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Paghahanap sa Mahigit 300 Nawawalang Mangingisda sa Gensan, Nagpapatuloy — PCG

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Si Task Force Maritime Search and Rescue Gensan Spokesperson Lt. Commander Lued Lincuna ng Philippine Navy, habang ipinapakita ang graph ng location ng Search and Rescue operation ng Navy at Coast Guard sa apektadong lugar ng Typhoon Bopha o Bagyong Pablo sa General Santos City, nitong Martes, December 11, 2012. (UNTV / PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Patuloy pa rin ang ginagawang paghahanap ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) sa mahigit 300 mangingisdang nawawala sa General Santos City sa kasagsagan ng pananalasa ng bagyong Pablo noong nakaraang linggo.

Ayon kay TF Maritime Search and Rescue-Gensan Spokesman Lt. Commander Lued Lincuna, nakasentro ngayon ang kanilang paghahanap sa East coast ng Bagagangga, Miangas at Balut, na posibleng lokasyon ng mga fishing boat at ng mga nawawalang mangingisda.

“Ipagpapatuloy po natin ang operation, search and rescue, mag-uutilize din po tayo ng dalawang aircraft para dun, tuloy-tuloy pa rin po ang search and rescue natin sa area ng mga victim ng super typhoon Pablo”

Sa pinakahuling tala ng Task Force Search and Rescue-Gensan, nasa 35 mangingisda na ang na-rescue, 6 ang kumpirmadong patay at 342 nanatiling missing, habang 48 fishing boat pa rin ang pinaghahanap at wala pa ring komunikasyon. (Ritchie Tongo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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PH, US, Japan and India navies sail for maritime cooperative activity

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). | Photo credit: Philippine Navy

The Philippines, United States (US), Japan, and India navies sailed together in the South China Sea as part of the maritime cooperative activity.

This is the first phase of the ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). 

According to Captain Roy Vincent T. Trinidad, who is leading the Philippine Navy delegation for the ADMM-Plus maritime exercise, “The group sail showed the active participation of the Philippine Navy as it strengthens its relationships with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. This gives us another opportunity to learn from like-minded navies.”

For the week-long transit, the ships conducted a series of training exercises and social interactions.

The ships will transit through the West Philippine Sea where the conduct of “freedom of safe navigation” is applied in support of a rules-based international system benefiting all countries.

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PH Coast Guard warns public vs ‘colorum’ sea vessels

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

FILE: Authorities released a public warning against colorum vessels after an undocumented motor banca sank in Roxas City, Capiz on July 29, 2018. (Photo by DOTr)

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday warned passengers anew against patronizing ‘colorum’ or unregistered sea vessels.

The PCG’s warning came amid the growing number of passengers trooping to various seaports across the country in time for the Lenten season.

The agency admitted to facing difficulty in fully monitoring colorum sea vessels, thus, it appealed for public’s cooperation by reporting ships and boats that are illegally operating and transporting passengers.

“The public has a big role. Don’t ride. Don’t patronize (colorum ships and boats),” PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said.

Balilo added that it is risky to board illegal sea vessels as passengers will not receive any benefit when accidents occur.

“Often, there is no floating equipment. If something happened, we cannot immediately know because we are not monitoring it,” Balilo said. 

The PCG has been placed under heightened alert status since April 8 in line with its bid to secure port passengers during the Lenten season.

Balilo said tighter security inspections and other measures are already in place even if the volume of passengers at ports remains normal.

The PCG expects the volume of travelers to surge by Wednesday, April 17.

Balilo reminded passengers to prepare for their trip accordingly, and observe the port’s policies against prohibited items.

“Plan your travel. Secondly, do not bring unnecessary things. [For example,] liquids that can cause explosion, hazardous materials, chemicals and sharp objects” he said. 

The PCG official also urged travelers to heed their shipping company’s advisories.

When boarding a sea vessel, adult passengers traveling with their family must guide and take care of the children and the elderly; know the location and how to use life jackets and to not leave their baggage unattended.

Aside from securing seaports, authorities are also closely monitoring popular tourist destinations in the country such as Palawan, Boracay Island, Bohol and other coastal areas in Cebu, which are commonly visited during the Lenten break. – Robie de Guzman (with details from April Cenedoza)

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Public reminded to observe safety during beach outings

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The dry season is on and almost everyone is raring to go to the beach and resorts to relax and cool down in the punishing heat.

But before taking a dip in the waves, the public is reminded to observe safety measures to avoid any untoward incidents.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday reminded beachgoers anew to check if the resort has life saving equipment installed and lifeguards who are ready to respond to water-related incidents such as drowning.

Beachgoers should also bring their own first aid kit in case of emergency, and heed the safety regulations issued by the beach resort management.

Before wading into the water, they should also check if there are flag signals, safety nets and bouy markers as well as safety signage and restricted areas.

Beachgoers are also advised to avoid swimming in areas that serve as passageway of sea vessels at ports.

When travelling with family or group of friends, inform them first of your whereabouts before taking a plunge. Adults should always keep an eye on children and guide the elderly to help avoid possible incidents while swimming in the sea.

Abide by the buddy system to stay safe, and refrain from swimming alone especially when inebriated.

Authorities also advise the public to take note of local emergency numbers and medical facilities in the area.

Over the weekend, the PCG inspected beaches and resorts to ensure the safety of tourists and excursionists who are planning to take a vacation in the coming week.

The PCG also asked local authorities to monitor and install life-saving equipment in rivers and falls frequented by tourists who are seeking other locations for their water escapades aside from the beach. – Robie de Guzman

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