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Duterte, Piñol brave bad weather to launch multi-purpose fishing vessel

President Rodrigo Duterte has braved the bad weather with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to proceed with the launch of the government’s multi-purpose fishing vessel.

Piñol said that as the crowd waited for the arrival of President Rody Duterte yesterday in Davao for the said launch, easterly gusts of wind topped off the canvas roof of the steel truss-structure serving as the venue for the activity which was set up beside the Sasa Wharf where BRP Lapulapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy were docked for commissioning.

Guests scampered to safety as almost a third of the canvas roof was rolled over and violently flapping as the gusts of wind continued to blow.

“From a distance, I saw what was happening and immediately proceeded to the area,” Piñol said.

“After assessing the problem, I asked the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to delay the arrival of the Presidential Party by about 30 minutes as I figured out a way to stop the strong winds from hammering the tarp-covered structure,” he added.

He then asked the wharf superintendent to build a wall of cargo containers four-stacks high to serve as a windbreaker which they did in record time using the gigantic container-piling tractor.

“As the giant tractor was building the wind-breaker, I immediately ordered Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona to mobilize the Coast Guard men and the workers in the wharf to climb up the steel structure and pull back the tarp-roof to its place,” the Department of Agriculture chief further said.

“In less than 30 minutes, we set up the wall preventing the strong wind from battering the venue, pulled back the roof and the PMS and PSG gave the clearance to the Presidential Party to proceed to the venue,” he further said.


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