Water firm puts up handwashing station at Lipata ferry terminal
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 8 — With the positive feedbacks generated regarding the installation of handwashing stations at the Port of Surigao, the Surigao Metropolitan Water District – Primewater Resources Inc. (SMWD-Primewater) also installed handwashing facilities at the Lipata Ferry Terminal, and an additional unit at the Port of Surigao.
This initiative is part of the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Manuel Kong, board chairman of the SMWD-Primewater, saw the need for the installation of similar facilities at the Lipata Ferry Terminal upon seeing that port of the roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ships still caters to vessels transporting vital commodities as rolling cargoes.
“Lipata Ferry Terminal is an important conduit for the shipment of essential commodities and the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains a concern. Providing handwashing facilities can help a lot to contain and prevent the spread of the virus,” Kong said.
To further advance the advocacy of SMWD-Primewater, another handwashing station was installed at the Port of Surigao’s Gate No. 7, right in the vicinity where island-bound vessels and motor launches are berthed.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has installed decontamination booths at the Lipata Ferry Terminal and the Port of Surigao. BFP’s decontamination stations facilitate the mandatory disinfection of all truck drivers and helpers of ‘ro-ro’ vehicles entering and going out of the ferry terminal, as well as those at the Port of Surigao. (Nolie C. Nusog, PMO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)