The Philippine Coast Guard has formally assumed responsibility to operate the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) facility and its equipment at the PHIVIDEC compound in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. In a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed today between Coast Guard Commandant ADMIRAL WILFREDO D. TAMAYO PCG and Philippine Veterans Development Industrial Corporation (PHIVIDEC) administrator Ms. NIMFA U. ALONG-ALBANIA at the VTMS control tower, the eight storey control tower equipped with three (3) radar data processor, a recording/playback processor, and two (2) JRV 500B VHF Transceiver will be manned and operated by the Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao based in Cagayan de Oro City.
Under the MOA, PCG personnel will provide personnel with technical capabilities to operate the VTMS but its operational overheads like water and power supply, and maintenance of the equipment will be shouldered by PHIVIDEC. The PCG aside from detailing personnel will also deploy at least two (2) sea craft in northern Mindanao to assist in the security not only of PHIVIDEC but all the vital installations in northern Mindanao coastal areas particularly in Misamis Oriental.
Admiral Tamayo lauded the transfer of the facility from PHIVIDEC to the Philippine Coast Guard. He said that the operation of the VTMS by the PCG will greatly contribute to safety at sea, optimizing its potentials in the broadcasting of the Notice to Mariners, weather bulletins and other maritime safety information.
The VTMS will improve the safety of vessel traffic by supervision of the entrance area, the anchorage area and the main route to Macajalar Bay. It will also boost the monitoring and surveillance of illegal activities such as piracy and armed robbery at sea.