US Ambassador Thomas to turn-over 4 new patrol boats to Mayor Hagedorn
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug. 9 (PNA)-- City Information Officer Alroben Goh on Monday said President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. are expected to lead the turn-over ceremonies scheduled on August 16 four new patron gun boats (PGB) at the PNP-SBU headquarters in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City.

The new patrol gun boats (PGB) complement the expanding force tasked to keep illegal activities off Puerto Princesa City’s waters.
"With this, raw power of four PGBs would be Puerto Princesa City’s newest ace in its attempt to keep poachers at bay," city mayor Edward Hagedorn said.

With the turn-over and blessing of these PGBs to the Philippine National Police - Maritime Group Special Boat Unit (PNP-MG SBU), the four new boats complement the existing marine floating assets of Puerto Princesa City’s award winning Bantay Dagat program.

Donation of gun boats to the local government units is a joint project of the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines.

According to Chief Police Superintendent Greg Rico Togonon of PNP-MG SBU, the boats also contain an assortment of paraphernalia including a Global Positioning System GPS) to pinpoint the exact location of apprehension, emergency and navigational lights, life vests, bull horns and is equipped with a makeshift restroom and cooking nook.

The type of engine installed on the boat will give poachers a good run for their money because of its amazing speed which could go several knots, the marine police said.

Set for immediate deployment in the hot seas of Sulu and the equally sizzling commercial fishing poaching areas of Tawi-Tawi, Mayor Hagedorn said the new boats allow the law enforcers enhanced and vigorous drive on its campaign against illegal fishing and other criminal activities. (PNA) LOR/Lyle B. Coruña