‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos’: Passengers’ influx seen in major Manila piers

admin   •   December 21, 2018   •   2250

Passengers at the North Port Passenger Terminal

MANILA, Philippines — Rainy weather has not become an obstacle for commuters traveling their way back to their provinces.

In Manila North Harbor Pier on Friday (December 21) the influx of passengers is significantly noted though there are no final data from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yet on the total number of passengers.

But according to PCG Spokesman Captain Armado Balilo, the number of passengers definitely increased.

As of 6:00 a.m. the number of outbound passengers has reached to 21,423 in 10 major piers across the country.

Commuters are advised not to bring deadly weapons and other sharp objects such as ice pick or knife to avoid delays.  — UNTV News & Rescue



Grab PH resumes 24/7 services in Manila, selected areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

Grab PH has announced the resumption of its 24/7 services in Manila and other selected areas across the country.

The new service hours for Grab PH will be effective October 20 in the following areas: Manila (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Pampanga (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Cebu (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Baguio (GrabTaxi), Naga (GrabTaxi), Bacolod (GrabTaxi), Iloilo (GrabTaxi), Cagayan de Oro (GrabTaxi) & Davao (GrabTaxi).

The ride-hailing firm also reminded passengers about the minimum health safety protocols that must be observed, including wearing of face masks and face shields in public transportation.

Grab will also implement cashless payment as mandated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). AAC

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PCG officer to receive international award after saving 62 lives in sea tragedy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2020

Probationary Ensign (P/Ens) Ralph O. Barajan will be awarded for his bravery after saving 62 lives when MV Siargao Princess sank in the waters of Cebu last November 2019.

Barajan will receive the 2020 International Maritime Organization – IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).


Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Sunday, October 11, 2020

PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr. commended the selfless efforts of P/Ens Barajan in ensuring the safety of his fellow Filipinos.

“P/Ens Barajan’s display of courage, determination, and presence of mind which led to the successful rescue of 62 victims, including himself is indeed worthy of emulation and respect for him, his family, and for the PCG – as a perfect demonstration of the Coast Guard service,” he said.

MV Siargao Princess, on November 2019, encountered big waves which resulted in flooding inside the vessel. It sank in less than ten minutes after an “abandon ship” order was declared.

“While floating on the water and waiting for rescue, P/Ens Barajan tied the lifejackets of passengers and crew members in groups so that everyone remained secured,” according to the PCG. AAC

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15 fishermen rescued after boat capsizes in waters off Pangasinan town – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen Filipino fishermen were rescued on Sunday after their boat capsized in waters off a town in Pangasinan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said its station in Pangasinan received a report on Sunday, Oct. 11 about the F/B Aqua Princess boat that capsized at vicinity waters of Agno town.

The boat was carrying the captain and 16 crew members.

Initial investigation showed the boat went on a fishing venture on Oct. 2.

Around Oct. 7, it was battered by big waves and eventually capsized.

The PCG said boat captain, Eddy Ariño instructed two crew members, Pedro Manalo and Jerby Regala, to use their service boat and proceed to the nearest Coast Guard Station to call for help. They left the rest of the crew clinging to the capsized boat’s outrigger.

The two fishermen reached the Coast Guard Sub-Station Infanta at Barangay Cato on Oct. 11 and reported the incident.

The PCG said it immediately deployed BRP MalaPascua to conduct search and rescue operations and issued a notice to transiting vessels within the vicinity to be on the lookout and render necessary assistance to Filipino fishermen if found.

“At around noon of 11 October 2020, the PCG Command Center received a message from Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, M/V Kumano Maru that they have found and safely rescued 15 Filipino fishermen of capsized motorbanca, F/B Aqua Princess at vicinity waters 75 nautical miles west of Agno, Pangasinan,” the agency said.

The rescued fishermen were then turned over by the foreign vessel to BRP Malapascua near Quinawan, Bagac in the province of Bataan.

After undergoing medical screening and health protocols, the PCG transported the fishermen back to their hometown in Infanta.


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