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Philippines Coastwise Emblem

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[Philippines Coastwise Emblem] image by Miles Li, 6 July 2018


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Established by the Coastwise Trade Act of 1902; adopted in 1903; currently codified as Section 904, An Act to Revise and Codify the Tariff and Customs Laws of the Philippines, Republic Act No. 1937 of June 22, 1957:

"Vessels engaged in the Philippine coastwise trade shall fly at the mainmast the Philippine coastwise emblem, consisting of a rectangular white flag with one blue and one red stars ranged from staff to tip in the horizontal median line."

Philippine-registered vessels, licensed to engage in domestic trade, are required to fly this flag, thereby exempt the vessels from customs and quarantine requirements. A flag for similar purposes existed in the Republic of Texas in 1839.

Miles Li, 6 July 2018