The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officially handed over new equipment to the PCG districts monitoring over the Sulu and Celebes Sea, boosting maritime law enforcement and security in the region.
The PCG announced on Facebook on Tuesday that 40 QR code scanners and seven rugged laptops were handed over in a ceremony attended by PCG leadership and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
One thermal camera will also come in October for the Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi provinces, according to the PCG.
“The Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao and Coast Guard District Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will utilize the donated equipment as the Districts responsible for safeguarding the ZamBaSulTa region,” the PCG said.
The donated equipment, according to the organization, will “significantly improve” the implementation of the Safety, Security, and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) by giving each boat a unique identification number, increasing resistance to duplication or tampering, making illegal boats easier to detect, and automating the process of accessing boat information.
PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. oversaw the ceremony, which included a virtual turnover ceremony dubbed “Virtual Handover Ceremony of Security Enhancement Equipment.”