AS part of their effort to help the government in their continuous fight against COVID-19, the Philippine Navy deployed personnel in several entry points in Luzon to beef up security measures in support of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
With the cooperation of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Navy activated the 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 with the guideline of Enhanced Community Quarantine suspending all sea travels in and out of Luzon unless falling under the special exemption.
The Philippine Navy also deployed the 2nd Patrol Boat Division, composed of four patrol boats and 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) standing by for deployment in 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 with the Luzon quarantine guidelines.
This is to ensure that people from outside NCR do not enter the capita region by sea and vice versa, preventing people coming in or going out 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 loved ones, relatives and friends to help us by staying at home and follow government's advice," Espartinez said.
He stressed that the 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.