PH coast guard readies for onslaught of ‘Auring’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 19, 2021   •   441

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday said it is ready to extend humanitarian assistance and ensure maritime safety as it braces for the effects of severe tropical storm Auring.

PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia said he has directed all coast guard units in areas that are on the direct path of ‘Auring’ to intensify precautionary measures and conduct proactive disaster response operations.

PCG districts in Southern Luzon, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Davao region have also been placed on heightened alert to ensure completeness and preparedness of deployable response groups and quick response teams, he added.

“Coast Guard vessels, air assets, and land mobility vehicles from the National Headquarters and major PCG units are on standby for possible augmentation during evacuation and/or rescue operations,” Ursabia said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Adminisration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 in several areas in Mindanao as Auring intensified into severe tropical storm this morning.

PAGASA said Auring is forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of CARAGA region on Sunday morning.

Ursabia said he has ordered the PCG Auxiliary to start initial preparations for the possible conduct of relief operations in coastal communities and residential areas that will be affected by the storm.

The storm was last spotted at 535 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kilometers per hour.

It is moving southwestward slowly and is seen to move generally westward or west-southwestward over the next 24 hours before turning northwestward on Saturday morning.

3 dead, 7 rescued from grounded ship off Surigao del Norte

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three bodies of crew members of a sea vessel that ran aground in vicinity waters of Surigao del Norte have been found, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.

In an update, the PCG said it has also rescued seven crew members of the LCT Cebu Great Ocean but 10 are still missing.

The PCG identified one of the fatalities as Norman Galon, who was found by residents along the shoreline of Barnagay Bilte in San Francisco.

The two other fatalities were found along the shoreline of Barangay Jubgan in San Francisco but the PCG has yet to release their identities.

The rescued individuals were Noli Labucay, Roger Polo (Chief Mate), Arjie Bacarar, Joejie Villanueva, Felipe Quebuen, John Renzo Guanzon, and another who is yet to be identified.

They are currently receiving medical assistance in various hospitals in Surigao del Norte, the PCG said.

The agency on Tuesday reported that LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground near the coastline of Barangay Cantapoy. Its 20 crew members were reported missing.

The PCG and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MARIG) said their search and rescue (SAR) operations will continue to look for other missing crew members.

A land mobility vehicle has also been deployed to conduct patrol operations along the shorelines of Malimono and San Francisco.

“Several PCG personnel continue to provide assistance to the survivors at the Malimono Regional Health Unit and the Caraga Regional for their speedy recovery. They are also on standby for the swift admission and provision of medical care to other survivors who will be rescued,” the PCG said.

Pila ng mga truck na stranded sa Matnog Port, umabot na sa 4 kilometro — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

Umabot na sa apat na kilometro ang haba ng mga truck na kasalukuyang nakapila sa Matnog Port sa Sorsogon, ayon sa Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Ayon sa PCG, humaba ang pila ngayong Martes dahil kabuuang 302 rolling cargo na ang nakatigil ngayon sa pantalan habang naghihintay ng panunumbalik ng shipping operation.

Aabot rin sa 889 pasahero, tsuper ng mga truck at cargo helper ang stranded sa nasabing pantalan.

Simula noong Biyernes, Abril 16 ay suspendido na ang biyahe ng mga sasakyang pandagat sa Matnog Port bilang pag-iingat sa posibleng pinsala ng bagyong Bising.

Sa obserbasyon ng PCG Station Sorsogon kaninang Martes ng umaga, ‘moderate sea condition’ at ‘moderate winds’ ang nararanasan ngayon sa Matnog Port ngunit wala pang utos hinggil sa muling paglalayag ng mga sasakyang pandagat.

Sa pinakahuling ulat ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA), napanatili ng bagyo ng lakas nito habang mabagal na kumikilos patungo sa direksyon ng Quezon.

Huli itong namataan 475 kilometro silangan ng Infanta, Quezon taglay ang lakas ng hanging aabot sa 175 kilometro kada oras malapit sa gitna at pagbugsong aabot sa 215 kilometro kada oras.

Sa pagtaya ng PAGASA, patuloy na hihina ang bagyo sa mga susunod na araw at maaaring ibaba na lamang sa severe tropical storm pagsapit ng araw ng Sabado o Linggo.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng PCG na 24-oras na bukas ang DOTr Malasakit Help Desk para magbigay ng ayuda sa mga naipit na pasahero.

Over 2,700 passengers stranded in various ports due to ‘Bising’ – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said that a total of 2,792 passengers, drivers and cargo helpers were stranded in various ports in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and northeastern Mindanao after sea trips were suspended due to Typhoon Bising.

In an update, the PCG reported that 1,032 rolling cargoes were also stranded while 55 vessels and 54 motorbancas were taking shelter in the said areas due to the weather disturbance.

As of 4 a.m. April 20, the PCG monitored 1,185 stranded individuals in the Eastern Visayas; 435 rolling cargoes and 14 vessels were also stranded in the region’s ports.

In Bicol, 971 passengers, drivers and helpers were reported stranded, as well as three vessels and 325 rolling cargoes.

Around 109 individuals were also stranded in Central Visayas as well as 19 vessels and 75 rolling cargoes; while in northeastern Mindanao, 527 persons were stranded along with 197 rolling cargoes.

The PCG noted rough sea condition over northeastern Mindanao while moderate to rough sea condition was observed in Bicol region.

As of the 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength while slowly moving north-northwestward east of Quezon.

Bising was last located at 475 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kilometers per hour.

Bising is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the forecast period and may be downgraded to severe tropical storm by Saturday evening or Sunday morning, PAGASA said.

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