Coast Guard puts all units on alert for low pressure area
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard has placed all its units in the Visayas and Mindanao under “full alert” as it also ordered them to brace for the heavy rains and possible flash floods that might result from the first weather disturbance to hit the country this year.
Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, PCG commandant, also directed PCG stations, on Thursday, to coordinate with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in their respective areas of jurisdiction for possible search-and-rescue operations in communities that might be adversely affected by the low pressure area.
In a statement, he also advised operators of small vessels, including fishing boats, to “avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern sections of the country where sea conditions are rough.”
Isorena also reminded interisland vessels they are “not permitted to travel once the low pressure area develops into a tropical depression and public storm signals are hoisted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.”
“Fishermen and operators of boats with open decks should exercise extra diligence in sailing. Aside from wearing safety gears while at sea, they are also advised to monitor weather developments as sea conditions are expected to be rough,” the PCG head added.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these chat apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94