ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has tightened security at the local port to ensure the safe travel of the public during the observance of the Holy Week.
Lt. Commander Jimmy Vingno, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station commander, said Monday that they have started implementing the security plan dubbed, “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos Semana Santa 2019”, in anticipation of the influx of passengers during the Holy Week break.
Vingno appealed for the cooperation of the traveling public, especially during the conduct of pre-departure inspections on all vessels.
A one-stop “Malasakit Help Desk” has been established to provide assistance to the passengers, including emergency medical care, he said.
“This is line with the directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Arthur Tugade in order to provide comfortable and safe transport to all seagoing public who are expected to travel to and from their respective provinces,” the PCG official said.
PCG also expects an increase of passengers traveling to known tourists destination across the region and other parts of the country.
According to Vingno, the local port caters daily to about 3,000 outbound passengers, who travel to the nearby provinces, including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
All the available water assets of the PCG are on alert to respond to maritime emergency calls, the official said.