Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph S. Mercado (left), the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN) and Rear Adm. Lai Chung Han, Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (CNV, RSN) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Exchange of Information relating to White Shipping last May 14. Philippine Navy via Facebook
NAVAL STATION JOSE ANDRADA, Roxas Boulevard, Manila (DWDD) – The Philippine Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy signed over the weekend a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning the Exchange of Information relating to White Shipping.
Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S. Mercado, the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy and Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (CNV, RSN) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, Singapore on Sunday.
The MOU signing manifests the strong desire of both navies to further strengthen existing bilateral relations in order to enhance cooperation beneficial to the defense and security of both countries.
Core of this understanding emphasizes the need to enhance information sharing relating to White Shipping which generally covers general commercial ships, passenger liners, pleasure craft and fishing boats, which are non-military and non-government in nature.
“This MOU underscores the establishment of policies and procedures for the conduct of information sharing and reciprocal protection of information relating to White Shipping between the two nations in order to enhance maritime awareness in their respective areas,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement.
The MOU signing, at the same time, highlights the PN’s strong commitment and desire to enhance its maritime awareness through partnership and cooperation with the end in view of strengthening its security and protecting common maritime interests.
The MOU is part of the Philippine Navy’s participation to the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 50th Anniversary themed as “RSN50: Maritime Nation, Maritime Force” from May 11-19, 2017. NPAO / MCAG