PCG warns shipping firms vs overloading as Holy Week rush intensifies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:23

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena warned shipping companies against overloading as the Holy Week rush intensifies Tuesday.

He made this statement following an inspection at the Manila North Harbor, the docking facility for domestic shipping lines.

Isorena said that shipping lines caught carrying more than the maximum number of passengers will be meted stiff penalties and sanctions.

He also urged passengers to report cases of overloading to the nearest Coast Guard detachment so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Earlier, PCG spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo also advised seagoing passengers to be in their respective ports of departure three hours ahead of their departure time to avoid missing their voyage and properly submit themselves to security checks.

Also, the Coast Guard said it is deploying sea marshals aboard passenger ships, and K-9 units in ports to sniff explosives, drugs and contraband as an additional safety measure.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, around 59,446 passengers have already used and departed from the country’s 12 major public ports, the PCG announced.

This monitoring is under the Coast Guard’s “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2014”, Balilo added.

All of these passengers are outbound or headed towards their respective provinces.

Balilo said that this can be broken down into:

 

-National Capital Region - 1,133

-Central Visayas- 16,258

-Southwestern Mindanao-2,771

-Palawan-569

-Southern Tagalog-8,100

-Western Visayas-12,775

-North Western Luzon-866

-Southeastern Mindanao-3,903

-Bicol-2,983

-Northern Mindanao-7,051

-Eastern Visayas-2,788

-Northern Eastern Luzon-310.

Balilo expects the number of outgoing passengers to increase by Holy Wednesday as this is the day where most offices, government and private, will start their holidays.