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NOLCOM’s air and surface patrols ensure maritime border security

CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City — The Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Fernyl G. Buca PAF, has achieved remarkable milestones in its continuing territorial defense operations, through the continued decisive air and surface patrols in its maritime borders.

From 1st quarter of 2023 to the present, NOLCOM, in conjunction with the Area Task Force-North, an inter-agency coordinating body operating under the umbrella of the National Task Force – West Philippine Sea, headed by the COMNOLCOM, has undertaken a total of 60 successful air patrols and 30 surface patrols, ensuring the nation’s territorial security.

NOLCOM’s dedication is particularly evident in its comprehensive maritime surveillance efforts. The Command’s Littoral Monitoring Detachment strategically positioned in Bani, Zambales; Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte; Batan and Mavulis both of Batanes monitored a total of 22,474 foreign and domestic vessels in the NOLCOM Maritime Areas, playing a crucial role in safeguarding the Philippines’ maritime borders.

“NOLCOM will continue to launch maritime patrols (MarPat) in collaboration with key government agencies such as the Philippine Coastguard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to ensure the safety of our fellow Filipino especially our fishermen and protect our marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations,” said Buca.

MARPAT is a NOLCOM routine security patrol that covers three (3) maritime areas; the vast, resource-rich maritime area includes the Bajo De Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea, the uncontested Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) and the Batanes Strait. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbinhttp://unlinews.org
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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