PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST SHIPS (PARAS)
 
 

The Philippine government has exerted all efforts to improve countermeasures at the national level and welcomes other countries’ initiatives to promote regional cooperation particularly on matters concerning prompt information exchange; technical cooperation through personnel education and preservation of relevant technologies, equipment and facilities; and the continuous holding of experts’ conferences. With this, the Philippine Government has consolidated the following initiatives and countermeasures:
Information Exchange

  • Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (RECAAP): Information Sharing Center (ISC)

The Agreement was signed on 12 September 2005. As called for in the agreement, an Information Sharing Center (ISC) was established to:

  • To promote close cooperation among the contracting Parties, namely, the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus the People's Republic of Bangladesh, People's Republic of China, Republic of India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
  • The Philippines launched its ISC in 2007, which is located at the Headquarters of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the designated Philippine Focal Point of the ReCAAP-ISC.

Coordination resulted to the recovery last 2012 of the following;

  •   Barge Wantas 7 in Cagayancillo, Palawan seajack in Indonesia
  •   Barge MT WOODMAN and WOODMAN 39 in Sarangani commandeered by pirates in the boundary of the Philippines and Malaysia         

 

Capacity Building

  • The Creation of the National Coast Watch System

Under the Executive Order 57, s 2011, it is a Central Inter Agency mechanism for coordinated and coherent approach on maritime issues and maritime security operations towards enhance governance in the country’s maritime domain.

  • Chaired by the Executive Secretary

 

  • Members

Secretary of Transportation and Communication
Secretary of National Defense
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Secretary of Interior and Local Government
Secretary of Justice
Secretary of Finance
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
Secretary of Agriculture

  • POEA Memorandum Circular 02, Series of 2010

 

Forged between the labor department and seafarers groups, manning and shipping sectors, the International Labor Organization, and the International Maritime Organization.

The memorandum requires:

  •  seafarers to undergo training on practical measures to avoid, deter, or delay piracy/ attacks prior to deployment.
  •  The anti-piracy training is separate the regular pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS)
  •  submission to the POEA a list of all the trainees each month.
  • Technical Working Group on Filipino Seafarers

The Technical Working Group (TWG) among law enforcement agencies was formed to formulate measures that will address and prevent/minimized Filipinos from being victims of piracy at sea. The TWG is Chaired by DFA and PCTC serves as the Secretariat.

International Cooperation
On February 22, 2014 the second Japan-Philippines Dialogue on Maritime and Oceanic Affairs was held in Manila, at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
Both sides exchanged views on how to promote the bilateral cooperation in the maritime field, and shared the recognition on the maritime issues in the region and the international society such as anti-piracy measures.
 In addition, the Japanese side expressed its intention to continue to support the capacity building of the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine side welcomed it. Moreover, both sides shared the recognition that they will further strengthen the cooperation between the defense authorities. Regarding the issues of piracy and armed robbery in Asian and Somalia, it was confirmed that the two countries will further strengthen the efforts against such issues through the utilization of the ReCAAP and other frameworks and the assistance for enhancing the maritime law enforcement capabilities of the countries near the piracy prone area.

 
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