fifth of the ten 44-meter multi-role response vessels which was built and delivered by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama shipyard in Japan. She is named after the Suluan Lighthouse situated in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. She will be an additional floating asset to the search and rescue vessels being utilized by the Philippine Coast Guard to further strengthen the agency’s capability in the performance of its mandated functions such as the maritime law enforcement, maritime security, maritime search and rescue, marine environmental protection, and maritime safety administration within the country’s maritime domain.

Five (5) more brand new MRRV’s will be built for the PCG and will also be named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote its significance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.

Commodore Joel S Garcia PCG Ph.D., H.D., Al-Haj, Officer in charge of the Philippine Coast Guard lauded the men of BRP Suluan for bringing the ship safe inspite of typhoon in Southern Japan. He also said that MRRV Suluan will be also utilized to support the ongoing fight against terrorism on Southern Philippines.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406)
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:27:33 AM »
She's now home.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Corregidor (AE-891)
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:47:56 AM »
BRP Corregidor (AE-891) was procured under the Maritime Safety Improvement Project 2, with the help of JICA. This project ran from Aug 1995-Jun 2001.

"To decisively address insurgency and terrorism, we are working doubly hard towards [achieving] a stronger and more credible national defense system for the country. We continue to strengthen the defense capability of the AFP as a deterrence against terrorists, lawless elements, and other threats."

"You know, this is my proposal. I may be totally wrong and I will accept it, but this is mine. From now on, I will save money for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We have lost so much soldiers. [applause] And there are thousands already incapacitated to fight. Pati ’yung police ko, araw-araw ninyong ina-ambush. Pati ang convoy ko, kasi doon ako mag-sakay, ina-ambush nila."

The bane isa pa – itong…the Congress and tayo sa gobyerno including the judges and justices, should understand that by this time, iyong lowest bid iyon ang nagpo-promote ng graft and corruption sa ating bayan. [applause] COA, you are here at malaman na lang ninyo na may violation ako. Doon sa military I do not allow them to bid but just to buy the weapons from everywhere. Because almost all countries are making arms, the tawag nila – small arms industry. We are just fighting a rebellion. True, we do not need the armaments, but diyan sa Marawi you have to hit hard because they are pre-positioned inside buildings. And until now we cannot proceed fast because there are 300 hostages.

Since COA is here, I limited to three places where military can buy the equipments because I am sure that they will work and they can kill the enemies and make even our forces stronger or in parity with what they have in on the other side. Itong armas, sabi ko, ‘wag mong sundin iyang ano. I will explain to COA why. ‘Wag mo akong papabilhin diyan sa mga lugar nang...gawa ng South America at lahat diyan sa mid-European. Eastern European countries are also—there are good ones, but I limited them to...especially, equipments in listening. Kasi kung magbili ka doon sa iba nakikinig rin sila, sabay na kayo. Tatlo na kayong nagko-communicate. Tawag sa Bisaya “Brin!”

For 2018, it is now confirmed that the SAR Helo project will have a budget for only one unit albeit a bigger budget per unit PHP686 million from PHP388 million (bidding for 2 units before).

General Discussion / Re: PH 2018 Budget
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:51:33 AM »
The 2018 proposed AFP Modernization Budget is still at PHP 25 billion.

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