Stakeholders discuss security issues ahead of 2017 dive season



Standing (L-R): Maj. Glenn Destriza PN (M) WESCOM, Lt. Col. Dennis Michael Ituriaga PM (3MBDE), Mr. Jose Buenconsejo (PDRRMO), Commo Allan Ferdinand V Cusi FP (WESCOM), Ms. Angelique Songco (TRNP PASU), Mr. Mark Bratschi (DSCHUBBA), Mr. Nazario Gabinete (M/Y ZAMERDIUS), Mr. Dino Pangioñi (M/Y SAKURA), CAPT. Rommel Anthony Reyes PN (NFW), ENS Peter Mathew Herminado PCG (CGD-Pal); Sitting (R-L): Lt. Col. Felix M Balanza Jr PAF (570 CTW), PO3 Absalon A Beronio PNP (PNP-Maritime); Mr. Segundo Conales Jr (TRNP-MPR), PENS Harvy Cerdena PCG (CGD-Pal), and Mr. Cresencio Caranay Jr. (TRNP-MPR)

PUERTO PRINCESA – In preparation for the scuba diving season, various agencies converged to discuss intensified security arrangements for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, 09 February.

The group recognized that tourism is one of the main drivers of the Philippine economy and articulated the need to protect it at all cost. Commodore Allan Ferdinand Cusi of the Western Command presided over the meeting. Other participants were the 3rd Marine Brigade of Philippine Marines, the Naval Forces Northwest, the 570 Command Tactical Wing of the Philippine Airforce, the Philippine Coast Guard District-Palawan, the Provincial Government Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office, scuba diving operators, and the Tubbataha Management Office.