Strict inspection at ports under ‘Oplan Balik Eskuwela’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:01

The 9th Maritime Mobile Group and the Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga  Station will conduct a joint operation in inspecting passengers and their baggages at the ports of Zamboanga City, Lamitan City and Isabela City for the “Oplan Balik Eskuwela” in connection with the school opening in June.

9th MMG Regional Chief Sr. Supt. Agustin D. Molina said he expects a heavy influx of students coming  from the different islands of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and passengers going to Visayas and Manila in the coming days up to the end of summer vacation.

“We expect that the wharf will be very busy because of the coming of passengers. We will double our efforts to check passengers and their luggages before boarding a vessel,” Molina said.

Coast Guard Station Zamboanga Lt. Cmdr. Eleazar Dalnay also provided K9 sniffing dogs to help in checking baggages of passengers to ensure safety and security in their travel.

“We are on heightened alert,” Molina said.

He directed all station commanders of Maritime Mobile Unit in ZAMBASULTA to do the same so that vessels will sail safely to their destinations.

Meanwhile, Molina said the processing and interview of applications of 150 Maritime police recruits are underway. Out of 150 applicants who are college graduates with civil service eligibility, 100 will be accepted if they pass the requirements. Above all they must know how to swim.

The 100 recruits will be assigned to the new two Special Boat Units in Bongao and Taganak Tawi-Tawi.

Molina said the Special Boat Unit and gunboats are constructed and funded by the US government.

“The applicants here in the region are very fortunate because supposedly they are to apply in Camp Crame, but my office’s request was granted for a special recruitment in Zamboanga City,” Molina said. — Allen Abastillas