Wife of missing fisherman in Occ. Mindoro calls for help from LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020   •   478

Alvin Bantugan

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are still looking for Alvin Bantugan, a crew of F/B Gemver 1, more than a week after the onset of Typhoon Ursula in Occidental Mindoro.

According to his wife Hazel, he was looking after their motor banca when large waves came ashore and washed him away along with the sea vessel.

“Kalmang kalma iyon, tapos biglang dalawang bugso (The sea was calm that day. Suddenly, the waves went wild),” she said.

“Doon po siya naanod, sa unahan daw po siya ng bangkang GemVer 1. Bigla na lang po iyong tumaob. Bukod tangi po siyang hindi nakikita sa mga tauhan, (That’s when he was washed away. The motor banca turned upside down over him. He was the only one left missing),” she added.

Aside from his missing husband, Hazel is also worried because no one would help her repair the damages caused by the typhoon to their house.

“Sana po matulungan ni Mayor kami na makita ang aking asawa, (I pray that our Mayor can help us search for my husband),” she asked.

“At matulungan niya ako dahil sira pa rin po ang aking bahay (I also ask for help in the repair my house,)” she added.

F/B Gemver 1 was the same sea vessel involved in the controversial maritime incident with a Chinese vessel in West Philippine Sea last year.

It took five months to repair the vessel’s damage before it was able to venture out again at sea. – MNP (with reports from Von San Pedro)

No suspension of class opening in Occidental Mindoro despite M5.4 earthquake

Marje Pelayo   •   October 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Occidental Mindoro on Monday (October 5) at 2:16 a.m.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 17 kilometers northeast of Looc at a depth of 122 kilometers.  

Occidental Mindoro Governor Eduardo Gadiano assured that the province suffered no major damage.

There were no reported damage in schools according to Schools Division Superintendent Roger Capa as confirmed also by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Mario Mulingbayan.

Gadiano also mentioned that no suspension of the opening of classes will be declared, therefore classes will push through in the province of Occidental Mindoro today despite the incident.

The distribution of learning modules in the province was also completed three days before the opening of classes.

PCG searches for 14 missing in sea collision in Occidental Mindoro

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Twelve fishermen and two passengers went missing after a Hong Kong-registered cargo vessel collided with a local fishing boat off the waters of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro on Monday morning (June 29).

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately launched a search and rescue operation for the missing fishermen which included the captain of the fishing vessel. 

Two aerial assets were initially deployed followed by a multi-role response vessel to further intensify the search for the victims.

The cargo ship, identified as MV Vienna Wood, is an empty bulk carrier from Subic, Zambales bound for Australia with 20 crew members on board.

Meanwhile, the local fishing boat FV Liberty 5 bound for Navotas fishport in Manila had 12 fishermen and two passengers on board. 

Its last port of origin was Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

E-dalaw for PDLs in Occidental Mindoro

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

A jail facility in Occidental Mindoro launched an E-dalaw Program for persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to still be able to see their loved ones.

The San Jose District Jail installed computers for PDLs to be able to video call their relatives amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

According to San Jose District Jail Welfare and Development Officer JO1 Archie Familara said the E-dalaw can help the PDLs cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

There are currently 129 detainees inside the jail, 12 of whom have already been released since the implementation of the ECQ.

“Ito ang pinakamagandang activity since wala po tayong contact, wala tayong dalaw na personal (This is the best activity since we have no contact, no personal visits). Mayroon tayong (we have) video conferencing with the family,” he said. AAC (with reports from Von San Pedro)

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