Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao to hold 4-day fleet training in Davao City

admin   •   October 25, 2017   •   4943

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy begins tomorrow the four-day unilateral fleet training exercise in the Davao Gulf which aims to test the capability of the four ships of the Philippine Navy.

These vessels are the ship 31, patrol craft 119, PC376 and the PC383.

“We will check the armaments, our guns. So this is a four-day activity. It will be participated by our naval reservists here in the Eastern Mindanao,” said Task Force Seahawk Commander Capt. Jose Ma. Ezpeleta.

The training includes testing the command and control of the ships, naval operations of the group, naval gunfire, and their capability in terms of humanitarian assistance disaster response at sea.

“When we see a better way when we conduct naval operations, we will also test it. Of course, the communication between ships,” said Ezpeleta.

Meanwhile, more or less 200 naval personnel will participate in the training like those from the naval special operations unit, naval task group 71 and naval reservists. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Davao LGU to require air passengers to file online form, secure QR code starting Oct. 12

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

The government of Davao City has announced it will soon require the submission of online form and QR code for passengers bound for Davao International Airport.

In an advisory, the city government said it is set to conduct a test run on Oct. 7 to Oct. 11 for the said policy, which is being eyed to be implemented starting Oct. 12.

The process seeks to improve the RT-PCR testing procedures for people arriving at the Davao International Airport by addressing issues pertaining to the convenience of passengers, the wellness and safety of the frontliners, and the speed with which confirmed COVID-19 positive passengers and those seated close to them on board are identified and located.

The city government said its IT department developed the online passenger data recording that needs to be completely filled out and submitted after the issuance of a boarding pass at the airport of origin.

This process will require passengers to use a smartphone, internet connection, and to prepare a valid ID, boarding pass, and their 24 hours to 72 hours negative RT-PCR test result, if they already have one.

The data captured is based on the same information that is required by the Department of Health during testing, the local government said.

“This move is envisioned to issue a unique QR code and create a no-contact, paperless recording of each arriving passenger and his test result,” it added.

During the test run, all passengers will be requested to use the online form to fast track testing and assignment of a holding facility.

A sample form published by the city government can be viewed here.

“We expect everyone’s full cooperation in our efforts to protect all Mindanawons from Covid-19,” it said.

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Fishermen rescued in sea waters off Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

Five fishermen were rescued on Monday (September 14) by navy troops in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.

The navy troops, onboard BA492, noticed four fishermen standing on a boat that capsized due to bad weather.

After rescuing the four, the troops were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized boat.

The boat master was recovered and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center. He was declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.

“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

The Philippine Navy extends their sympathy to the family of the boat master identified as 55-year-old Enricky Brocka. The Navy also assured they will provide assistance to victims of the accident. -AAC

Davao City’s Roxas night market to re-open Sept. 12

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2020

The Davao City government announced it is re-opening the Roxas Night Market on September 12, six months after the imposition of community quarantines to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement on Thursday, the city government assured the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), and Task Force Davao including the City Health Office, are ready to implement strict security and health protocols against the transmission of the virus.

DCPO Director, PCol. Kirby John Kraft has reminded the public to follow security measures such as the no-backpack policy, prohibition of bringing non-transparent water containers, and wearing of jackets that are part of the culture of security. 

Also, people going to the Roxas Night Market will undergo facial recognition by lowering the face mask for 3-5 seconds.

“One entrance, one exit policy” will also implemented and market-goers will be subjected to bag inspection and body temperature check at the entry point.

”We also put up a separate cubicle where inspection or search of all females will be conducted. We emphasize that it is for all the women, not only to those who are wearing the hijab to avoid discrimination,” Kraft said.

Roxas Night Market-goers are advised to bring their identification cards for security and contact tracing purposes.

City Health officers and Civil Security Unit (CSU) personnel will be present at the entrance to ensure that appropriate steps for the contact tracing will be enforced, the city government said.

“CCTV cameras were put at the entrances of every section of the Roxas night market in order to take clear images of those entering, as well as their respective ID’s,” said Angel Sumagaysay, the head of PSSCC. 

As part of the health protocols, people must always wear their face mask and face shield except when eating or drinking and observe a two-meter distance from other people. Handwashing stations and footbaths are also in place.

According to Kraft, more than 160 security personnel will be dispatched in the area.

He also called on the public to follow all the security and health protocols for everyone’s safety.

“Hinihingi naming ang kooperasyon po ng bawat dabawenyo at ang kanilang pakikiisa upang maging matagumpay itong atong reopening ng Roxas Night Market (We are asking for everyone’s cooperation for a successful reopening of the Roxas Night Market),” he said.

The Roxas night market is open from 5 p.m to 11 p.m.

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