PCG wants ships washed ashore by Yolanda removed-A A +A
Saturday, January 4, 2014
AUTHORITIES are seeking the removal of ships washed or blown inland by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City last November 8.
Commodore William Melad, district commander of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas and acting chief of the Eastern Visayas District, said they are holding talks with the ship owners so that they can finally remove their distressed properties that are currently spread across various parts of the worst-hit city.
"We are coordinating with the owners of the vessels na nandun naman sa Tacloban tanggalin. We have coordinated with them tanggalin," Melad said.
A total of 17 vessels were washed ashore or blown inland by strong winds and storm surges spawned by Yolanda, the strongest cyclone to hit land last year.
Melad said that the vessels should already be removed to normalize the situation, particularly in areas where the vessels are situated.
Lieutenant Senior Grade Paul Gonzales, commander of Coast Guard Station-Tacloban, identified the 11 distressed vessels as M/V Star Hilongos, M/V Jaguar, M/V Tommy Elegance, M/V Eva Jocely, M/V Gayle, M/V David, M/V Rosman, M/V Rick Uno, M/V Lancer, M/V Ligaya – V, and DPWH Dregger.
Melad did not give a specific time frame for the removal of the vessels but he urged ship owners to remove their properties as soon as possible. (Sunnex)