The purpose of Operation Barracuda in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines on 09-18 January 2017, is to complement the maritime security component for the Philippines’ hosting of Miss Universe pageant in by providing selected maritime officers with a review of basic maritime topics and training on the INTERPOL I-24/7 system.

This was conducted within the framework of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme for Port and Maritime Security in the Philippines, an initiative which seeks to strengthen front line institutional capacity to combat terrorism, piracy and armed robbery by training the Philippine national law enforcement agencies in charge of port and maritime security, in order to reduce the vulnerability of ships and port facilities to security risks.

Pre-operational briefing was conducted on 9 to 11 January 2017, followed by a four-day operation from 12 to 17 January 2017 focusing on the maritime area surrounding the island of Mactan where the competition shall take place. INTERPOL, in cooperation with the National Coast Watch Secretariat selected officers for qualification training on the use of the I-24/7 system and hits management, fusion center 24-hour watch standing and operation of sea vision satellite – based vessel monitoring system.

The I-24/7 System Familiarization Training was attended by 6 representatives from the Organic Personnel from the Advance Command Post (ACP), 2 each from the Bureau of Immigration; PNP Regional Office 7 Scene of the Crime Operative Unit; PCTC-Visayas Field Office and one each from the Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine Navy; Bureau of Customs; Philippine Ports Authority and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.