At least six Vietnamese fishing vessels carrying over a hundred fishermen entered Subic Bay this afternoon to seek shelter from bad weather in the West Philippines Sea.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Law Enforcement Dept. and Philippine Coast Guard personnel guided the vessels to a designated sheltering anchorage area in the bay.
Earlier, the Vietnamese Embassy in Manila sent a message to the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy requesting that assistance be extended to Vietnamese fishermen who might seek refuge inside Philippine Territory due to the Low Pressure Area (LPA) that developed into a Tropical Depression in the West Philippines Sea.
“The Embassy would like to ask the competent authorities to allow the Vietnamese fishing vessels and ships carrying the Vietnam’s flag to be anchored in the Philippines safe ports and safe places,” the Vietnamese Embassy said.
SBMA Chairman & Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said she has directed the Seaport Department to ascertain and provide the necessary assistance needed by the Vietnamese fishermen while in Subic Bay. (VVV)