PCG beefs up patrols against illegal entries from Indonesia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) — The Philippine Coast Guard in Southern Mindanao has ordered its assets and personnel to be on guard from those wanting to enter the country illegally from Indonesia amid the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

"The Philippine Coast Guard District Southern Mindanao has ordered its station, sub-stations, floating assets, and operational control (OPCON) units to carry out intensified monitoring and regular patrols to prevent illegal entry of people from Indonesia," the PCG said in a Facebook post on Monday. 

Captain Rejard Marfe, acting commander of PCG District Southern Mindanao, instructed all units in the area to coordinate with local government units and other authorities to make sure safeguards are in place.

Orders were also given to guard against vessels with crew or passengers who might have contracted the dreaded variant.

"PCG Commandant, Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. has directed all Coast Guard districts and units nationwide to step up monitoring of all vessels with crew or passengers who may be carriers of the Delta variant of COVID-19, most especially borders near Indonesia and Malaysia in the Southern part of the Philippines," the PCG said.

The Department of Health earlier said there are eight active Delta variant cases which were discovered after retesting.

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing that one active case is in Manila, four in Cagayan de Oro, one in Misamis Oriental, and two are returning overseas Filipino workers.