By J. Jala | 05:47 PM February 11, 2020
Residents have a sigh of relief after the cargo vessel manned by Chinese crew had left Garcia Hernandez town.
It left at 5 p.m. on Monday, February 10.
Barangay officials of West Canayaon carefully monitored the activities of the Chinese crew on board a Chinese vessel that docked there last Friday, February 7.
According to village chief Joeritz Baybay, they were only allowed to dock but there were strict orders not to let the 22 Chinese crew disembarked from the said vessel.
Baybay showed a copy of a letter from the office of Mayor Tita Baja where it instructed the Philippine Mining Service Corporation (PMSC) resident manager to implement this.
The vessel was subjected to quarantine procedures by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) personnel. They found out that the crew members did not show signs and symptoms of fever, cough, and colds.
MV Fortune Tiger traveled from China to Garcia Hernandez town to collect limestone at PMSC.
Baybay said their strict monitoring, upon orders of Mayor Baja, was to also ensure that no crew would interact with the locals there as a precaution for the possible spread of 2019-nCoV ARD in the town.