BACOLOD City – The Philippine Coast Guard has started monitoring various ports in Negros Occidental just days before the start of holiday season.
Newly-appointed PCG-Negros Occidental chief, Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin, said they are on full alert “Oplan Byaheng Ayos, Pasko 2019” under the directives of overall PCG commander, Admiral Joel Garcia.
PCG has deployed personnel and K9 units to ports in Pulupandan, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, San Carlos City, along with the Bredco and Banago ports in Bacolod City.
Benjamin ordered sub-station commanders to inspect the equipment on all vessels before allowing them to leave port.
He said that Coast Guard personnel were also deployed to check passengers’ baggage prior to thier boarding. Currently, the number of passengers at the province’s ports remains normal. However, Benjamin said they expecting an influx of passengers in the coming days as Christmas Day approaches./PN