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Filipino pride: Two Navotas-made vessels to guard PH waters

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) launched on Thursday two new 50.5-meter steel-hulled Multi-Mission Offshore Vessels (MMOVs) at Josefa Slipways Inc. in Brgy. San Roque, Navotas City.

The vessels will be used to protect the Philippine waters against illegal fishing and for other purposes such as seaborne research activities and disaster relief or rescue operations.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Congressman Toby Tiangco and Mayor John Rey Tiangco witnessed the ceremony.

In his speech, Mayor Tiangco took pride in the workmanship of Navoteños and noted the growing industry of shipbuilding in Navotas.

“These vessels are the fruit of the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and skills of Navoteños. Our people are indeed the strength and treasures of our city,” he said.

“I have been to various shipbuilding and ship-repair conventions here and abroad when I was still head of the Metro Manila Shipyard Association. I am proud to say that the quality of the two new MMOVs are at par with those made in other countries,” he added.