PH Coast Guard warns public vs ‘colorum’ sea vessels
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday warned passengers anew against patronizing ‘colorum’ or unregistered sea vessels.
The PCG’s warning came amid the growing number of passengers trooping to various seaports across the country in time for the Lenten season.
The agency admitted to facing difficulty in fully monitoring colorum sea vessels, thus, it appealed for public’s cooperation by reporting ships and boats that are illegally operating and transporting passengers.
“The public has a big role. Don’t ride. Don’t patronize (colorum ships and boats),” PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said.
Balilo added that it is risky to board illegal sea vessels as passengers will not receive any benefit when accidents occur.
“Often, there is no floating equipment. If something happened, we cannot immediately know because we are not monitoring it,” Balilo said.
The PCG has been placed under heightened alert status since April 8 in line with its bid to secure port passengers during the Lenten season.
Balilo said tighter security inspections and other measures are already in place even if the volume of passengers at ports remains normal.
The PCG expects the volume of travelers to surge by Wednesday, April 17.
Balilo reminded passengers to prepare for their trip accordingly, and observe the port’s policies against prohibited items.
“Plan your travel. Secondly, do not bring unnecessary things. [For example,] liquids that can cause explosion, hazardous materials, chemicals and sharp objects” he said.
The PCG official also urged travelers to heed their shipping company’s advisories.
When boarding a sea vessel, adult passengers traveling with their family must guide and take care of the children and the elderly; know the location and how to use life jackets and to not leave their baggage unattended.
Aside from securing seaports, authorities are also closely monitoring popular tourist destinations in the country such as Palawan, Boracay Island, Bohol and other coastal areas in Cebu, which are commonly visited during the Lenten break. – Robie de Guzman (with details from April Cenedoza)
by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status in Metro Manila and other key tourist destinations until the end of the Lenten season.
Although authorities have not received threats in the country’s peace and order, around 91,000 police personnel are now deployed nationwide.
Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar and several PNP personnel on Wednesday (April 17) led the inspection at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao and Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City.
The PNP officials personally checked the security plans of these terminals in accommodating passengers during the Lenten season. –Maris Federez
Maynilad’s water services will be cut off from April 16 (Tuesday) to April 20 (Saturday).
Barangays in Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Bacoor City in Cavite will be affected.
The duration of service interruption will last for five to 30 hours, depending on the area.
Maynilad said this is due to the water network enhancement activities that will be done during these dates in line with continuous efforts to improve water services in the western zone. These include facility maintenance works, pipe decommissioning and interconnections, and valve replacements.
The water company also assured that 40 water tankers will be deployed to deliver water to affected areas when necessary.
Aside from the impending water interruption, many consumers are also grappling with rotational brownouts due to low power reserves in Luzon grid amid the extreme weather condition.
However, Malacañang ensures that the government is on top of the situation.
“I was just talking to (Energy) Sec. Al(fonso Cusi), sabi niya we are on top of it, yun ang sabi niya sa akin kanina,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters at a press briefing Monday.
(I was just talking to Sec. Al, he said we are on top of it, that’s what he told me earlier.)
On Monday, Luzon grid was placed again on red and yellow alerts, the latest in the consecutive alert issuances of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines since last week due to unplanned outages and derated capacity of several power plants.
The Department of Energy also expressed hope that the power supply in Luzon grid will stabilize in the coming days as some currently offline power plants will resume operations this week. – Robie de Guzman(with details from Rosalie Coz)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) and all courts nationwide will only have a half-day work on Wednesday (April 17), Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin ordered on Monday.
Under the approved SC calendar, the half-day work would give court officials and employees enough time to travel to the provinces to observe the Lenten season.
But for courts inside local government buildings, Bersamin said that a whole day work suspension will only be observed should it be declared by the local government.
“Courts located inside local government-owned or controlled buildings shall observe a whole day work suspension on April 17 should the same be declared by their local government, otherwise the said courts shall observe a half-day work schedule per SC calendar,” he said. – Robie de Guzman
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