By Chito A. Chavez
All types of sea vessels will be banned from sailing within the vicinity of Manila Bay from November 5 to November 16 to give way to security measures for the upcoming 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Catalino S. Cuy, concurrently chairman of the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR), said that a “no sail zone” will be set in the vicinity waters of H2O Hotel, Manila to Okada Hotel, and New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City.
During the no sail zone period, no vessel of any kind shall be allowed to pass through the areas for the entire 12 days.
“Maximum maritime security is part of our safety preparations to ensure that the short stay of our ASEAN delegates in our country will be as peaceful, safe, and secure as possible,” Cuy said.
He noted the shoreline from H2O Hotel to the mouth of Pasig River will be designated as a controlled zone during the same period. A controlled zone, he explains, means that all vessels coming in and out of the shoreline will be escorted by patrol boats of the Philippine Coast Guard (PSG).
The implementation of the no sail zone and the controlled zone excludes vicinity waters within one nautical mile from the aforementioned areas.
Cuy explained that all ASEAN vessels will be required to submit their manifest of passengers to the PCG three days prior to docking while all passenger vehicles will be required to submit their manifest one day before docking or sailing.
“We are covering all fronts because the safety and security of our delegates is our primordial concern. We therefore request for the full cooperation and understanding of our seafarers so that the upcoming ASEAN summit will be safe and incident-free,” he added.
The PCG will form part of the 59,000 troops to be deployed by the national government to key strategic areas in Metro Manila and Pampanga as part of the safety and security measures for the ASEAN Summit.
Permit to carry guns suspended
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday ordered the suspension of all Permits to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFORs) in Regions 3, 4A, and the National Capital Region (NCR) from November 1 to 15, 2017, in view of the country’s hosting of the ASEAN Summit 2017.
Dela Rosa said only the following are authorized to bear, carry, or transport firearms or other deadly weapons during the period are regular members or officers of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) of the Government, provided that when in the possession of firearm, they are in the regular plantilla of these agencies and are receiving regular compensation for the services rendered; in the agency-prescribed uniform showing clearly and legibly their name, rank, and serial number or in case rank and serial number are inapplicable, his agency-issued identification card showing clearly his name and position, which identification card shall remain visible at all times; duly licensed to possess firearm and to carry the same outside of residence by means of a valid Mission Order or Letter Order, and in the actual performance of official duty or going to or returning from his residence/barracks or official station.
Among the LEAs of the government include the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections, Department of Justice, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Customs, Port Police Department, Philippine Ports Authority; Philippine Economic Zone Authority police forces, Government guard forces as regulated by the PNP, Bureau of Investigation Law and Investigation Division and Intelligence Division, Manila International Airport Authority Police Force, law Enforcement Service of the Land Transportation Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Internal Security Operations Group of the Witness Protection, Security and Benefits Program of DoJ, Enforcement and Investigation Division Optical Media Board, BangkoSental ng Pilipinas; Inspection Service of the Philippine Postal Corporation, National Police Commission, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine Center for Transnational Crimes, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Presidential Security Group, among others. (With a report from Francis T. Wakefield)
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