Philippines: USS Guardian Grounding Damage Compensated

On 20 January 2015, the Philippine Government received from the U.S. government the requested amount of USD 1,9 million as compensation for the damage caused to Tubbataha Reef by the grounding of the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 10).

The compensation will be utilized for the protection and rehabilitation of Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Portions of the fund will also be used to further enhance capability to monitor the area and prevent similar incidents in the future.

In addition to the compensation received, the US government is also providing additional assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard to upgrade the PCG Substation in Tubbataha.

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