Capsized Motorbancas Incident Updates

August 4, 2019, 12:30 PM

The Emergency Meeting called by Governor Samuel T. Gumarin this morning of August 3, 2019 has ended and initial actions are underway.

The Guimaras Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office have a Joint Command Post located at the Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal.

The post is currently addressing the Capsized Motorbancas Incident that happened on August 3, 2019, 12:15 p.m. carrying 43 passengers (Chi-chi: 43 pax and 4 crew; Keziah: 4 crew) plying the Parola-Jordan route due to strong winds caused by the Low Pressure Area; and at 3:30 p.m. another boat (Jenny Vince) with 34 passengers and 4 crew.

Search, rescue and retrieval operations are currently ongoing.
Food packs and clothings were distributed to stranded passengers while psycho-social interventions were given to survivors.
Trips are still suspended today.

The riding public are being transported to and from Guimaras through the RoRo Wharf. Free transportation is provided to the commuters of the RoRo barge.

Recent monitoring reports say that the said ports are gradually being declogged with the Philippine National Police manning the traffic.
Priorities are now focused on the survivors and casualties. Their respective information are being tracked and monitored for proper documentation.
Coordination with the city government and all hospitals is done to verify the casualties and be endorsed to their families, folks and transported back to their homes.

Guimaras has a satellite command post at the Office of the Governor to cater all needs and information.
Tomorrow, August 5, 2019, the Guimaras PDRRMC will convene to recommend to the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan the provision of immediate financial assistance and stress debriefing to survivors and the families of the casualties.

All information and inquiries may be coursed through our official 4K hotlines:
Smart: 0998 369 3844
Globe: 0926 713 1372

As of 8:30 pm August 6, 2019 situation report:
Total Number of Passengers: 83
Total Number of Crews: 13
Number of Survivors: 65
Number of casualties: 31 (all identified)
Missing: 0