The ReCAAP ISC has organised the 9th Capacity Building Workshop in Manila, Philippines on 21-23 Jun 16 with a total of 20 participants, including ReCAAP Focal Points and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The aims of the 2½-day workshop were to develop and enhance the capabilities of ReCAAP Focal Points representatives by sharing best practices, experiences on piracy and armed robbery countermeasures, and to further enhance rapport and facilitate networking among the participants. During the Workshop, IFN training for Focal Points was conducted. We organised a breakup group discussion to get inputs from Focal Points on the future of ReCAAP in order to contribute to the deliberations of the Working Group.
As part of sharing of information, best practices, experiences and challenges, the Workshop incorporated presentations on the Situation Update, the “Guide for small tanker operating in Asia against fuel/oil siphoning” and the “Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia”. In addition, there were three invited guest speakers from IMO, Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Maritime Industry Authority. MMEA participant also shared their views and experience on the situation off Sabah and Southern Philippines. The Workshop concluded with a visit to the National Coast Watch Centre located at the PCG Headquarters.