Background

The
Philippine has been working hard
for the last few decades to find a solution for the illegal trades that take
place across the coastlines
and water boarder. The problem of
piracy in the southern part of the Philippines seems to be complicated
due to the involvement
of several pirates from
kidnapping and human trafficking to drug smuggling and illegal trade. The issue
seems to be out of control, and far from being solved.  The main reason behind this all is the long
extended, unprotected coastline that requires lots of maritime force, which is
a major financial challenge
to the Philippines.

The purpose of this study is to utilize the local manpower and skills
available to design and build a patrol boat for the Philippine National Police
Maritime Group. Along with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Navy
(PN), these above mentioned three entities are the ones dedicated to ensure
safety and protect Philippine territorial waters, lakes, and rivers along
coastal areas.  With the complex
structure of the islands composition of the Philippines, fast, reliable and
efficient patrol boats are essential for the PNP-MG to perform excellently.

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            The
designed vessel would be bigger than
the usual gunboat to carry more equipment and troops. The addition of an extra
deck to provide more space for the equipment and armaments is one of her main features. The
hull would be a
semi-planning type and is
constructed with
steel materials to strengthen the vessel.
With more capacity, she
can carry more rigid hull inflatable boats that
can be easily deployed on operations and more fuel to cover vast areas in
patrolling of the country.

            These
patrol boats would be position on strategic places such as Palawan and Mindanao where illegal
fishing, terrorism, and human
trafficking is rampant. It can be used during hot pursuit operations where
speed is necessary.  With her bigger size, she would appear more
intimidating than the usual gunboats of PNP-MG, more capable of suppressing illegal boats, and can
perform more tasks.

            Since
Philippine
maritime fleet is limited, these boats are not limited for police operations;
they can also provide assistance during natural disasters such as relief
operations and humanitarian purposes, search and rescue, and can respond
quickly to ship collisions and tragedies.