In a virtual briefing on Monday, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo bared that troops are now being deployed to the retired Nido and Matinloc gas platforms which are being eyed for conversion into littoral monitoring stations (LMSs) by the Philippine Navy (PN).
“I would like to add also we have inspected the Nido platform and also the Matinloc platforms in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and we are putting Navy personnel in that area and also the Area Command (is) putting their personnel there and initially, we (will) develop that into littoral monitoring station(s),” said Bacordo, who on September 26 visited these facilities located off northeast Palawan.
According to Bacordo, the Nido platform will watch over the Recto Bank and the Matinloc platform will monitor the Malampaya gas field and the Malampaya platform.
Earlier, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it plans to convert the two retired gas platforms into LMSs for the Navy.
It was the Department of National Defense’s position to acquire these platforms and expeditiously transfer it to the AFP.