SAFETY FIRST

Ensure safety in ports, terminals for 'Undas'

With the anticipated influx of passengers in the city’s public ports during semestral break and incoming ‘Undas’ (All Saints’ Day), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Davao is now intensifying security measures by conducting pre-departure inspection in the passengers ports of Davao City.

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) station Davao officer assists a passenger wear a life jacket before a passenger vessel sails off to a beach resort in Talicud island, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) on Sunday at Sta. Ana wharf in time for the launching of Oplan Byaheng Ayos: Undas 2019. Lean Daval Jr

PCG Station Davao Commander Garry Laynesa said the inspection aims to ensure passengers’ safety who will depart from Davao City via public ports such as Sta. Ana Wharf and Mae Wess.

While they have ballpark figure of passengers that will be flocking to the ports, Laynesa said they are expecting a huge number heading off to resorts and beaches, or go home for the holiday break.

“No exact number pero expected namin na marami dahil undas at sem break. Katulad last year na dagsa ang mga pasahero,” Laynesa said.
PCG is deploying K9 dogs for possible explosives, deadly weapons, and drugs that will be transported through ferry boats.

“We are deploying K9 and deployment of our personnel doubled this year,” said Laynesa.

We are deploying K9 and deployment of our personnel doubled this year,” said Laynesa.

A PCG Malasakit help desk is being activated in the passengers ports and terminals that is being manned by different concern agencies such as PCG, PCGA, and MARINA. “This Malasakit desk will assist passengers of their concerns,” he said.

The PCG Station Davao conducted a display and inspection of assets and personnel at Sta. Ana Wharf in preparation for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2019.

Commodore Roy Echeverria, commander of Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao, conducted rounds after the inspection to different passenger ports and terminals in Davao City to ensure that all PCG personnel are ready for the expected influx of passengers because of the semestral break and upcoming Undas.

“We will ask the passengers for their cooperation pag medyo istrikto para masaya ang ating pagbiyahe. We will be fully implementing the rules and mas maraming personnel na i-deploy” Echeverria said.

Meanwhile, the 10th Infantry Division is also ensuring safety in various areas in time for the breaks and holiday.

Captain Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of the 10th ID said the Philippine National Police 11 (PNP 11) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) under the 10th ID will conduct static and mobile patrols in the region’s strategic areas.