PCG releases add’l 2,543 names of overseas Filipinos with negative COVID-19 test results

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2020   •   1337

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has released another list returning overseas Filipinos who yielded negative results in the real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test conducted by the Sub-Task Group for the Repatriation of OFWs.

The concerned Filipinos include overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), seafarers, and non-OFWs who were placed under quarantine procedures upon their arrival in the country.

The updated PCG masterlist of returning overseas Filipinos now contained a total of 59,608 names with the addition of 2,543 names as of 2:11 am on Wednesday (June 10) to the 57,065 names listed on Monday (June 8).

To access the updated version of the master list, visit this link: https://bit.ly/3hcH0er

The PCG advises returning overseas Filipinos who are included in the master list to coordinate with the agency or to any personnel from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the quarantine facility to process their return to their respective localities.

Likewise, they may claim their quarantine clearances at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) or at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

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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.

Coast Guard to install lighted ocean buoys at Philippine Rise

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to install the first three of 10 state-of-the-art lighted ocean buoys to mark the Philippine Rise as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 12.

The 30-foot long buoys, which arrived in Cebu from Valencia, Spain on May 7, are equipped with modern marine aids to navigation lanterns, specialized mooring systems, and a remote monitoring system that uses satellite technology to transmit data to the PCG National Headquarters in Port Area, Manila.

PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. said the presence of buoys in the Philippine Rise will effectively communicate that said vicinity waters is considered a special protected zone.

Hence, mining and oil exploration are strictly prohibited to preserve its rich natural resources.

Moreover, said ocean markers will also be used by the PCG to mark the designated food supply exclusive zone and ensure safe navigation in the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise.

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