(17 January 2023, Singapore) The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, represented by First Secretary Joyleen E. Santos, attended the 14th Nautical Forum on 17 January 2023 at the Hilton Singapore Orchard. Jointly organized by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA). The Forum was attended by around 150 participants from the maritime and enforcement agencies, foreign missions in Singapore, industry partners and shipping agencies, to discuss the situation of piracy and armed robbery in Asia as well as ways forward to mitigate these incidents at sea.
The Forum also served as an opportunity for ReCAAP ISC to share the highlights of its 2022 Annual Report, which is available at the ReCAAP ISC website. According to the Report, there was a 2% increase in the total number of incidents in the Singapore Straits in 2022 from 2021 figures, or 55 incidents up from 49 in 2021 and 34 in 2020. However, most of these cases were less severe than those that occurred in 2021 as these involved petty theft with the crews being unharmed.
During the Forum, CDR Benjamin G. Formentos, Jr., Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Intelligence, Philippine Coast Guard, also made a presentation on inter-agency cooperation and activities to sustain maritime security in the Sulu-Celebes Sea.
ReCAAP is the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The ReCAAP Agreement was launched in November 2006 with 14 Asian Contracting Parties, wherein the Philippines was one of the pioneering countries to sign the agreement. (END).