The Philippine Navy has been given the go signal to build a detachment on Fuga Island, one of the strategic islands in Luzon being eyed for Chinese development
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) allowing the Navy to construct a base on the island was signed on Wednesday by Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) administrator Secretary Raul Lambino, Navy public affairs chief Lcmdr. Ma. Christina Roxas said in a statement.
Fuga Island is owned by Isla Fuga Pacific Resort Inc. and is only being managed by CEZA, which covers Santa Ana town in Cagayan and the islands of Barit and Mabbag in Aparri.
Fuga Island attracted attention in August after it was reported as one of the three strategic locations that Chinese investors want to develop into economic hubs.
The island with a population of about 2,500 is a coastal town in Babuyan archipelago, which enjoys access to both the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. It is also home to telecommunication cables.
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