There’s no letting up for the Coast Guard

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was reminded yesterday to maintain a high state of readiness even in the midst of the celebration  of the Holiday Season.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said the Coast Guard’s fleet of vessels and aircraft will remain on stand-by to respond to any maritime emergency that may occur.

“Maritime security personnel will be placed on heightened alert in anticipation of the influx of passengers who will go home to their respective provinces to celebrate the Holidays,” Tamayo said in statement.

Earlier, the PCG commandant directed all PCG district commanders nationwide to coordinate with other cognizant agencies and shipping firms for integration of all safety and security measures on terminals and onboard vessels.

The PCG have also deployed additional K-9 units, Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel, sea marshals and medical teams on busy ports and terminals across the country.

Tamayo said they are keeping close watch of maritime activities in Batangas and Bicol ports in view of expected volume of passengers who would be using the RO-RO nautical highway routes.

“Major tourist spots like Borcay, Coron and Puerto Galera are also being monitored,” Tamayo said.

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