MERGE Rescue operations for passengers of M/B Jenny Vince, the third motorbanca that capsized off the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait Saturday* (PNA photo)

31 die in sea tragedy

Squalls capsized three pump boats off the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait on Saturday leaving 31 dead and three others missing yesterday, Coast Guard Spokesman Armand Balilo said.

A squall is a sudden sharp increase in wind speed that lasts for minutes. There was reportedly fair weather when the vessels sailed off, and an investigation will be conducted, Balilo said.

Many of the fatalities were from Guimaras, while some were from Iloilo City and other areas. Sixty-two of the 96 passengers and crew survived, Balilo told the DAILY STAR. moremoremore

Coast Guard halts
travel of small vessels

Operations of sea vessels less than 250 gross tons, and even pump boats in Negros Occidental were suspended, due to a gale warning and bad weather to ensure the safety of passengers, Lt. Rockcliff Buling, Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental head, said yesterday.

The PCG in Negros Occidental has also released notice to mariners and dwellers traversing the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, where a sea tragedy involving three motorized boats ensued, Saturday.

Passengers are advised to check the point of destination, assess the weather, and determine if there are tropical depressions, signal warnings or gale warnings. And if it is not too important, they might postpone their travel, he said. moremoremore


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Livestock health a priority
to boost Negros economy

The Provincial Veterinary Office in Negros Occidental is strengthening its collaboration with local government units in the province on the implementation of its various programs.

In the recent meeting of the Poultry and Livestock Association in Negros Occidental Inc., the PVO firmed up its partnerships with the localities through its veterinarians, livestock technicians and agriculturists on the implementation of its services.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said his office reiterated their commitment to ensure animal health through biosecurity measures by strengthening veterinary quarantine services in all seaports and airport in the province and strict regulation and monitoring of commercial livestock and poultry farms .