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PIA Press Release
2010/03/25

PCG Sorsogon gears up for Holy Week celebration

by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (March 25) -- The Philippine Coast Guard Sorsogon is now all set for the observance of the holy week anticipating the influx of vacationers to roll up in the province.

PCG Sorsogon City OIC Station Commander Lt. Jr. Grade Jose Ronnie Ong, said that early as this time they have already alerted their special operations unit and K-9 unit personnel in connection with the PCG's program for holy week dubbed as "Oplan Mahal na Araw 2010".

Ong said that they have launched anew the "Oplan Mahal Na Araw" program this year in partnership with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Maritime Industry Administration (MARINA) to fine tune security in the province's major ports.

"We will also activate the Passenger's Assistance Centers in Matnog, Pilar and Bulan ports starting March 30 until April 14," he assures.

"With this, travelers and the public as well are guaranteed that sea travels of all the shipping companies here will be safe, well-facilitated and systematic," Ong further said.

Ong added that they have also coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as with the Philippine Army in the province for an integrated commitment that would ensure security of water transport services and a more efficient implementation of the safety standards and regulations concerning inspection of passengers and baggage including as well security procedures at the ports.

"Aside from this, we also assure the public that we will relentlessly monitor activities and occurrences in all ports here to avert possible breach of security protocols and to protect passenger vessels not only during holy week but during the entire duration of summer vacation," Ong said. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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