The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) activated on a vessel traffic monitoring system (VTMS) in the Pasig River to keep of track maritime traffic as well as provide additional security for Malacañang Palace grounds and its environs.
In a Facebook post September 21, the PCG said VTMS Pasig will be operated at the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound, and its blessing and inauguration took place on Wednesday.
PCG commandant, Admiral Artemio Abu, and PSG commander Brig. Gen. Ramon Zagala were present during the ceremonies, along with other ranking officials of the maritime law enforcement body.
“The newly inaugurated VTMS Pasig’s core mission is to enhance vessel traffic management through real-time monitoring and 24/7 surveillance, efficient routing, and critical coordination within the Pasig River, as well as provide additional security for the Malacañang premises,” PCG said.
PCG Maritime Safety Services Command (MSSC) head Vice Admiral Joseph Coyme, who spearheaded the initiative, said he presented the VTMS Pasig project to Zagala some five months ago “as an integral security component of Malacañang.”
And despite challenges, the PCG official said the project was successfully completed.
“He, then, extended his gratitude to different PCG units for their contribution to the successful completion of the VTMS project. CG (Coast Guard) Vice Admiral Coyme also emphasized that VTMS Pasig is a testament to the MSSC’s steadfast commitment to strengthen its maritime safety enforcement campaign,” the PCG noted.
The facility will be manned by VTMS operators from the MSSC’s Navigational Safety Services Unit.
“The inauguration of this VTMS is a significant step forward for the Philippine Coast Guard that reflects our commitment to the highest standards of safety, security and efficiency,” Abu pointed out.
VTMS Pasig relies on technologies, including CCTV cameras and advanced sensors strategically placed along the Pasig riverbank, offering operators a comprehensive view of the maritime situation of watercraft transiting the Pasig River.