PCG deploys assets to secure waters off Trasclacion 2020 routes

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it is all set in providing maritime security in line with the observance of the annual Traslacion in Manila on January 9.

In a statement, the PCG said 36 floating assets and more than 270 of its personnel have been deployed along the waters off the Traslacion route, particularly in major operational areas in Quiapo Church, Ayala Bridge, and Quirino Grandstand.

The agency said that assets deployed in strategic areas include the multi-role response vessels, fast patrol boats, and small crafts such as high-speed boats and rigid hull inflatable boats.

Rubber boats were also positioned to make sure that the critical areas are highly monitored against any untoward incident during the procession, the PCG added.

K9 units, quick response teams, medical groups, and force multipliers from the PCG Auxiliary were also deployed to ensure the safety of thousands of people expected to participate in the yearly event in Manila.

The agency said it is also conducting coastal security operations along the vicinity waters off Quirino Grandstand and Pasig River, particularly in Ayala Bridge, McArthur Bridge, Quezon Bridge and Jones Bridge from January 7 to January 10.

The PCG called on the event participants to observe security measures and heed policies being implemented to help achieve government target of zero-casualty during the Traslacion 2020.

It also urged the public to report to authorities any suspicious individual, things or incident for immediate and appropriate action.

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