Usman halts sea travel in W. Visayas

OPERATIONS of passenger motorbancas, fastcrafts, roll on-roll off (RO-RO) boats and other sea vessels from Iloilo to various points in the country were cancelled on Dec 28, 2018 by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Iloilo.

The cancellation is due to the Storm Warning Signal No. 1 raised by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) over Western Visayas as Tropical Depression “Usman” approaches.

Travel/media advisories issued by PCG-Iloilo indicated that cancelled were trips of all vessels from Iloilo to Palawan, Central and Eastern Visayas and northern Mindanao.

Also cancelled were those of passenger fastcraft and RO-RO vessels bound from Iloilo Port to Bacolod, Dumangas to Bacolod, Iloilo to Cebu, and from Estancia to Tabuelan in Cebu.

All passenger motorbancas plying routes from Concepcion, Estancia and Carles to islands in northern Iloilo as well as Masbate were not also allowed to sail.

Trips of passenger motorbancas between Iloilo and the province of Guimaras were given the go-signal to ply but only from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Coast Guard Iloilo Station head Lieutenant Commander Rodolfo DeLa Peña Jr. said resumption of trips will depend on the weather bulletin issued by PAGASA.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here has responded by activating its Quick Response Team to attend to the needs particularly of stranded boat passengers.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has gone into blue alert level and is closely monitoring the weather disturbance and will activate needed council actions for any contingencies. (PIA-6)

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