Some coastal area residents of El Nido were alarmed the past week due to the presence of numerous fishing vessels that anchor along stretch of Duli Beach that covers Barangays Bucana and Teneguiban.
In a report from a local official in the said barangays to Palawan Daily News, many of them fear that these fishing boats may have workers who have travelled to other places and can be carriers of COVID-19.
PDN informed the Coast Guard Station in El Nido of the information and it immediately conducted operation in the said area yesterday, April 15, where the Coast Guard spotted nine fishing boats.
The said station took precautionary measures to check the crew members of these boats and upon investigation, they found out that these boats were taking refuge in the area to avoid big waves.
These fishing boats are owned by RVL Fishing Corporation and Monalinda that are based in Manila, and New Port Fishing Corporation from Zamboanga City.
The Coast Guard station told PDN that based on their inspection, the crew of these fishing boats are residents of Cuyo, Linapacan and El Nido, and for months now, they are just fishing around Palawan waters, and they didn’t set foot to any land area nearby.
The source also said that they checked all the temperatures of these crew and all of them are in good and in healthy conditions.
“Mas sigurado sila wala silang sakit dahil matagal na silang nasa laot, mayroon din tayong floating asset na nasa area ngayon para bantayan sila,” said the Coast Guard El Nido personnel who requested anonymity.