AS part of efforts to help the government in the fight against COVID-19, the Philippine Navy (PN) has deployed personnel and assets in several entry points in Luzon to beef up security measures as part of thr implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine .
With the cooperation of the Philippine Coast Guard(PCG), the Navy activated Task Group Laban Covid-19 (Water Cluster) composed of their personnel and sea assets to conduct Maritime Patrol (MARPAT) off the waters in Manila.
The command post, under the supervision of Naval Task Group– National Capital Region (NTG-NCR), aims to intercept and deny entry and exit of commercial passenger watercraft to and from the vicinity of Manila Bay.
This is in accordance to the guidelines of Enhanced Community Quarantine suspending all sea travels in and out of Luzon unless falling under the special exemption.
The Philippine Navy also deployed its 2nd Patrol Boat Division, comprised of four patrol boats and its personnel, to complement vessels from the PCG in executing seaborne security measures.
There are also two Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) with personnel from the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) ready for deployment to Sangley Point, Cavite City.
The MARPAT efforts of the PN and PCG complement all land quarantine assistance stations (QAS) or checkpoints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies in accordance to the Luzon quarantine guidelines.
This to ensure that people from outside do not enter NCR by sea and vice versa, thereby risking the spread of the virus.
Naval Task Group NCR Commander Captain Lemuel Espartinez assured the public that what they are doing is for the safety of the public against COVID -19.
"What we are doing right now is not for any reason but for the safety of all Filipinos against this pandemic virus. We pray that this COVID-19 be eliminated in our country as soon as possible through our efforts in coordination with other government agencies. This is everybody's concern, let's urge our love ones, relatives and friends to help us by staying at home and follow government's advice," said Espartinez.
Espartinez added that sailors and Marines from the Philippine Navy along with other branches of the AFP, the PNP and the health workers are working together in the frontlines to serve the Filipino people and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.