The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Tagbilaran City placed its forces under high alert in preparation for All Soulsâ€™ and All Saintsâ€™ Days on November 1 and 2.
Seaman First Class Ralph Barahan said that PCG Tagbilaran station commander Lt. Benjie Quinisio implemented tight security measures in the city port and its vicinity due to the expected influx of vacationers including students.
The entry and departure of boat passengers are expected to triple in volume during holidays and special occasions such as the All Soulsâ€™ and All Saintsâ€™ Days.
According to Barahan, PCG Tagbilaran forces will be augmented by personnel from other locations to help secure the provinceâ€™s capital city and main entry point.
Barahan said that sea marshals will be deployed to ensure that boats operating in Tagbilaran City are not overloaded with passengers.
The PCG officer also issued a warning reminding the public to refrain from taking â€œcolorumâ€ sea crafts which are often ill-equipped particularly in safety gadgets.
Such boats do not have insurance and do not undergo inspection from the PCG, he added.
Security in ports at towns across Bohol including Jagna, Ubay, Talibon and Tubigon has also been tightened in anticipation of heavy activity in said areas which is expected to start Friday afternoon. (Allen Doydora)
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