By Betheena Unite
Thirty-one types of watercraft, with response and medical team onboard, will be deployed on the Pasig River and Manila Bay on Wednesday during the “Traslacion”, or the massive procession marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Monday.
Small crafts and rubber boats of the PCG, Philippine Red Cross, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will patrol the Pasig River off Jones Bridge to conduct prompt rescue operation in case someone falls off from the bridge, Capt. Rolando Punzalan, distict commander of PCG-National Capital Region, said.
Two multi-role response vessels – the BRP Boracay and BRP Panglao – will also be deployed in Manila Bay to serve as a command post and medical evacuation post in case roads can’t be utilized in the event of an emergency, Punzalan added.
“Kahapon, nagsagawa na din ng inspeksyon ang PCG sa likod ng Quirino Grandstand at sa Pasig River kasama na ang ilalim ng Jones bridge. Kasama sa inspeksyon ang panelling ng mga K9 units ng PCG (PCG inspected the vicinity of Quirino Grandstand and Pasig River, including Jones Bridge, Monday. K9 units also conducted panelling in the areas),” Punzalan said.
Random inspection on vessels traversing the Pasig River will also be conducted for security measures.
Backup rescue and quick reaction teams will be on alert at the Coast Guard headquarters.
According to the PCG, they will closely coordinate with the local police to prevent children from jumping off Jones Bridge while the image of the Black Nazarene passes through the bridge.