Baguioâs swan boats used as transpo for Cagayan flood-hit residents
Baguio City's swan boats are used as transportation for flood-hit residents of Barangays Anquiray and Abollo in Amulung, Cagayan.
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Baguio’s swan boats used as transpo for Cagayan flood-hit residents

(Philstar.com) - November 19, 2020 - 9:53pm

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED Nov. 20, 2020; 12:47 a.m.) — Baguio City’s swan boats that used to be among the attractions in Burnham Park, were repurposed to help transport flood-stricken residents in Cagayan.

On Thursday, Public Information Agency Cordillera reported that swan boats from Baguio reached Amulung Cagayan, which is one of the flood-hit areas in Cagayan Valley or Region II.

It said that these swan boats are used as transportation for for residents in Barangays Anquiray and Abollo. The boats are also used for recreational purposes for children who were traumatized by the heavy flooding following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The boats were lent by Baguio natives and boat owners Osorio Celso and Elvira Celso after learning the need for rescue operation.

They sent four pontoon boats and swan boats. These are being used to carrying tourists in Burnham Lake.

The Philippine National Police Cordillera said pontoon boats can carry ten persons at a time. These are ideal boats “since the fiberglass hulls are not easily punctured as compared to that of rubber boats.”

Some of the boats were transported on board boat trailer from PNP Maritime Group based in Pangasinan.

Last Friday, #CagayanNeedHelps trended after the region composed of the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino experienced heavy flooding caused by“accumulated effects” of recent typhoons that struck the country. The widespread flooding is also attributed to the water release in Magat Dam. — Rosette Adel

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