PCG braces for influx of Holy Week travelers
Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - April 2, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is on heightened alert for the expected influx of travelers during the Holy Week. 

In a statement, Commodore Joel Garcia, PCG officer-in-charge, said he ordered all units to implement security measures and regularly monitor vessels from April 5 to 20.

Garcia assured the public that PCG teams are on standby to provide assistance in case of maritime emergencies.

“It is our duty to ensure safe and convenient travel... during the Lenten season. Ship inspectors and K-9 teams were also instructed to exercise extra vigilance…and conduct random checks on passengers and their luggage for dangerous cargo or explosive materials,” he said.

Garcia said they would conduct pre-departure inspections to prevent overloading and ensure that vessels are seaworthy and with adequate life-saving equipment.  

The PCG will set up passenger assistance centers to be manned by personnel of the Department of Transportation,  Philippine Ports Authority, Maritime Industry Authority and PCG Auxiliary as well as medical teams.

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