70 passengers rescued after motorbanca’s engine trouble at sea

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2019   •   337

MASBATE, Philippines – Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station in Masbate rescued 70 passengers of a motorbanca that encountered engine trouble at sea.

The sea vessel was plying the vicinity waters off San Miguel Island, Barangay Guinhadap, in the municipality of Monreal, Masbate going to Pilar, Sorsogon on Monday (December 16).

The PCG rescue team confirmed that the passengers were all safe.

All passengers were unharmed and were brought to Pilar Port.

PCG suspends search and rescue of sunken ship in Palawan; rescues 15 crew members

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) temporarily suspended the search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing crew members of the sunken LCT Lady Athena within the vicinity waters off Cambari Island, Araceli, Palawan.

According to PCG, the crew’s landing craft sank after they encountered strong winds and big waves, causing their vessel to list and eventually sink.

The incident happened in the afternoon of Wednesday (November 25).

Fourteen of the crewmen were able to board life rafts and were taken in by the PCG SAR team aboard MV Titan, while another crew member was rescued in the course of the search and rescue operations.

The PCG said it temporarily suspended the SAR operations due to heavy weather conditions.

It will resume the operation on Friday (November 27) to search for the ship’s craft master and chief engineer who are still missing.

The rescued mariners were transported to the Coast Guard Sub-Station in Araceli, Palawan, and were reported to be in good physical shape. MNP/Raymund David

Infra damage in Masbate quake estimated at P23.96M — DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines –  The damage to infrastructure brought by the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that hit Masbate and other areas was estimated to be at P23.96 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the DPWH said that several roads, bridges and buildings sustained damage due to the earthquake that struck on Tuesday morning.

Partial cost of damage on roads is at P5.64 million, bridges at P8.96 million, and public buildings at P9.35 million, it said.

Based on its monitoring, the DPWH said that all national roads and bridges are passable in Masbate Island but there are sections that sustained damage.

“Assessment revealed that the following sections along Masbate-Cataingan-Placer Road were damaged: expansion joint of Gahit Bridge at K0070+420 in Cataingan; slope protection of the abutments of Nipa Bridge at K0022+080 and expansion joint of Nabangig Bridge at K0077+150 both in Palanas,” the department said.

Other roads and bridges that were damaged due to the quake also include: girder of Pinangapugan Bridge at K0035+040, pile cap (jacketing) and slope protection of Impapanan Bridge at K0022+322, and girder of Marcella Bridge at K0022+080 all located in the town of Uson. Damaged to road pavement were also observed at K0034+920 – K0036+000, Uson; K0070+680, Palanas; K0077+150, Cataingan; and K0085+150 – K0085+250, Placer.

“The K0075+836 section of Cataingan-Poblacion Road in Barangay Poblacion, Cataingan, Masbate also sustained damage box culvert,” the DPWH said.

“In Camarines Sur, DPWH assessment team noted minor damage at bank protection of Panganiban Bridge at K0482+425 in Barangay Nierva, Nabua town,” it added.

The department said it has installed road warning signs and safety devices along affected sections to guide motoring public.

The DPWH’s Bureau of Maintenance also reported damage to the following public buildings and ports: walls, partitions, tiles and glass door of DPWH Masbate 3rd District Engineering Office Building in Balocawe, Dimasalang; damage on columns, walls, and partitions of Palanas Police Station Building in Poblacion, Palanas; damage on roofing and firewall of Inocencio Central School Building in Villa-Inonencio, Placer; Cataingan Public Market and Cataingan Port in Poblacion, Cataingan; and Dimasalang Port in Poblacion, Dimasalang town.

The department said its post-earthquake assessment teams have already been deployed on the ground to check the extent of damage caused by the strong earthquake that occurred close to Masbate Island.

Sink hole, lumitaw sa isang bayan sa Masbate matapos ang malakas na lindol

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2020

Isang sink hole ang nakita sa isang bayan ng Masbate matapos itong yanigin ng magnitude 6.6 na lindol noong Martes.

Ayon sa Masbate Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), ang malaking bitak ay nakita sa ilalim ng dagat sa Barangay Kasabangan sa bayan ng Pio V Corpus.

May lapad ito na hanggang dalawang metro.

Sa ngayon ay nilagyan na ito ng mga sandbag at signage ng mga residente.

Ayon sa PDRRMC, susuriin pa ito ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) at ng Mines and Geosciences Bureau ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Samantala, malalakas na aftershocks pa rin ang patuloy na nararanasan sa Masbate, partikular na sa bayan ng Cataingan na siyang sentro ng lindol.

Ayon kay Leny Torevillas, ang Officer in Charge ng PHIVOLCS-Masbate, aabot sa magnitude 5.2 ang pinakamalakas na naitalang aftershock at nasa 234 na ang bilang ng mga pagyanig na nararamdaman sa bayan ng Cataingan simula kahapon.

“So far, yung medyo malakas na aftershocks na sumunod duon sa malaking lindol kahapon na 8:03 ng umaga, around 5:50 yung orasay  magnitude of 5.2. As of now, meron pa tayong narecord na aftershocks,” ani Torevillas.

Batay sa pagsusuri ng PDRRMC, 16 na bahay ang napinsala ng lindol sa tatlong bayan, 25 silid-aralan naman sa 19 na elementary at high schools ang nasira.

Aabot sa P23 milyon ang tinatayang halaga ng napinsalang mga kalsada, tulay at mga gusali. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Gerry Galicia)

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