The Philippines is looking to develop “joint seaports,” which could be used by Filipino fishermen plying the West Philippine Sea (WPS), Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. said on Wednesday.
In an interview with PTV-4 “Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon,” the defense chief said these proposed joint seaports could also be used by Philippine Coast Guard vessels and will also feature piers, processing plants for the drying and canning of fish caught by Filipino fishers.
This is part of the “strategic basing” that will be pursued by the Philippines in future, he added.
Teodoro made this response when asked what the government is doing to secure Filipino fishermen venturing to the WPS to fish.
Also, when asked if he is willing to use naval vessels to help in the resupply of Philippine detachments in the WPS, Teodoro said that this is an “operational consideration” he cannot discuss for now.
“Well that is an operational consideration which I cannot talk about although all the options are being studied right now for some concrete action on the matter,” he added.
Aggressive Chinese actions in the October 22 resupply of the Philippine detachment aboard the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal led to two Filipino vessels being hit and damaged.