Gov’t urged to intensify search for missing fishermen

Published October 29, 2020, 5:06 PM

by Raymund Antonio

An alliance of fishers has called on concerned agencies to expedite the search and rescue operations for the fishermen who went missing at the height of Typhoon Quinta.

Twelve fishermen from Barangays Pananogan, Bato; Cagdarao, Panganiban; and Poblacion District 3, Gigmoto in Catanduanes were reported missing by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Five of them were already found dead on the shores of Cagdarao and Bato during the SAR operations. They were identified as Francis Banez, Dante Potenciano, Joel Potenciano Sr., Romeo Torillos, and Jomar dela Concepcion.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is still continuing the search for the remaining fishermen four days after they were reported missing.

“Authorities must expedite search and rescue operations to find the missing fishermen and return them to their respective families,” Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap said.

The fishers’ group added the government should provide aid to the families of the missing fishermen, as they are left with no household incomes due to the sea tragedy.

“We demand relief for the victims’ families, as the fate of their loved ones are still uncertain,” Hicap said.

Pamalakaya also called on the government to mobilize disaster and relief funds to rehabilitate Quinta-stricken coastal communities across the country.

This includes assistance for poor fisherfolk families affected the typhoon in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Sorsogon and Quezon province.