Coast Guard retrieves body in Binangonan, Rizal

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2019   •   891

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said it has retrieved a body floating in the water off a village in Binangonan, Rizal.

In a message posted on Facebook, the PCG said the body was found on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the vicinity waters off Batasin Area, Sitio Wawa in Barangay Libis.

The body has yet to be identified by authorities.

The PCG also did not say whether the body was of a male or a female.

The PCG said personnel from the Coast Guard Sub-Station in Talim Island conducted the search and retrieval operations, with the help of two barangay officials, following a report from a concerned citizen.  

The body was brought to a nearby funeral home following investigation in Binangonan Pritil wharf.

Cargo vessel rams into Pier of Manila North Harbor Port — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

A portion of the pier of Manila North Harbor Port sustained damage after it was rammed by a cargo vessel on Monday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the cargo vessel involved was MV Ocean Abundance, owned by Oceanic Container Lines Incorporated.

The agency said approximately five to ten meters of Pier 2 were damaged after the vessel hit it at around 3:10 a.m. on Monday.

Based on PCG’s initial probe, the ship had an engine problem and its reverse function malfunctioned.

Despite the damage on the pier as well on the vessel’s bow, the coast guard said there was no trace of oil spill in the area.

The incident is still being monitored, the PCG added.

No casualty in MV Moreta fire off Marikaban Island, Batangas — PCG

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately dispatched BRP Boracay to help in the fire incident involving a Philippine-registered cargo vessel, MV Moreta Venture southwest off Marikaban Island in Batangas  around 4:53 a.m. Monday (July 20).

Commodore Leovigildo Panopio of the PCG-Southern Tagalog reported that there was no casualty in the incident.

The fire was immediately contained and declared fire out at around 8:00 a.m.

BRP Boracay (FPB-2401) was berthed in Sta. Clara, Batangas City when the PCG Command Center received a distress call from said cargo vessel.

Said cargo vessel, which is now dead on the water and drifting, will be towed to the nearest port for safety. 

The PCG is now coordinating with the nearest tugboat in the vicinity waters for assistance.

PCG sues energy company over Iloilo oil spill

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard has filed a complaint against AC Energy, Inc. and its executives for the oil spill in Iloilo City last July 3.

The PCG filed the complaint at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code.

Based on the initial investigation of the PCG, they saw sufficient evidence to prove the negligence of the thermal energy firm.

If proven guilty, there will be an initial fine of P300,000 or up to P500,000 for damage. The company might also face suspension or closure.

“The PCG, as a law enforcement body in marine environmental protection, will ensure that the failure of one company serves as a relevant lesson to others. We need everyone’s cooperation to protect and conserve our limited marine resources,” said PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr.

The Iloilo oil spill caused contamination in some coastal areas in the city and 23 affected communities. Around 400 families were displaced and marine organisms were damaged.

READ: Mangrove trees likely to die due to oil spill in Iloilo, expert says

Meanwhile, authorities continue the cleanup operation where 90% of the spilled oil was already recovered. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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