SAFETY ACT:  MARITIME  INDUSTRY  CREATES  'PASA-LOAD', 'PASA-HERO'  PROGRAM

MANILA, APRIL 8, 2009
(STAR) By Evelyn Macairan - Administrator Ma. Elena Bautista of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is offering cell phone load worth P50 for each validated report of safety violations of shipping lines.

“Through this program, the Pasa-Hero, we hope to empower the ship-riding public to report safety violations,” she said.

“This is our answer to complaints we do not have enough personnel, not enough budget to check on all the ships all the time.”

In launching the Pasa-Hero program, Bautista said she aims to improve the services of shipping lines by encouraging the public to report safety violations.

Under the program launched last April 3, passengers could help prevent possible tragedies and become heroes, and in the process receive a P50 cell phone load reward for every tip, she added.

The riding public is in the best position to provide information since they would be giving on site reports, Bautista said.

Reports of safety violations can also be sent to Marina-deputized agencies like the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police-Maritime Group and local government units.

If the report is true, Marina would take the proper course of action and file charges against the shipping company, Marina said.

Safety violations include:

• Overloading,

• No or not enough life jackets,

• Smelly lifejackets,

• Intoxicated duty ship officials and crew,

• No directional signs on board the ship,

• Ship’s crew not in proper uniform, and

• Dirty and smelly toilets.

The public can send their report by texting marina_sumbong_ name/location/violation/vessel name to 2985.

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Stations of the Cross
Devotees are expected
to flock to the newly
constructed life-size 14
Stations of the Cross at
the Kawakawa Hills in
Barangay Tuburan in
Ligao City, Albay in
observance of the
Lenten Season.

EDD GUMBAN
Holy Week break
Travelers wait at a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City yesterday to board buses bound for their respective provinces, where they plan to spend the rest of the Holy Week break. BOY SANTO
A World War II monument to the Fight at Layac Junction, located on Death March Km 68 in Dinalupihan, Bataan, honors Philippine and American soldiers who delayed the advance of the Japanese Philippine Expedition in January 1942. VAL RODRIGUEZ Filipino World War II veterans salute during the commemoration of
the 67th anniversary of Araw ng Kagitingan at the foot of the towering white cross at the Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan yesterday.
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