BACOLOD CITY, June 17 (PNA) -– The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has intensified its inspection of both cargo and passenger vessels traveling to and from Bacolod City starting Monday.
Lt. Commander Glenn Daraug of PCG-Bacolod stressed that the mandatory pre-departure inspection is for the safety of crew and passengers of the vessels.
Daraug pointed out this kind of pro-active measure must be done strictly to prevent any untoward incident like what happened to MV St. Gregory the Great over the weekend.
The ill-fated ship nearly capsized after it suffered a hole in its hull while navigating Iloilo Straight on June 15.
Sea water submerged its engine compartment but, fortunately, its 360 passengers arrived at Fort San Pedro Iloilo City safely.
A day prior to the incident, a roll-on roll-off (RORO) ship sank at Burias Straight off the coast of Masbate province.
Daraug said strict pre-departure inspection must ensure that the ships are fit to sail especially this rainy season when monsoon rain continue to affect the region.