Relief operations underway in Cebu after Ursula fury

Robie de Guzman   •   December 26, 2019   •   818

MANILA, Philippines – Relief operations are underway in northern Cebu after the area was pummeled by violent winds and heavy rains brought about by typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said a total of 2,800 boxes of relief goods have been shipped on Thursday, December 26, to typhoon-hit areas in northern Cebu, particularly Caranza and Malapascua islands.

The food packs came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 7 and Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officce.

Ursula’s lashing winds and rains damaged many structures in northern Cebu. It also felled trees and electrical posts which blocked highways in several towns, particularly in Daanbantayan, Bantayan island, Medellin and Sta. Fe.

Local authorities have begun clearing roads of debris on Wednesday morning.

At the height of Ursula’s onslaught, more than 48,000 individuals were evacuated from coastal villages in mainland northern Cebu as well as in Malapascua, Camotes and Bantayan islands.

Aside from bringing relief goods, the PCG said the BRP Capones will also be deployed to conduct maritime surface patrol to assess the possible effects of typhoon Ursula in the waters of northern Cebu. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Gladys Toabi)

PCG deploys K9 teams to assist in rescue operations at Cebu mining pit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed K9 teams to assist in the rescue operations in Toledo City, Cebu after a mining pit collapsed.

Commander of the Coast Guard K9 Force Commodore Nelson Torre initially dispatched one K9 team that specializes in search and rescue (SAR) operations. The team was composed of four personnel and two working dogs.

“We have several SAR K9 teams on standby in Manila for further deployment, if necessary. We are already coordinating the issuance of their health clearances so they may safely and swiftly travel to Cebu right after augmentation request from the CDRRMO,” he said.

Additional K9 teams from the Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas arrived in Toledo City Tuesday evening (December 22). AAC

1 dead, 22 rescued after boat capsizes off Quezon province

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – One person died while 22 others were rescued on Monday after a passenger motorbanca sank off the town of Atimonan in Quezon province, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the boat, Gesu de Bambino, was carrying 17 passengers and six crew members and was on its way to Perez town when it capsized around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The coast guard said the incident occurred after the boat encountered engine trouble and strong waves.

“One of the six crew members died due to drowning,” the PCG reported.

All 17 passengers were successfully rescued and were immediately brought to Alabat, Quezon for further assistance, it added.

PCG K9 force celebrates bark-day of two rescue, explosive-detection dogs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) K9 Force has celebrated the birthday of two of their rescue and explosive-detection dogs, Britney and Barley.

Both dogs are members of the Coast Guard Working Dogs (CGWDs).

Britney is a search and rescue dog and has been awarded the “Dog of the Year Unit Award” for two consecutive years. Barley, meanwhile, is an explosive detection dog.

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Both CGWD Britney and CGWD Barley have been actively serving the PCG since 2016.

The PCG said the two dogs received dog food, vitamins, and medicines for deworming from the Local Government of Zamboanga. AAC

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