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Spraying vs COVID-19 Should be discontinued

Here’s a recent announcement posted on the Philippine Department of Health, DOH, Facebook page: “Spraying and misting with disinfectants does more harm than good, and the DOH recommends avoiding this practice.” Hence, spraying vs COVID-19 should be discontinued. Spraying Creates Additional Health Hazards There is no evidence to support that spraying of surfaces or large … Read more

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

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UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2019


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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“Hey, Pink Shirt! Put on your Life Jacket!”

Some citizens from the USA have a reputation for being “Ugly Americans.” In the past ten years since retiring to the Philippines, I’ve certainly fit that description on several occasions. Hence, what comes to mind first is the “Manggahan Motorcycle Mayhem Meltdown” incident, for example. On that occasion I had a difference of opinion with … Read more

Passenger Delays Persist on Guimaras-Iloilo Route

All banca boat operations plying the Iloilo-Guimaras route were suspended after 31 passengers lost their lives on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Consequently, daily travelers that traverse the Iloilo Strait waited in line for up to 10 hours to board fast crafts and ROROs. On August 13, the suspension was repealed to help ease commuter wait … Read more

Guimaras’ Shocking Shabu Drug Bust

Guimaras’ Shocking Shabu Drug Bust. Coming home from a day of shopping in Iloilo City, we noticed a large contingent of law enforcement officials. Police officers were checking the compartments of motorcycles coming off the banca boat in Jordan Wharf, Guimaras. The incoming vessels were arriving from Parola Dock in Iloilo City. We have never seen this before despite living in the area for almost 10 years. As our parking lot attendant Noel picked us up, we drove by and witnessed an ongoing drug bust.

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Asawa’s Plight: Medicus Iloilo City ER Responds

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My asawa was in the front passenger seat of our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger suffering from an extreme abdominal pain attack. The Provincial Hospital in Guimaras, our home province, was unable to deal with the medical emergency. We sprinted toward the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to catch a “special trip” nighttime pump boat ride to Iloilo City. My sister-in-law Alida was in the back seat.

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