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Guimaras Still COVID-19 Free Despite DOH “Stupidity”

Guimaras is the island province we call home. It’s located in Region 6, Western Visayas, of the Philippines. The DOH, Department of Health in the Philippines, recently scored a terrific blunder. The DOH claimed that an Overseas Filipino Worker, OFW, from Guimaras was the province’s first COVID-19 case.  However, the OFW is in quarantine in … Read more

Menacing Volcano Threatens the Philippines

UPDATED JAN. 17, 2020 Above all, more than 500,000 inhabitants of the avoidance zone around the Taal’s well of lava are watching and waiting in dreaded apprehension. The 1911 Taal eruption killed 1,335 people. Furthermore, it spread ash fall as far away as Manila, 40 miles away. The 1965 Taal Volcano eruption, killed 200 with … Read more

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

Boat capsizes in Iloilo  dead  missing

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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2 Guimaras Drug Suspects Selling Weed Arrested

First of all, the possession and sale of marijuana in the Philippines is illegal. It’s a violation of Section 5 of Article II of Republic Act 9165. The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Personally, I don’t care what your personal views on weed are. While lighting up a joint might be legal where you … Read more

Dengue Exceeds Epidemic Threshold

It’s official. “Dengue Exceeds Epidemic Threshold.” A nationwide dengue alert has been issued in the Philippines. The surge of dengue infections has reached more than 15,000 in Western Visayas, the highest in the country. That’s the region of the Philippines we moved to over 10 years ago. Furthermore, Guimaras, our island province, leads all provinces … Read more

Guimaras Records 143 percent Increase in Dengue Cases

ambulance leaving guimaras provincial hospital

I was troubled. Why? Due to the fact that Guimaras has recorded a 143 percent increase in dengue cases. Last year our home province only had seven reported dengue cases at this time. This year, the Philippine News Agency, PNA, reports 17 cases recorded for the same period. That’s the highest increase of any province in Western Visayas.

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