PCG assures continuous assistance for LSIs
CALOOCAN CITY, June 27 (PIA) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will continue to extend assistance to locally stranded individuals (LSIs), an official said Friday.
During the Laging Handa public briefing PCG Commandant of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) VADM George Ursabia Jr. said the PCG will continue to ferry LSIs in Metro Manila to Visayas and Mindanao.
“Pagbalik [ng BRP Gabriela Silang], another trip hanggang maubos ang LSI bound for Visayas and Mindanao,” Ursabia said.
The official said on LSIs, by land, PCG has 6 buses that are deployed in helping the LSIs and by sea the PCG had been using the new French vessel, BRP Gabriela Silang which is on its second sortie bound to Mindanao. This will continue until all LSIs are safely travelled to Visayas and Mindanao.
Ursabia said the BRP Gabriela Silang is currently in transit to provinces in Visayas and Mindanao to ferry LSIs, police officers, and medical supplies for frontliners. It departed Manila Thursday, its second time to transport stranded individuals from the National Capital Region.
As of Friday afternoon, he said the BRP Gabriela Silang has arrived in Cebu City to disembark the 108 members of the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force for deployment there. While, medical supplies, equipment and other essentials were also brought to the city.
Meanwhile, to keep PCG frontline workers safe from COVID-19 infection and the hazards while performing their duty, Ursabia said they are provided intervention and health checks.
“For our PCG personnel safety concerns, we have our own bio-safety protocol and we are also strengthening their psycho social support thru debriefing and destressing programs. We are also regularly conducting RT-PCR testing for our frontliners to make sure that they are also free from COVID-19. We are also providing vitamins for them to ensure their on top of their health.” Ursabia added. (PIA NCR)