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PCG to Iloilo boat captains: Enforce lifejacket SOP

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With the rainy season now here, boat captains were reminded to enforce the mandatory wearing of lifejackets by passengers on their vessels.

THE Philippine Coast Guard in Iloilo also warned the captains that failure to implement this rule will mean penalties.

“I already have a standing order to our personnel stationed in Buenavista and Jordan (Guimaras) as well as here in Parola and Ortiz Wharfs (Iloilo City) that motor bancas should not be allowed to leave if passengers are not holding the life-saving device,” said Lt. Rodolfo Dela Peña, PCG-Iloilo station commander.

Boat captains or crewmembers who do not follow the order faces penalties including the revocation of their licenses.

Dela Peña issued the reminder and warning after an inspection where he saw lifejackets hanging on the seats or beams of passenger pump boats instead of worn or held by travelers.

Citing Memorandum Circular No. 176 of the Maritime Industry Authority, ship owners, operators, masters or officers shall require passengers to wear or hold their lifejackets.

Meanwhile, the PCG-Iloilo deployed personnel at the province’s wharves from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to monitor their compliance.