The Maritime Industry Authority and Philippine Coast Guard have started an investigation into the deadly sea tragedy at Iloilo Strait last weekend.
Coast Guard Western Visayas commander Commodore Allan Victor dela Vega will be among those investigated for the incident last Aug. 3.
Dela Vega said a two-member team from the PCG main office’s Marine Casualty Investigation Division arrived Monday to conduct the investigation (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/probe-on-iloilo-strait-tragedy-starts/).
“I’m also being investigated for command responsibility,” he added.
Some personnel of the Coast Guard Wester Visayas will also be investigated, though they will initially act as resource persons of the probe.
The probe may also quiz boat operators of the ill-fated motorbancas Keziah, Chi-Chi, and Jenny Vince and their crew members.
Dela Vega said the investigators would make recommendations to avert other marine incidents in the future.
Meanwhile, the MARINA said its Maritime Crisis Management Committee (MCMC) convened Monday and deployed an Investigation/Coordination Team (ICT) to the incident site (https://marina.gov.ph/2019/08/05/marina-investigates-capsized-motorbancas-in-iloilo-guimaras-strait/).
For its part, the MARINA Regional Office VI in Iloilo City created a helpdesk to coordinate with other involved agencies including the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Local Government Unit (LGU).
Also, MARINA suspended operations of all passenger motorbancas operating the Iloilo–Guimaras route, subject to review and assessment of safety conditions of the vessels concerned.
In the meantime, MARINA will direct two Roll-on Roll-off vessels to increase their schedule of voyage frequency in the Iloilo-Guimaras route.