PAG-ASA ISLAND, Spratlys - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday conducted an inspection of the disputed Pag-asa Island (Thitu).
Together with several military officials, Lorenzana toured the facilities on the island that the government is planning to repair.
It was Lorenzana's first visit in his capacity as Department of National Defense chief.
"Kaya kami nandito dahil maraming gusto ipagawa ang ating mahal na Presidente," he told the military personnel residing in the island.
He added that the government has allocated funds for the repair of the runway, and for the improvement of the sewage system and the living conditions of the soldiers.
The Defense chief also reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to turn Pag-asa Island into a marine research facility and tourist attraction.
"We will develop this into a tourism area and marine research (facility)," Lorenzana said.
"Maraming pupunta dito. Magandang tourist attraction," he added.
A fish port will also be built in the island. —KG, GMA News