Lack of fast craft in Lapu-lapu causes delay in relief efforts

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THE shortage of fast craft has resulted in a long queue of passengers going to and from the Island of Olango in Lapu-Lapu City.

In his Facebook post Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said Typhoon Odette (Rai) has rendered multiple fast crafts incapable of sea travel.

Chan said he met with personnel from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) so that operators of wooden hull boats will be given a special permit to meet the high demand of sea transportation.

The mayor also pointed out that the lack of sea vessels has contributed to the delay in relief operations and other assistance to the island barangays.

Chan added that the delay in deliveries of basic commodities and construction materials has caused shortage of supplies on the island.

The destruction of the Hilton Port in Barangay Punta Engaño and Angasil Port in Barangay Mactan has also contributed to the disruption of relief efforts to Olango.

Chan met with the representatives of the Cebu Ports Authority and the Marina on Tuesday, Jan. 4, to discuss the immediate repair of the ports.

As a temporary solution, Chan said Cordova Mayor Techie Sitoy-Cho has agreed to let the Lapu-Lapu City Government use the town’s ro-ro port.

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