Coast Guard suspends trips of all sea vessels in areas affected by TD ‘Usman’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 2018   •   3809

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard has ordered the suspension of trips of all sea vessels in the Bicol Region due to the effects of tropical depression ‘Usman’.

The order covers all types of vessels and watercrafts plying the routes to and from Sorsogon, Masbate and Ticao Island in Luzon; Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu and Camotes Island in Visayas; and Dinagat Island in Mindanao.

The order takes effect on Thursday (December 27).

The PCG-Surigao also suspended all sea travels from Surigao City in Surigao del Norte.

Meanwhile, bus operations with RoRo trips crossing areas placed under Signal Number 1 were also suspended, according to a directive from Chairman Martin Delgra  of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The PCG said all trips will resume once the weather and sea condition improves in the affected areas. – Marje Pelayo

Korean Coast Guard ship docks in PH for goodwill visit

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A Korean Coast Guard (KCG) training ship on Monday docked at the South Harbor in Manila for a five-day goodwill visit, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The Korean training ship 3011 Badaro and its contingents, headed by the President of KCG Senior Superintendent General Ko Myung Suk, were rendered arrival honors when they arrived on Monday morning.

The agency said the visit aims to nurture the bilateral relationship and partnership between the PCG and KCG.

“This is also in line with the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Republic of Korea. It also intends to promote mutual exchange and support to further the longstanding ties between the two countries and the two coastguards,” the PCG said in a press statement.

During the visit, Korean contingents are scheduled to tour PCG’s Command Center, National Coast Watch Center, CGK9 Unit and exchange visits to the two coastguard vessels.

The Korean vessel will stay in the Philippines until October 18.

PCG Central Visayas to use sniffing dogs to detect pork, pork products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas will use sniffing dogs to detect pork and pork products in the various ports in the region.

This is in response to the executive order of the Cebu provincial government which temporarily bans live hogs, pork, and pork products in the province.

The said ban aims to protect the region from the threat of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

The PCG Central Visayas will deploy sniffing dogs in ports including a golden retriever named ‘Poochie’ who is the first pork-detecting dog. Poochie can detect frozen, raw, processed, and canned meat.

According to PCG Central Visayas Spokesperson Lt. Junior Grade Michael Encina, they want to fill the gap in the detection capability of the PCG.

“We all know for the fact that Cebu is known for lechon and it’s not only the economic side ang maaapektuhan (that will be affected) but as well as the tourism factor. So isa rin po ito sa tinitingnang anggulo ng PCG (So that is also one of the angles the PCG is looking into),” he said.

“This capability ng ating Coastguard Central Visayas is to address iyong need natin for detection ng all pork or pork-related products coming here in the province of Cebu (This capability of our Coastguard Central Visayas is to address our need to detect all pork or pork-related products coming here in the province of Cebu),” Encina added.

Meanwhile, the PCG will train 30 more dogs which will aid in detecting pork and pork products. —AAC (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

PCG saves man after jumping off a ship in Sibuyan island

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) saved a 53-year-old man who jumped off a ship along the coast of Gallo island in Sibuyan on Monday (September 30).

Authorities reported that the man, identified as Carlito Cataylo, might have been suffering from depression.

The sea marshals that were on-duty at that time immediately saved Cataylo after his 60-year-old wife called out for help when he jumped from MV St. Michael de Archangel.

“Base doon sa report na natanggap namin medyo parang agitated siya. Nakainom pero noong tinanong parang may dinadaanan siyang depression, (Based on the report we received, he seemed agitated. He had a drink but when he was interviewed, it seemed like he is going through depression)” according to PCG Spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo.

Cataylo was immediately given first aid.

Experts say it is not easy for individuals who are suffering from depression. They advise relatives to talk to their loved ones who are suffering from the mental illness. It is also better to consult a specialist.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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