ZAMBALES Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. announced recently that a Canadian firm has installed in Zambales the first multimillion peso-coastal surveillance system equipped with a satellite in the Philippines.”
The system worth $7.5 million was provided by Xanatus Maritime of Canada “for free,” he said. “It is a long-tern project beneficial to our province,” he added.
The project–Maritime Security Surveillance–will complement the Provincial Coast Watch System.
“This will enable us to monitor all activities of sea vessels within the coastal waters of the province and to eventually raise necessary revenues from duties and fees from sea vessel activities,” the governor said.
“With one stone hitting two birds, we also intend to protect our territorial waters from any possible incursion of foreign ships into our exclusive waters,” Ebdane added.
According to the governor, “movements positions, gross weights and ship cargos from Olongapo City to the town of Santa Cruz in Zambales can be monitored using the Canadian-installed surveillance system.” “Kung may kargang iligal, halimbawa, kontrabando, ay malalaman natin [If there is illegal cargo, for example, contraband, we will know, using the system]. We can later provide data to our national security agency,” he said.
It can be recalled that Panatag Shoal, a reef in the West Philippines Sea, is part of Masinloc town in Zambales is being claimed by China which has sent military ships and personnel to drive away Filipino fishermen in the area.