U.S. Hands Over Php3.7 Million in Equipment to Strengthen Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Capability

PNP-MG Director, Police Brigadier General John Jamili (left), shows the donated equipment alongside U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins.
PNP-MG Director, Police Brigadier General John Jamili (left), shows the donated equipment alongside U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins.

Manila, March 16, 2021 — On March 15, representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Coast Guard joined Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG) Director, Police Brigadier General John Mitchell Jamili, for the handover of Php3.65 million ($75,000) in U.S.-funded equipment at the PNP-MG Headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The donations support the ongoing Underwater Crime Scene Investigation program the United States has funded since 2016.  The equipment consists of 12 sets of scuba gear, underwater evidence collection items, and some related training equipment.

In his remarks, Director Jamili welcomed the continued cooperation with the United States to expand PNP-MG’s capabilities.  For her part, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins noted this donation was the latest assistance provided over the course of a long and productive relationship between U.S. government partners and PNP-MG.