J. Jala| Posted on March 13, 2020
The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) has announced today that all Cebu port services will not be disrupted amid the continuing threat brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a news release by CPA, it indicated that there will still be normal operations in all passenger and cargo terminals within the province and cities of Cebu they directly administered and managed.
This means it remains open to all incoming and outgoing vessels including foreign vessels.
However, consistent with the province-wide effort to prevent the possible entry of the virus in Cebu province and in accordance with Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation No. 922 series of 2020, CPA is adopting all possible control measures.
Still, no foreign ships shall be allowed to dock and crew and passengers are not allowed to disembark unless permitted by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and the Bureau of Immigration through verified issuance of free pratique or health clearance, shore pass or disembarkation permits and other pertinent permits.
There will be body temperature check through a non-contact thermometer and provision of soaps and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for all passengers.
If in case, there will be persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms, there are already identified temporary isolation rooms and holding areas in ports to provide fast assistance and response in partnership with the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7) and the BOQ in order to minimize risk of exposure to other port users.
“Though we are on business-as-usual in our port operations, CPA is also doing its share by ensuring that the risk of exposure of our port users is reduced or minimized,” said CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole.
Based on the issued port protocol by CPA, all passengers including crew and any other person departing from the port shall be subject to mandatory non-contact thermal scan for proactive detection.
All Cebu outbound passengers are requested to comply with the enforced port protocol for everyone’s safety. Those persons suspected of having an infectious disease who shall resist or seriously disobey the enforced protocol may be arrested and charged in violation of Presidential Decree 856, otherwise known as the “Code on Sanitation of the Philippines”.
“Our assigned port police are on standby 24/7 to ensure the smooth flow of our port operations,” added Miole.
Passengers are also encouraged to be at their assigned terminals at least two hours before their scheduled trip to avoid hassles like the long lines to get their tickets and to give time for security and temperature checks and other necessary procedures. All passenger vessels are likewise directed to observe early boarding to avoid possible delays.
“On international cargo vessels, CPA remains open in accepting the entry of international ships to our port. Our conditions are the non-disembarkation of vessel crew and the suspension of all visitation privileges extended to seafarers of foreign ships while docked in any CPA-controlled port,” added Miole.