MANILA - The Philippines will install at least 13 lighthouses across its northernmost islands, its national security chief said Wednesday.
National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon made the announcement after a site inspection at the northern Fuga Island 2 weeks ago.
Esperon said the lighthouses could amount to P20 million each.
“Guide 'yan sa navigation. It’s for safety of life at sea,” he said. “There’s also a very benign but very profound significance…it’s yours.”
This is the same logic behind the raising of the Philippine flag and construction of a fishermen’s shelter at Mavulis, the northernmost island.
While it provided aid to local fishermen, the shelter was a symbolic gesture of claiming the island for the Philippines.
Aside from a lighthouse, government also said it has more plans for Fuga Island, a strategically located island up north where Chinese businessmen were recently granted permission to turn it into a “Smart City,” or an electronic hub.
Esperon said the Smart City plans will be reviewed first.
“Yung plano nila is just a plan, so kung meron silang plano then we will look at it,” said Esperon. “They can always have their plans but we might put up a detachment there.”