Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff General Felimon Santos Jr. recently visited the Nido and Mantinloc oil fields which the military will use to boost awareness efforts on the country’s maritime territories.
“This is a very good development for the Armed Forces as it will increase our maritime domain awareness and our operational reach,” Santos said.
According to AFP public affairs office head Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, the said oil fields produced 31 million barrels of oil in its more than four decades of operations before it was closed in November last year.
Zata added that the said area was being manned by AFP personnel to monitor maritime movement within its vicinity.
“They can communicate with other passing vessels in the area and report the same to higher headquarters,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Santos mentioned that oil facilities in Nido and Matinloc in Palawan could also be utilized as a shelter for fisherfolk and researchers from various government agencies.
Apart from the mentioned oil fields, Santos also visited the Joint Task Force Malampaya headquarters where he met its commander, Navy Captain Donn Anthony Miraflor.
Under the AFP’s Western Command, the Joint Task Force Malampaya guards the Malampaya Natural Gas Project from potential terror attacks and security threats.