PCG deploys assets to secure waters off Trasclacion 2020 routes

Robie de Guzman   •   January 8, 2020   •   150

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it is all set in providing maritime security in line with the observance of the annual Traslacion in Manila on January 9.

In a statement, the PCG said 36 floating assets and more than 270 of its personnel have been deployed along the waters off the Traslacion route, particularly in major operational areas in Quiapo Church, Ayala Bridge, and Quirino Grandstand.

The agency said that assets deployed in strategic areas include the multi-role response vessels, fast patrol boats, and small crafts such as high-speed boats and rigid hull inflatable boats.

Rubber boats were also positioned to make sure that the critical areas are highly monitored against any untoward incident during the procession, the PCG added.

K9 units, quick response teams, medical groups, and force multipliers from the PCG Auxiliary were also deployed to ensure the safety of thousands of people expected to participate in the yearly event in Manila.

The agency said it is also conducting coastal security operations along the vicinity waters off Quirino Grandstand and Pasig River, particularly in Ayala Bridge, McArthur Bridge, Quezon Bridge and Jones Bridge from January 7 to January 10.

The PCG called on the event participants to observe security measures and heed policies being implemented to help achieve government target of zero-casualty during the Traslacion 2020.

It also urged the public to report to authorities any suspicious individual, things or incident for immediate and appropriate action.

Chinese tourist dead, 27 rescued in Boracay boat mishap

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese national died while 27 others were rescued after an island-hopping boat capsized in waters off Boracay Island on Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said its personnel from Boracay sub-station were able to rescue 25 tourist passengers as well as three crew members of the boat.

However, the rescuers failed to revive a 45-year old female tourist despite performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Three other female passengers who needed medical assistance were brought to the nearest hospital.

“They have regained consciousness and are declared safe and in good condition,” the PCG said.

Remaining survivors are also safe and in good physical condition, the agency added.

The coast guard said motorbanca “Jocelyn 1” capsized along the waters off Barangay Balabag in Boracay after encountering strong winds that broke the boat’s outrigger on Tuesday morning.

PH, Japan Coast Guard conduct joint maritime drill in Manila waters

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) conducted a joint maritime exercise in the waters off the Philippine Capital.

In a statement, the PCG said coast guard personnel from two countries participated in a vessel towing exercise held on Tuesday, January 21.

They also conducted several drill scenarios involving response and rendering necessary assistance to a vessel in distress.

The PCG said the said activity is part of the five-day practical training course on towing and firefighting for the crew members of BRP Malabrigo (MRRV 4402), BRP Kalanggaman (FPB 2404), and PB 151 from January 20 to 24, 2020.

The joint maritime exercise between the PCG and the JCG, along with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, was conducted to enhance their capability on vessel operations, maintenance planning, and maritime law enforcement.

PCG still searching for missing 7 Pangasinan fishermen

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said search operations are still ongoing for the seven fishermen who went missing after they left the shores of Dasol, Pangasinan.

In a statement, the PCG said an aerial search is being conducted to look for the missing fishermen. Personnel from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy are also assisting in the search and rescue operations.

The missing fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 reportedly went out to catch some fish last January 6. The group was expected to return to Infanta, Pangasinan on January 14, according to fishing boat owner Christine Macaraig.

The vessel is skippered by Alberto Roldan, with crew members Roderick Montemayor, Homar Maglantay, Jerome Maglantay, Ejay Dela Cruz, Larry Legaspi, and Jefferson Bernabe.

The fishing vessel’s location was last reported at 60 to 90 nautical miles off Camaso Island in Dasol.

The PCG said another vessel will be deployed to help in the search effort.

The agency also called on other local fishers to report to authorities any sighting of the missing fishermen. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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