PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu accepted two units of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) donated by the Federal Republic of Germany at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila, Thursday, June 9, 2022.
CG Admiral Abu conveyed his sincere appreciation to the German government, represented by Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) Country Director Immanuel Gebhardt, for its continued support of the PCG’s capability development.
“We recognized the emerging importance of unmanned systems in the performance of coast guard functions. More than its contribution to maritime surveillance for drug interdiction, illegal fishing operations, marine pollution, and other nefarious activities, these UAVs can improve PCG disaster response and relief operations, particularly in damage assessment and in identifying areas where relief operations are badly needed,” the PCG Commandant said.
“The UAVs will also be utilized to provide imagery for reconnaissance purposes and generate high-resolution maps that can be used for a variety of maritime scenarios, such as rapid damage assessment of an oil spill incident or a quick survey of an area of interest for possible unlawful acts at sea,” he added.
“For these, the PCG and the whole Filipino Nation are truly grateful to the German Government. We are looking forward to our continued engagement and fostering a stronger partnership with our German friends,” CG Admiral Abu ended.