AFP Western Command, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
September 1, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. held a situation briefing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

WESCOM Commander Vice Admiral (VADM) Alberto Carlos gave an overview of the situation in the Province of Palawan, bearing the good news that follows the official declaration of the Province as insurgency-free, which took place earlier today. He also shared the ongoing efforts being undertaken by the Command, which include the protection of the Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project.

In addition to conducting external security operations in neighboring countries, the Command also ensures that its personnel continue to occupy and establish an effective presence on around nine (9) Philippine-held islands, including Ayungin Shoal. They also regularly launch intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) flights to achieve wider coverage and better common operating picture in the West Philippine Sea.

The WESCOM takes pride in being known as the ‘Defenders and Patriots of the Last Frontier’. It is the military unit of the AFP that has jurisdiction over the country’s maritime territory, particularly the West Philippine Sea.