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S&R Philippines Best Membership Shopping

We were excited as a turd in a toilet bowl when the S&R store in nearby Iloilo City opened up several years ago. S&R is a membership-shopping club. It’s modeled after the warehouse membership shopping chains introduced in the United States. While I had joined Sam’s Club back in the States at one time, we’ve … Read more

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

Math-Challenged Guimaras Pump Boat Operator Delays Departure

First of all, mathematics wasn’t my favorite subject in school. Therefore, today’s post, “Math-Challenged Guimaras Pump Boat Operator Delays Departure” reveals someone else besides me has a problem with figures. However, in contrast to a local banca boat operator, I can count up to 30. Because of the Iloilo Strait sea tragedy, the Coast Guard … 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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31 Die in Latest Iloilo/Guimaras Sea Tragedy

LATEST UPDATE At least 31 people lost their lives Saturday, August 3, 2019. Three banca boats capsized. The latest casualty figures come from the Inquirer.net. The three motorboats capsized after being buffeted by strong winds and big waves off Iloilo and Guimaras provinces on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 31, the Philippine Coast Guard … Read more

Expat’s Extended Festive Walk Mall Review

My lovely asawa and I had previously visited Iloilo City’s new shopping venue for the first time back in July. Since our local energy provider, Guimelco, had scheduled another province-wide power outage for Guimaras, we decided to return this past Saturday to the new mall. “Expat’s Extended Festive Walk Mall Review” offers new insights into this shopper’s haven.

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