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Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge Construction Starts 2021?

It’s a line I’ve heard several times before. Consequently, it’s right up there with “The check’s in the mail” and “I’ll still respect you in the morning.” Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge Construction Starts 2021? Well, that’s the new target date for bridge construction to begin. 2021 Target Date? Department of Public Works and Highways, DPWH, Secretary Mark … Read more

Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DO NOT Enforce Wearing of Life Jackets

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UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2019

COAST GUARD IN ILOILO AND GUIMARAS NOW ENFORCES THE WEARING OF LIFE JACKETS

In fairness to the local Coast Guard, I felt the need to update this post. After the loss of 31 lives on capsized pump boats on August 3, 2019, the Coast Guard has been strictly implementing new safety regulations for pump boats.

Furthermore, I commend the Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority, MARINA, for sticking to their guns. Despite heavy opposition by Guimaras resort owners and pump boat operators, the safety regulations put in place by the MARINA are still being enforced.

However, I don’t know how long the regulations will remain. There’s already discussion about somehow modifying the tarpaulins that cover the pump boats. Instead of using common sense and umbrellas, there are people complaining about the tarpaulins being removed. These protesters claim that the sun beats down on them when riding the motorboats.

There is evidence that the tarpaulins were a major factor in the loss of lives on August 3. Many passengers were trapped underwater and underneath the tarps.

Well, there’s a solution to the blazing sun. Use an umbrella. Or, board one of the fast crafts that have covered passenger areas. Frankly, the mandate by the MARINA to modernize ALL wooden-hulled pump boats in the Philippines is being resisted. It seems that there is a concerted effort by some for Guimaras to remain in the Dark Ages and ignore all safety regulations for the sake of the Almighty Peso.

Therefore, things will probably go the way they did after nine people lost their lives in October 2015. That’s when theTawashcapsized on the Iloilo Strait. After two weeks, and complaints from Guimaras lawyers who had rumpled suits from wearing life jackets, the life jacket regulation was completely ignored. I hope I’m wrong.

What follows is my original post from October 2015.

The Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DOES NOT enforce the wearing of life jackets.

It is required by MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority)’s Memorandum Circular No. 08 Series of 2008 which states that “ALL passengers shall be required to wear life jackets from the time of departure and during the entire voyage…”

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Citronella Plants Protect Our Home in the Philippines from Mosquitoes

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“Citronella Plants Protect Our Home in the Philippines from Mosquitoes” is today’s topic. The Philippines Department of Health has reported a 41% increase in cases of dengue fever in the country from 01 January 2016 to 11 June 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

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Philippines: Top Five Shortcuts for Fast Annulment

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“Philippines: Top Five Shortcuts for Fast Annulment” is today’s topic. How fast can you get an annulment in the Philippines? How much does an annulment cost? What are the conditions for obtaining an annulment? This article will address those questions.

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MARINA lifts suspension of passenger motorbanca operation in the Guimaras – Iloilo route

The MARINA, Maritime Industry Authority, has lifted today, 13 August 2019, the suspension of the passenger motorbanca operation in the Guimaras to Iloilo route and vice versa. This has been done in order to address the stranding of passengers in Guimaras. The Guimaras to Iloilo route-and vice versa-has been temporarily lifted. It is subject to … Read more

Our 1,170 Dollar March Five-Person Philippines Budget

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Our nephew Sherwin has flown the coop. The 19-year-old moved to a boarding house in Guimaras in late March. Guimaras, of course, is the island province in Western Visayas we call home. One less mouth to feed in the future. Here’s a look at “Our 1, 170 Dollar March Five-Person Philippines Budget.” March’s budget came in 15 dollars higher than February’s budget.

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