Mayor bars vessels from China from docking at Iloilo City ports

Published March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap 

ILOILO CITY – The local government of this city is barring vessels from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and other Chinese territories from docking at any of its seaports as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas issued a new executive order following reports that a cargo vessel from China that was barred from docking in Bacolod City was heading to Iloilo.

“There is a need to address the threat of COVID-19 and it potential risk and danger to the health of the inhabitants of the people of Iloilo City,” said Tre as.

The mayor’s executive order covers territorial waters belonging to Iloilo City.

To recall, the Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Occidental province earlier confirmed that the Chinese vessel that came from the Port of Xiamen was planning to go to Iloilo to unload its cargo of fertilizer. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia had a similar ban put in place earlier.

The M/V Unicorn Bravo has a crew of less than 20, most of them Chinese.

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