INL Manila Manager Cummins (second from left) hands over US donation of maritime first aid and tactical equipment to Director of PNP-MG PBGEN Tuzon (third from left) during a ceremony at the Philippine National Police Headquarters on August 16, too in the presence of (from the left) Mark Everson, INL Maritime Law Enforcement Advisor, Deputy Director of Administration of the PNP-MG computeroh. Jacob Macabali, PNP-MG Deputy Director of Operations PCol. jonathan Tangonanand PNP-MG Chief of Staff PCol. Policeman Abao.
Manila, August 17, 2022—On August 16, the United States government, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the Department of State, donated tactical and maritime first aid equipment from worth Php 3 million ($54,000) to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) to enhance the maritime law enforcement capacity of the Philippines.
PNP-MG Director Police Brigadier General Harold B. Tuzon accepted equipment from INL Manila Director Kelia Cummins and INL Maritime Law Enforcement Advisor Mark Everson, during a ceremony at the PNP-MG headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City.
“This donation is a tribute to the long-standing partnership between the PNP-MG and the United States, and will help maintain public order, prevent crime and maintain homeland security,” the director said. of the PNP-MG, Tuzon.
The donation consists of binoculars, waterproof digital cameras, portable VHF radios and first aid kits, items identified by the PNP-MG as common requirements for regional maritime units and special operations units to perform more effective maritime domain surveillance and response through improved communications and trauma care.
“We are confident that these items will enhance the ability of the PNP-MG to operate more effectively and safely across the full spectrum of maritime law enforcement activities,” Director Cummins said.
INL and other US partners have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial partnership with PNP-MG for many years. U.S. support helped establish the PNP-MG special operations units in Palawan and Tawi-Tawi, while specialized programs built capacity in areas such as Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (UCSI ) and illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Additional donations to PNP-MG to support the UCSI are expected later this year.