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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #60 on: December 08, 2019, 03:45:29 PM »
DND chief: Bad weather delays Pag-asa buildup
By: Melvin Gascon - Correspondent / @melvingasconINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:10 AM December 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Delays have yet again hampered the construction of the beaching ramp on the Philippines’ biggest island outpost in the West Philippine Sea, which Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said will not be completed before year-end.

In a Viber message to reporters on Friday, Lorenzana said bad weather on Pag-asa Island caused the breakdown of construction equipment.

“Because of bad weather, it is difficult to transport materials from Puerto Princesa (Palawan province). Second, when an equipment bogs down it takes time to have it repaired,” the defense chief said.

The Philippine Navy has commissioned a private contractor to build the beaching ramp on Pag-asa, as the Philippine government prepares to  undertake improvements on the island’s unpaved 1,300-meter airstrip.

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The defense department set the initial target date of completion at the end of 2018. Then Lorenzana said last July the ramp will be completed by the end of this year.

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Citing updates by Commodore Renato David, commander of the Naval Forces West, Lorenzana dismissed reports that the delay was caused by the pullout of the contractor.

Lorenzana had earlier said the project is 71-percent complete, with a total of 17 workers on board.

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #62 on: May 20, 2020, 01:58:02 PM »
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Milestone: PH Navy ship docks on Pag-asa Island for 1st time
By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosing
INQINQUIRER.net / 08:10 PM May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine Navy ship properly berthed on Pag-asa Island (Thitu) in the West Philippine Sea for the first time since the Philippines occupied the island to assert sovereignty over it.

BRP Ivatan (LC-298) docked at the port on the island, which is in the final stages of construction, last May 13, said Lt. Maivi Neri, acting public affairs officer of Naval Forces West.

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BRP Ivatan was on Pag-asa Island for a resupply and troop rotation mission at the Philippine-occupied detachments in the West Philippine Sea.

The ship returned to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Sunday, May 17, after weeks of sailing in the West Philippine Sea, part of the Philippine- claimed waters in the disputed South China Sea.

For many years, those who needed to go to Pag-asa by ship had to ride a small boat first to get to the island because of the absence of a harbor.

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In 2017, the Philippine government announced plans for the construction of a beaching ramp or a port on Pag-asa Island to enable ships to deliver construction materials for the building and repair of facilities.

Analysts believe that the repair and construction work on the island is the reason Chinese militia boats have maintained constant presence nearby since 2018.



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PH Navy makes historic ship docking on Pag-asa island
Published May 19, 2020, 4:28 PM
By Martin Sasdongdong

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/19/ph-navy-makes-historic-ship-docking-on-pag-asa-island/

BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft, has made a historic dock at the nearly-completed port of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG or Spratly Islands)—making it the first ever Philippine Navy (PN) vessel that berthed on the Philippine-occupied island located in the West Philippine Sea, the military revealed on May 19, Tuesday.

Commodore Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West (NFW), said the docking of BRP Ivatan on Pagasa Island happened last May 13 as part of the troop’s rotation and reprovisioning (RORE) mission at the different KIG detachments in the West Philippine Sea.

Skippered by Cdr. Bennie B Demetillo, BRP Ivatan initially arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on May 17 after weeks of traversing the West Philippine Sea for the RORE mission which also included Rizal Reef Detachment (RRD), Lawak, and Patag Islands.

David said BRP Ivatan “successfully conducted its task as a platform of NFW’s mission team for the rotation of troops in Pagasa detachment and delivery of the necessary supplies and goods for consumption of the sailors and marines assigned in the area for security purposes.”

According to Lieutenant Maivi Neri, NFW’s acting public affairs officer, Navy ships couldn’t dock on Pagasa Island since the 1980s because of the unfinished port.

Now, they were able to do so because the port was already 90-percent completed, Neri said. BRP Ivatan stayed briefly on Pagasa Island after its RORE mission before it returned to Palawan.

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #63 on: May 25, 2020, 11:48:19 PM »
Photos c/o a resident of the municipality.









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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #64 on: May 27, 2020, 12:30:34 PM »
Improvements on Pagasa have been a multi-department effort. The beaching ramp at the edge of Rancudo airfield is a DND effort, while sheltered port is a DOTr effort.

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2020, 01:03:11 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/PalawanStar/posts/2711213655774897

Construction of Sheltered Port Phase 1 has ended in Hope Island, in the Freedom Municipal Hall funded by Department of Transportation and administered by Palawan Province Government.

Sheltered Port 2018 started working and has a total fund of more than P400 Million pesos.

Sheltered Port Phase 1 consists of concrete pavement, stain landing with installed 5-tons mooring bollard for small vessels and rubber dock fenders. Wharf fixes also included for larger vessels and also has Water Desalination Facility.

Meanwhile, waiting for the directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the West Phillipine Sea for the turn-over ceremony to offer.

Sheltered Port looks forward to helping residents, fishermen and military for faster deterioration or transportation of goods or cargo.

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2020, 01:23:53 PM »
PH inaugurates beaching ramp on Pagasa Island in West PH Sea
Published June 9, 2020, 4:54 PM

https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/09/ph-inaugurates-beaching-ramp-on-pagasa-island-in-west-ph-sea/

The Department of National Defense (DND) led the momentous inauguration of a beaching ramp on Pagasa Island in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) on Tuesday, three days ahead of the celebration of the country’s 122nd Independence Day on June 12.



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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2020, 01:24:39 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/tribunephl/posts/2600317886846571

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads the inauguration of the AFP Basing Support Program (beaching ramp) in Pagasa Island in Palawan, the first phase of the government's Master Development Plan in the Philippine-occupied island.









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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #69 on: June 10, 2020, 01:25:00 PM »
PIA MIMAROPA
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𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗡𝗔𝗡: Ang Beaching Ramp Project ay itinayo sa Islang Barangay ng Pag-Asa sa Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

https://twitter.com/pia_mimaropa/status/1270577573362163714









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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #70 on: June 10, 2020, 03:20:16 PM »
Newly built beaching ramp on Pag-asa Island turned over to DND
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:53 AM June 10, 2020


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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #71 on: June 14, 2020, 03:32:08 AM »
PAG-ASA GETS UPGRADE AMID CHINA OBJECTION
BY: FRANCES MANGOSING
JUNE 13, 2020

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/188510/pag-asa-gets-upgrade-amid-china-objection

PAG-ASA ISLAND, West Philippine Sea—Beijing had tried to stop it, but a long-imagined development plan in the biggest and most strategically important Philippine-held island in the disputed Spratlys is finally taking shape.

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It was May 28 on Pag-asa (“hope” in Filipino). The government officials were visiting the island to inspect a new beaching ramp ahead of its inauguration on June 9. They carefully surveyed the ramp, a project overseen by the Department of National Defense, in the scorching summer heat, and appeared to be proud and satisfied with the results.

Yesterday, Independence Day, was equally momentous: A sheltered port, a separate project of the Department of Transportation, was turned over to the municipality of Kalayaan, which includes Pag-asa.

The significance of the handover was not lost on Kalayaan officials, occurring as it did on the day that celebrates Philippine sovereignty. The new structures were also seen to provide hope to the settlers and troops who have had to endure difficult living conditions on the island.

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Benny Catacutan, a crane operator on one of the barges of Luzviminda Construction company. On Chinese vessels patrolling in the West Philippine Sea that are suspected to be part of maritime militia, he said their ships would come near Pag-asa island and go around. Referring to the BFAR ship docked approximately 5 nautical miles from the beach ramp, he said they would sometimes come that close. Catacutan has not been to his home in Pampanga since January. To contact his family, he said he has to buy a cellphone load worth P399 (roaming) that is only good for 24 hours.
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Emilio Liwanag Naval Station in Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan Group of Islands, Palawan.
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Aerial view of Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan Group of Islands, Palawan as seen from the cockpit of a PAF C-130T. At left is its old runway. It is 1,290 meters long with a macadam surface which uses crushed corals. As of now, only 850 meters is being utilized for landing and take-off. At the other end is a Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ship.
INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON




Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tours the Philippine-claimed Thitu Island during his visit to the Spratlys Group of islands off the disputed South China Sea in western Philippines Friday, April 21, 2017.  The visit Friday was aimed to assert the country's claim to the heartland of a disputed area where China is believed to have added missiles on man-made islands. The South China Sea issue is expected to be discussed in the 20th ASEAN Summit of Leaders next week.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #72 on: June 14, 2020, 05:08:40 AM »
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Holding Ground, Building Hope on Pag-Asa Island
June 12, 2020

PAG-ASA ISLAND, West Philippine Sea—Chinese ships in their line of vision have become part of the daily life of Filipinos who call this speck of land smack in the middle of the South China Sea home.

The island’s name means “hope” in the native tongue, and it shelters some 100 Filipinos on the front line of a potentially dangerous international maritime dispute.

The Philippine government has just concluded two important rehabilitation projects on Pag-asa: a beaching ramp (overseen by the Department of National Defense) that was inaugurated on June 9, and a sheltered port (supervised by the Department of Transportation) that is to be turned over to the local government today, Independence Day.

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #73 on: June 14, 2020, 05:13:33 AM »
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/188410/holding-ground-building-hope-on-pag-asa-island


No, the ship closest to the island is not one of the Chinese vessels frequently spotted by Pag-asa residents but a Philippine boat from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Those behind it, though, are Chinese ships. Inquirer Photo/Lyn Rillon
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Cloma Shrine in memory of Admiral Tomas Cloma, founder of Freedomland/ Kalayaan Island Group. Inquirer Photo/Lyn Rillon
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A Philippine Air Force C-130 lands on Pag-asa on ay 28, bringing Navy and defense officials along with Inquirer journalists for an inspection of major infrastructure projects on the island. Inquirer Photo/Lyn Rillon
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Navy personnel on the new beach ramp of Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan Group of Islands, Palawan. Inquirer Photo/Lyn Rillon

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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #74 on: June 14, 2020, 05:27:13 AM »
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/188510/pag-asa-gets-upgrade-amid-china-objection

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Runway next

With the completion of the beaching ramp and the sheltered port on Pag-asa, the government is now setting its sights on the repair of the decrepit runway, which mirrors the neglected state of the Philippine-held islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea.

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Pag-asa’s 1.3-kilometer airstrip, called Rancudo Air Field, is grassy and unpaved, with eroded tips. Only 850 meters of it is currently usable, posing a challenge to pilots to land big military planes.

At least three days straight of sunny weather and zero rainfall are needed to be able to land planes on the island. Rain turns the runway to mud, making it too soft for planes to land on.

Ironically, the Philippines was the first of the claimant-countries in the South China Sea to build an airstrip in the Spratlys in the 1970s. It has since lagged behind in development.

Fourteen miles away from Pag-asa is Zamora (Subi) Reef, which China has transformed into a sprawling military outpost with a 3-km runway, hangars, radars, missile shelters and weapons systems. It’s just one of the seven massive Chinese man-made islands in the Spratlys.


The next phase of Pag-asa Island rehabilitation project is the repair of the unpaved runway. (Lyn Rillon)