The Philippine government has allocated PHP1 billion (USD18.7 million) to upgrade Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province, to make it accessible for the Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) current and future frigates, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on 9 July.
The improvements envisaged for the base include dredging, the provision of primary and secondary roads, installation of drainage systems, slope reinforcement works, a 152 x 12 m wharf, a 105 x 165 m beaching ramp, and a 225 x 20 m berthing area, among other things.
The bidding process for the project began a week earlier, PN spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata was quoted by the PNA as saying, adding that the upgrades are intended to address the basing needs of larger vessels such as the two 2,600-tonne frigates being built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the PN.
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