PCG to effect Oplan Biyahe 2017
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod will start the campaign for Oplan Biyahe 2017 on December 18. This is a yearly program of PCG wherein all seaports are being strictly monitored against entry of “colorum” bancas ferrying passengers without necessary documents.
According to LCdr Jimmy Oliver Vingno, PCG commander, he will deploy PCG personnel to all ports in the whole province to inspect luggage and cargoes using K-9 to detect contraband and illegal cargoes.
Vingno advises the passenger not to bring so much luggage in travelling for it adds delay to their trip. They will also see to it that no excess passengers are allowed in every trip of vessels. He also said that passengers should book their scheduled trip earlier to avoid rush or miss the trip.
In Bacolod City, there are two piers operating, one at Brgy. Banago, and the other at BREDCO, Reclamation Area. Usually, the ferry vessels plying between Iloilo and Bacolod, and the roro vessels plying Bacolod City and Dumangas, Iloilo are jampacked with passengers during Yuletide season. This excludes the vessels plying Bacolod-Manila-Bacolod routes.
Vingno also urges the passengers to limit their luggage to avoid the burden while travelling.*