The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has stepped up its surveillance of sea travel as more than 28,000 outbound and inbound travelers have started traveling after being stranded at various ports across the country.
The decision is to ensure safe travel after port operations when “Odette” has left Philippine territory.
While other ports are operational again across the country, some are still closed, including the port of San Ricardo in the Eastern Visayas. A total of 194 passengers, drivers and assistants as well as 187 rolling cargoes were stranded.
In the Central Visayas, Pier 1 Cebu City is still closed, with 50 passengers, drivers and assistants stranded.
During its inspection at various ports, the PCG, which has deployed 1,586 front-line personnel, has already inspected 301 ships and 228 motorbancas which have allowed the movement of outgoing and incoming passengers.
Meanwhile, PCG relief efforts continued as 4,400 family food packages from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were delivered to Panacan in Davao city.
Family food parcels have been unloaded from BRP Bagacay (MRRV-4410) and per family will receive six bags of rice, canned coffee. The items will be delivered to families in Surigao City Surigao del Norte.
PCG District Western Visayas sent home repair kits to Negros Occidental via BRP Nueva Vizcaya. In addition to the 50 home repair kits, 900 food packages and 500 hygiene kits will be distributed to affected families.
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