By setting a goal of 1,000 recruits this year and purchasing new boats, the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) is boosting its assets and human resources.
In an interview on Saturday, MG Director Brig. Gen. John Mitchell Jamili noted that 377 new recruits have taken their oath for the first cycle of recruiting, and that the quota for the second cycle is 500, with the first cycle’s unfulfilled quota being added to the second cycle’s quota.
The MG would receive extra patrol boats under the Capability Enhancement Program, according to Jamili, as envisioned by PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
“We have also on our wish list to acquire bigger boats, also to patrol our Maritime Jurisdiction which could reach up to the exclusive economic zone. But since we are limited in number in the coastal areas because our water assets are not high-speed watercraft, we are also conducting regular maritime law enforcement within our limit of jurisdiction,” he said.
The MG, according to Jamili, is one of the PNP’s national operational support groups, responsible with performing all police tasks over Philippine territorial waters, including marine life preservation.
“We are anchored to it, what we are doing is to preserve and protect our marine and aquatic resources. The Maritime Group is conducting a coastal seaborne patrol on a weekly basis,” he said.
The regional chiefs have been asked by the higher headquarters to liaise with the various local government units for the acquisition and possession of lots for the construction of Regional Maritime Units (RMU) and maritime police stations.
He reiterated to the RMU Ilocos Region personnel the key thrusts of the PNP chief’s intensified cleanliness policy — cleanliness of the offices, cleanliness of ranks, and cleanliness of the community.