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PH navy barracks, rural well being middle in Pagasa Island

China asserted its sovereign rights over Pagasa Island on Thursday, accusing the Philippines, in return, of “illegally occupying” the area.

Philippine soldier Tychico Octobre patrols a seaside in Pagasa Island (Thitu Island) on the Spratly group of islands within the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on Might 11, 2015. The Spratlys are thought of a possible Asian flashpoint, and claimant nations have expressed alarm as China has launched into large reclamation exercise. AFP PHOTO / POOL / RITCHIE B. TONGO

PAGASA ISLAND, West Philippine Sea — In step with the federal government’s bid to spice up Filipino presence within the West Philippine Sea and forestall “unlawful incursions of China,” a Philippine Navy barracks and a Tremendous Rural Well being Unit will quickly be in-built Pagasa Island within the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri flew to Pagasa Island on Thursday to steer the groundbreaking ceremony of the 2 infrastructure initiatives.

READ: China claims sovereignty over Pagasa Island; accuses PH of encroachment

Together with him have been Senate Majority Chief Joel Villanueva and Deputy Majority Chief JV Ejercito.

In his opening speech, Zubiri labelled the senators’ go to to the island as historic. He then expressed pleasure, stating that the chamber’s endeavors don’t finish in phrases, but in addition transpire to actions.

“Ang funding natin sa infrastructure sa Pag-asa Island at sa Kalayaan ay funding sa ating seguridad sa West Philippine Sea,” stated Zubiri.

(Our funding to infrastructure initiatives in Pagasa Island and Kalayaan is our funding to our safety within the West Philippine Sea.)

“It can present China and the remainder of the world na could thriving neighborhood sa Kalayaan at could functioning army unit prepared to enhance our patrols in our territory and unique financial zone,” he emphasised.

(It can present China and the remainder of the world that we’ve a thriving neighborhood in Kalayaan and that we’ve a functioning army unit prepared to enhance our patrols in our territory and unique financial zone.)

In the meantime, Zubiri stated the Tremendous Rural Well being Unit shall be geared up with laboratory and birthing amenities.

Whereas the eventual institution of the stated infrastructures is already a momentous change, the Senate chief emphasised that it’ll not be the top.

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“That is simply the beginning. We’ll proceed to strengthen our protection posture right here in Kalayaan, and we’ll proceed to assist the event of the municipality as a thriving neighborhood and a full of life economic system, and even an ecotourism vacation spot right here in Palawan,” stated Zubiri

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