PCG on heightened alert for Lenten week, summer vacation

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2021   •   595

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has placed its districts, stations, and sub-stations on heightened alert to manage the anticipated influx of port passengers during the Lenten week from March 28 to April 3, and the summer vacation period.

In a statement on Friday, PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia said he has ordered the deployment of additional K9 units, medical teams, and deployable response groups on major seaports to increase Coast Guard visibility, manage port passengers and oversee maritime traffic.

“PCG personnel shall also aid the provision of additional terminal facilities for passenger comfort while ensuring the readiness of contingency plans for emergency responses,” Ursabia said.

Due to the prevailing threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), health protocols, as well as the proper wearing of face masks and face shields shall be strictly observed on board passenger ships and other water conveyances.

The Coast Guard Commandant said he has also directed the placement of additional harbor patrollers and vessel inspectors to enforce maritime security and maritime safety measures, in coordination with local government units and other concerned agencies.

This aims to establish and maintain systematized operations of sea transport facilities; safe and convenient travel of the riding public; as well as the health, safety, and security of local tourists in beaches, island resorts, and other coastal vacation spots.

The PCG shall also necessitate the 24/7 availability of a sufficient number of lifeguards, rescue equipment, and first aid facilities in major tourist destinations, the agency said.

Help desks in port terminals will also be activated to extend further assistance to the riding public.

“Leisure and tourism travel outside the ‘NCR Plus Bubble’ may not be allowed during the Lenten season, but we prepare for the expected increase in the number of local tourists after the two-week intensified border control in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal,” Ursabia said.

“Rest assured we will guarantee their safety, security, reliability, and comfort by safeguarding the seaworthiness of passenger vessels and other watercraft, as well as recreational equipment, platforms, and facilities,” he added.

The PCG urged the riding public to coordinate with the Coast Guard Public Affairs at 0927-560-7729 for inquiries, concerns, and clarifications regarding sea travel protocols and regulations.

PCG uses 9 sea vessels in delivering relief goods to Odette victims

Maris Federez   •   December 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has started deploying its seacraft in delivering relief goods to be distributed in the areas affected by Typhoon Odette.

PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said their relief operations have been non-stop since Wednesday as ordered by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

“Nagpapatuloy po yung ating operations […] Ang instruction po ni Sec. Art Tugade ay gawing round-the-clock at abutin yung mga areas na kailangang abutin at mabigyan ng tulong,” Balilo said.

The PCG said the initial batch of relief goods was delivered to Dinagat Island. The shipment contained more than 500 sacks of rice, canned goods, noodles, and boxes of bottled water.

The PCG team also brought disaster kits, mats and blankets, hygiene kits, medicines, and several sacks of clothes.

The BRP Malabrigo also safely transported around 2,000 liters of gasoline and 16 portable generator sets, as well as drinking water to the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

Another PCG sea vessel has been used in delivering relief supplies and bottled drinking water for, more or less, 300 families in Pagasa Island.

The PCG’s BRP Capones, on the other hand, has transported hollow blocks and sacks of cement for the repair and rehabilitation of the PCG station in Pagasa Island.

Members of the PCG Western Visayas, meanwhile, pooled their own money for the procurement of bottled water to be distributed to the families affected by Typhoon Odette.

“Kasama po ang Philippine Coast Guard sa kabuuang pagkilos ng gobyerno. Sa amin po 9 na barko ang na-deploy namin at naglalagare para magdala po ng relief at tulungan yung mga kababayan natin magmula po sa Visayas hanggang makarating po ng Mindanao, at maging dito po sa Palawan,” Balilo said.

“Pinayagan na rin po ni Usec. Gongona ng BFAR yung mga MCS-Man BFAR vessels na mina-man po ng Coast Guard na tumulong din po sa mga pagdi-distribute, ‘pag dumating po yung mga relief sa isang area, itong mga smaller vessels ang siya pong gagamitin para pumunta naman doon sa mga probinsiya na kailangan ng mga relief,” he added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

Stalled by Odette, shipping, fishing in all ports resume — PCG

Maris Federez   •   December 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has reported that shipping and fishing operations in all ports nationwide have finally resumed.

This is after major parts of Southern Luzon and the Visayas and Mindanao experienced the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, prompting the cancellation of operations in the maritime industry.

In its Maritime Safety Advisory, the PCG said the resumption of shipping and fishing operations was as of 8 PM Tuesday (December 21).

“All passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers, as well as vessels, motorbancas, and rolling cargoes that were stranded due to inclement weather have been allowed to travel by sea,” the PCG said. —/mbmf

PCG brings more aid to Odette-hit areas in Palawan, Surigao del Norte

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it has delivered relief packs to Surigao del Norte and Roxas town in Palawan that were badly hit by the Typhoon Odette.

In a statement, the PCG said the BRP Cap San Agustin (MRRV-4408) transported 3,600 family packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to Surigao del Norte on Tuesday, December 21.

In addition, the coast guard also delivered 89 gallons of mineral water and 40 pieces of flashlight that were donated by the PCG Auxiliary 802nd Squadron, as well as 100 boxes of mineral water from PCG District Southeastern Mindanao.

For the relief efforts in Roxas, Palawan, the PCG said the BRP Batangas and BRP Corregidor set sail from Port Area, Manila on Wednesday, December 22.

The vessels were carrying boxes of mineral waters and food packs and family hygiene supplies to be distributed to residents in need of these materials.

Roxas is among the areas in Palawan that were devastated by Odette.

The PCG said the latest delivery of supplies to typhoon-stricken residents is part of its ongoing humanitarian and disaster response operations.

For those who wish to help the victims of Typhoon Odette, the PCG said in-kind donations should be coordinated with its national headquarters in Port Area, Manila and Coast Guard Base Farola in Binondo at these numbers:

• PCG Public Affairs – 0927 560 7729
• PCG Civil Relations Service – 0977 642 6004
• PCG Logistics Systems Command – 0927 852 3944

Cash donations may also be deposited through the PCG Foundation at this account:

LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
Account Name: PCG Support System Foundation Inc.
Account Number: 0281-1025-75

For those in the Visayas and Mindanao areas that wish to send in-kind donations to typhoon victims may coordinate with the PCG’s district offices in their respective areas.

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