The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) elevated its alert status conducting intensified seaborne patrols in waters off Panglao as the 34-nation Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) started today at a beach resort in the town.
According to PCG Panglao Substation commander Petty Officer First Class Jay Pascua, tight security measures along the town’s coastline will be implemented round-the-clock.
The PCG in Panglao is being augmented by forces of the agency’s Tagbilaran City Substation, the police and other law enforcement units, said Pascua.
Some personnel of the PCG in Cebu were also dispatched to secure waters off the resort town.
Meanwhile, two patrol boats were deployed near the Be Grand and Henann Resorts where the delegates are staying, he added.
An all-aluminum patrol boat, the BRP Nueva Vizcaya is also temporarily stationed in the vicinity.
According to Pascua, boats including bancas are not allowed to go near the ACD’s venue.
The event has so far been peaceful and no threats have been seen to mar the four-day conference, said Pascua.
The ACD will be highlighted by the ACD Energy Working Group Meeting and the 1st East Asia Energy Forum.
The forum will tackle energy issues particularly the ACD Energy Action Plan, said the Department of Energy. (A. Doydora)