Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo D Isorena PCG, today ordered all Coast Guard units nationwide to brace up security measures on all ports and ferry terminals in the country in connection with the upcoming All Saints Day Feast over the weekend.
“There is a recent mandate to all Coast Guard personnel nationwide to be on alert for security purposes upon instruction of DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya. Thus, we will double up personnel on all critical ports to ensure orderly, safe, convenient and secure sea travel in compliance with DOTC Oplan Ligtas Undas 2014”, Isorena said.
Coast Guard units are also advised to ensure that all maritime activities are monitored 24/7 and that all PCG personnel and assets are ready and prepared to respond to any maritime incident.
The maritime law enforcement agency also directed ship inspectors and Coast Guard K9 teams to exercise extra vigilance in ports with random checks on passengers and luggage more than the usual. He also appeals for the patient understanding and cooperation of the passengers with regards to the tighter security steps enforced for the passenger exodus to ascertain their travel safety.
Also, as per coordination with the ship owners and operators, passengers should be at the seaport at least three hours before departure time, avoiding restricted cargo such as flammable liquids and solids, corrosive materials, toxic and infectious substances, compressed gases, radioactive materials and explosives to avoid search delays and inconveniences.
Passengers Assistance Center booths will be manned jointly by teams from PCG, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) with close coordination with Philippine National Police (PNP).