PCG probes liquid waste in waters off Manila Bay

Robie de Guzman   •   April 26, 2021   •   668

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday said it has started an investigation into the presence of liquid waste found in waters near the Manila Yacht Club in Manila Bay.

The PCG said the Marine Environmental Protection Group (MEPGRP)-Manila and PCG Sub-Station CCP inspected the area on Sunday to check on the source of the liquid waste.

During the inspection, authorities found that the source of the liquid waste was the cooling system of MV Sarangani docked in the area.

They also learned that only one crewmember, identified as Escolastico Bunyi who also serves as the vessel’s oiler and caretaker, was aboard the ship.

“The team collected samples to determine the cause of water discoloration surrounding the vessel,” the PCG said in a statement.

An Inspection Apprehension Report (IAR) was also issued to MV Sarangani through its owner, Emil Neri for violating PCG’s Memorandum Circular Number 01 – 2005 Paragraph 4 on marine pollution, the agency added.

Over 3,000 passengers stranded in ports due to Tropical Storm Dante — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 3,007 passengers were stranded in various ports in the country amid the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.

In its latest update, the PCG said the stranded passengers, including driver and cargo helpers, were monitored in the ports of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Northeastern Mindanao, and Bicol regions.

Of the total stranded passengers, 1,433 were recorded in Eastern Visayas, 411 in Central Visayas, 325 in Southern Tagalog, 44 in Northeastern Mindanao, and 794 in Bicol.

The coast guard said 73 vessels, three motorbancas, and 792 rolling cargoes were also prohibited from setting sail amid the storm.

Meanwhile, 87 vessels and 84 motorbancas are taking shelter as a precautionary measure against the possible threat of the storm.

“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” it said.

Based on the latest weather bulletin from the state weather bureau, Tropical Storm Dante was estimated over the coastal waters of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, or 45 kilometers east southeast of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is moving west-northwestward at 25 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over 24 areas including Metro Manila.

The PCG said that its deployable response groups deployed in the affected areas are all set for possible evacuation or rescue operations in coordination with their respective local government units.

DA service boat carrying COVID-19 vaccines capsizes in Quezon

UNTV News   •   May 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A service boat carrying boxes of COVID-19 vaccines capsized in waters off Quezon Province on Thursday.

According to a report, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) responded to the maritime incident involving the service boat of the Department of Agriculture that capsized at approximately 100 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Ungos, Real, Quezon at around 7:55 a.m. on May 13, 2021.

On board the said boat were two boxes of COVID-19 vaccines; two Department of Health (DOH) personnel; two police officers of the Municipal Police Station (MPS) Polillo, as well as the boat captain and motorman.

According to the passengers, the DA service boat accidentally hit a concrete post along the vicinity waters off Barangay Ungos, causing the vessel to capsize.

At around 8:30 a.m., all individuals were rescued and were declared in good physical condition.

The two DOH personnel accordingly made proper coordination with their respective units to check the condition of the COVID-19 vaccines and conduct appropriate measures.

PNP to support PCG, BFAR patrols in West Philippine Sea — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) has been tapped to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in their ongoing maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

“The PNP, specifically the Maritime Group, is ready to provide assistance and augment personnel from the PCG and BFAR in enforcing maritime laws on the West Philippine Sea and our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Eleazar said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite our limitations when it comes to resources, we will make sure that it will not discourage and prevent us from asserting and fighting for what is ours,” he added.

The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday said the PNP-MG will deploy four high-speed tactical watercraft, three police gunboats, and police fast boats to patrol the municipal waters and portions of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.

The assets will be deployed to police maritime units mostly in Palawan province.

Personnel of the PNP-MG who will be posted at the Municipality of Kalayaan will depart on May 15.

Eleazar said the PNP continues to consult with the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, the PCG, and BFAR to determine the PNP-MG’s specific role and participation in maritime patrols.

“Patuloy po ang koordinasyon natin sa mga ahensyang ito dahil sila ang mas nakakaalam ng sitwasyon sa West Philippine Sea,” he said.


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