first_img* adopt additional measures to ensurethat passengers’ manifest contains the confirmed name of actual passengers onboard The agency was silent onculpabilities. Included in the MARINA probe’srecommendations were the following: “We were expecting answers fromcrucial questions such as why the motorboats capsized. Who should be heldliable? Why was the third motorboat from our municipality allowed by the coastguardto go despite the two earlier capsizing? But what MARINA sent us wererecommendations only. Disyamadago gidako. Wala nila nasabat ang sulat ko. Lain ila gin sabat,” said Reyes. Reyes said he would again ask MARINAfor the probe’s result. * support the phase-out ofwooden-hulled ships * strict adherence to MARINA MemorandumCircular No. 180, rules governing passengers’ manifest ILOILO City – Did the MaritimeIndustry Authority (MARINA) investigation on the capsizing of threemotorboats at the Iloilo Strait on Aug. 3 clear the Philippine Coast Guard(PCG) in Western Visayas? Reyes told Panay News MARINA’s reply was disappointing. * motorboat crew must undergo basicsafety training especially on the proper use of distress signal apparatusand radio communication equipment There were reports that the coastguard did not immediately haltall Iloilo-Guimaras boat trips after the first capsizing. The first capsizing, at around 12:30 p.m. of Aug. 3, involved M/B Chichi and M/B Keziah. They were bound for Jordan, Guimaras from Iloilo City. M/BChichi had 47 passengers while M/B Keziah only had its four crewmen.center_img * ensure that every passenger on boardis wearing lifejacket before and during entire voyage The reply that Reyes received wassigned by Assistant Secretary Lino Dabi. Thirty-one people – passengers of M/B Keziah, M/B Chichi and M/B JennyVince – died in the tragedy and the victims’ families were demandingaccountability and explanations. Part of Reyes’ letter to MARINA read:“Considering that your office spearheaded the investigation as to thesurrounding circumstances that led to the accident, may we request that we begiven a copy of the result of you investigation.” Three hours after, M/B Jenny Vince capsized. It was fromBuenavista and was bound for Iloilo City. It had 40 passengers. From an objective study of the“mistakes made in letting these boats sail”, Gonzalez said, “We will learn howto prevent further loss of lives.”/PN The investigation should pinpointthose liable, stressed the mayor. Marino party-list, on the other hand,had insisted in August that the investigation must be thorough and impartial. Buenavista, Guimaras mayor EugenioReyes expressed dismay. He asked for a copy of the investigation result butMARINA instead gave him just a portion of it – the recommendations. “Two passenger boats already capsizedbut the third one was allowed to proceed on its journey and also sank. I wantto know where the problem lies. Are the protocols in place insufficient? Areboat captains not given enough information?” asked Cong. Sandro Gonzalez. “What happened to the coastguardpersonnel who were relieved right after the tragedy? Ano ang hatol sa ila? Wala lang?” asked Reyes.last_img

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