By Jann Reymund Tatad
VIRAC, Catanduanes – Acting Governor Shirley Araojo-Abundo issued an official statement on Friday, April 10, calling on more cooperation from barangay officials to be vigilant against attempts to transport passengers into the province through its coast amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Abundo said she has received reports that some passenger vessels have attempted to dock in this island province that could threaten local government’s efforts to keep it safe from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In her statement, Abundo said that, in as much as she wanted Catandungons to come home, everyone has to follow the guidelines set by the ECQ to keep everyone safe.
“Bantayan po natin ang ating mga baybayin at tiyaking walang makakadaong maliban sa ating mga otorisadong mangingisda [Let us secure our coastal areas and make sure that no vessel can enter other than authorized fishermen]” Abundo called on the barangay officials and workers.
The acting governor had already coordinated with the municipal chief executives, but according to her, she would like to ask the barangay officials on coastal areas to be more vigilant in monitoring their areas of responsibility.
Moreover, she underscored that the province had a very long coastal area, which was why everyone’s cooperation was important.
Abudno underscored that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), alone, could not handle patrolling Catanduanes’ shorelines all the time just to ensure that no passenger vessel gets to dock in the island.