Coast Guard Iloilo gets new chief after sea tragedy

Jennifer Garcia Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2019 11:51 AM | Updated as of Aug 08 2019 11:56 AM

Philippine Coast Guard Iloilo’s new Station Commander Captain Erlinda Benliro. Photo from WVPCGA

ILOILO CITY – The new officer-in-charge of the Philippine Coast Guard Iloilo station officially assumed office on Thursday, following the death of 31 people in capsized ferries over the weekend.

Captain Erlinda Beliro replaces Commander Perlita Cinco who was relieved from post following the sea tragedy.

Beliro said protocols would be changed but she declined to give further details. She said Coast Guard would ensure safety of sea travellers

Currently, there are 4 vessels ferrying passengers from Iloilo to Guimaras and vice-versa as motorized boats are still not allowed to sail due to a gale warning.

At least 40 motor bancas with 90 crew are stranded at the Parola Wharf in Iloilo City since the sea tragedy on Saturday.