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AFP seeks 800 M pesos for Naval Base in Palawan

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang (April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will be asking eight hundred million pesos for the construction of a naval base in Oyster Bay Point in Palawan.

One of the AFP’s priorities right now is to build a naval base in an area near the Western Coastline of the country.

According to AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., the area where the naval base will be constructed will be part of the Western coastline, opposite the disputed Spratly Islands.

Catapang added that though the said project has been delayed due to lack of funds, they will do everything in order for it to push through.

The AFP official said that as soon as the naval base has been constructed, ships from the US, Japan and Vietnam may use this as their landing ports.

The construction of the said facility will need approximately eight hundred million pesos for its initial development and five billion pesos for it to be operational.

Furthermore, the AFP is in the process of building an access road on Oyster Bay.

There’s a chance that Japan may provide funding for the infrastructure projects inside the said base.  Palawan has a distance of 160 kilometers from the Spratlys.

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