Government scrambles to boost maritime security

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Government scrambles to boost maritime security

By Miguel Ortilla, CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (Philippines) — The National Coast Watch Center (NCWC)  is supposed to be a state-of-the-art facility that will monitor the Philippines’ 36,000 kilometer-coastline.

The problem is it’s not working yet.

Just this month, the center failed to monitor two incidents off Batanes Island — a military exercise by China and a two-hour standoff between Philippine Coast Guard and its Taiwanese counterpart.

Commodore Joel Garcia, NCWC director, admits the system at this time does not see scenarios in real time.

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