Bags of smuggled cigarettes seized in Sulu – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019   •   773

MANILA, Philippines – Three bags containing alleged smuggled cigarettes from Malaysia were seized in a vessel at the Port of Jolo, Sulu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

The PCG said the bags of cigarettes were found on board a ship en route to Zamboanga City on December 2.

Based on its inventory, the bags contained a total of 77 reams of menthol cigarettes estimated to have a market value of P30,800.

The PCG said its personnel confiscated the items after no one appeared to claim to be its owner following a random inspection on the vessel.

The seized items were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Jolo for further investigation.

PH Coast Guard to conduct maritime exercises in Southern Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is conducting maritime exercises in the waters of Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi from June 21 to June 27.

The exercises will gauge the capability of PCG’s recently acquired ship-based and coastal monitoring and communications capabilities for search and rescue (SAR) and law enforcement.

“Rest assured we will sustain our previous efforts in securing our maritime jurisdiction, especially the frontiers where we are needed most,” said PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia.

The exercises will be held along Sibutu Passage and Basilan Strait where series of kidnapping and piracy incidents were reported in previous years.

This effort, Ursabia said, is to ensure the safety and protection of the Philippine maritime jurisdiction.

“Moreso, vessel traffic monitoring and search and rescue facilities at the Sibutu passage and Basilan Straits are now in place. Vessels transiting this area are already better assured that a PCG unit can hear their distress calls from up to a hundred miles away,” he said.

All vessels to be used in the exercises have already been positioned at Sibutu Passage and Basilan Strait to provide rescue assistance in case of emergency. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Over 3,000 passengers stranded in ports due to Tropical Storm Dante — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 3,007 passengers were stranded in various ports in the country amid the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.

In its latest update, the PCG said the stranded passengers, including driver and cargo helpers, were monitored in the ports of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Northeastern Mindanao, and Bicol regions.

Of the total stranded passengers, 1,433 were recorded in Eastern Visayas, 411 in Central Visayas, 325 in Southern Tagalog, 44 in Northeastern Mindanao, and 794 in Bicol.

The coast guard said 73 vessels, three motorbancas, and 792 rolling cargoes were also prohibited from setting sail amid the storm.

Meanwhile, 87 vessels and 84 motorbancas are taking shelter as a precautionary measure against the possible threat of the storm.

“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” it said.

Based on the latest weather bulletin from the state weather bureau, Tropical Storm Dante was estimated over the coastal waters of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, or 45 kilometers east southeast of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is moving west-northwestward at 25 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over 24 areas including Metro Manila.

The PCG said that its deployable response groups deployed in the affected areas are all set for possible evacuation or rescue operations in coordination with their respective local government units.

DA service boat carrying COVID-19 vaccines capsizes in Quezon

UNTV News   •   May 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A service boat carrying boxes of COVID-19 vaccines capsized in waters off Quezon Province on Thursday.

According to a report, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) responded to the maritime incident involving the service boat of the Department of Agriculture that capsized at approximately 100 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Ungos, Real, Quezon at around 7:55 a.m. on May 13, 2021.

On board the said boat were two boxes of COVID-19 vaccines; two Department of Health (DOH) personnel; two police officers of the Municipal Police Station (MPS) Polillo, as well as the boat captain and motorman.

According to the passengers, the DA service boat accidentally hit a concrete post along the vicinity waters off Barangay Ungos, causing the vessel to capsize.

At around 8:30 a.m., all individuals were rescued and were declared in good physical condition.

The two DOH personnel accordingly made proper coordination with their respective units to check the condition of the COVID-19 vaccines and conduct appropriate measures.

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