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Albay and Bicol authorities on alert as tugboat and barge said manned by COVID-19 crew nears

Bicol’s Task Force COVID-19 to meet on Albay-bound tugboat and barge; PCG frontline on alert

MANILA – The Bicol Region’s government authorities are meeting tomorrow morning to discuss appropriate measures to respond to handle passengers and crew aboard a tugboat identified as M/V Tug Clyde and Barge Claudia said to be afflicted with COVID-19.

Sketchy reports disclosed the vessels came from Indonesia and allegedly left Butuan Port and now bound for Legazpi City.

Citing the Office of Civil Defense, Brigada News FM Bicol said its latest port of call was Indonesia and arrived at Butuan Port at 12:30 A.M., July 14,2021.

It is reportedly owned by businessman Nathaniel L. Uy from Milaor, Camarines Sur and is expected to reach a private port in Sto. Domingo town on Tuesday after at 5:00.

Meanwhile, Philippine Coast Guard’s Admiral George Ursabia said they have alerted their personnel since yesterday to monitor the vessels’ movement.

“We have already alerted all frontline units since yesterday,” Admiral Ursabia said in a message to this writer.

In a Notice of Meeting from Regional Task Force (RTC) Chair Claudio L. Yucot, acquired by this writer, disclosed different government agencies will meet on Zoom tomorrow morning with DOH, DILG, local task forces in Albay and Legazpi City, Bureau of Quarantine, Philippine Navy, PPA, Philippine Coast Guard, among others.

The Bureau of Quarantine is expected to present the protocol handling of the tugboat’s and barge’s passengers and crew at a private port operated by New Horizons Services Corporation at Lidong, Sto. Domingo town.

The local task forces of Legazpi City and Sto. Domingo town are expected to discuss their respective plans of action.

Meanwhile, the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital has been invited to discuss their possible response. (Melo M. Acuña)

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral George Ursabia. (File Photo/PCG)

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