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US Embassy turns over police, medical facility in Tawi-Tawi

US-funded facility among projects boosting PH capability to protect territorial waters
/ 12:19 AM May 12, 2017
U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski, left, officially turns over to Philippine National Policy Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario a US-funded   policel and medical facility  in Tawi-Tawi, for the  Philippine National Police Maritime Group.  (Photo release from the US Embassy and available on the official website of the US Embassy in the Philippines)

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski, left, officially turns over to Philippine National Policy Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario a US-funded policel and medical facility in Tawi-Tawi, for the Philippine National Police Maritime Group. (Photo release from the US Embassy and available on the official website of the US Embassy in the Philippines)

MANILA — In a bid to boost the country’s capability to protect its territorial waters and ensure maritime safety, the United States formally turned over to Philippine authorities a police and medical facility in Tawi-Tawi.

US deputy chief of mission Michael Klecheski officially handed over on Wednesday the P75-million facility to Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations Ramon Apolinario.

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The Law Enforcement and Community Medical Facility will not only benefit the PNP Maritime Group, the Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Marines but will also serve as a community health center for the Turtle Islands.

Klecheski  said the facility, funded by the US Department of Defense Pacific Command-Joint Interagency Task Force West, would be in support of the two countries’ shared goal of reinforcing maritime public safety.

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The US embassy official said that the facility in Taganak Island, the largest of the Turtle Islands, would serve as a forward operations base for the PNP’s 1st Maritime Special Operations Unit and the Philippine Marines to secure the country’s southwestern sea border.

The facility will also provide the Turtle Islands its first community medical facility, according to Klecheski.  Construction of the facility began in 2012 and was completed last March.

Klecheski noted that the US government has been engaged for nearly a decade in helping develop the PNP Maritime Group’s special operations unit and has supported efforts to fortify maritime public safety in coastal Palawan and the Philippines’ sea border with Malaysia.

Since 2008 the US government has donated 10 patrol boats; constructed two PNP Maritime Group headquarters in Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa and in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; and built outstations in Balabac, Palawan, Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, and in Lantawan, Basilan.

Apart from facilities the US government has also provided extensive training and equipment to the PNP Maritime Group’s special operations unit, a project jointly managed by the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigations Training Assistance Program; and the US Defense Department’s Pacific Command Joint Interagency Task Force West.  SFM

This undated handout photo released by Conservation International on January 31, 2012 shows volunteers taking photos of a turtle making its way into the open sea at a remote sanctuary of Turtle islands, Tawi-Tawi province, in the Philippines southern island of Mindanao.  Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said.    AFP PHOTO / Rina Bernabe / Conservation International         --- EDITORS NOTE    RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE   MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Rina Bernabe / Conservation International --- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ONE TIME USE  NO ARCHIVES

Turtle islands, Tawi-Tawi province, AFP PHOTO / Rina Bernabe / Conservation International

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