PCG Iloilo cancels trips of Bacolod-bound fast crafts due to gale warning

ILOILO CITY, -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) cancelled the early Monday morning trips of fast crafts from Iloilo bound for Bacolod City and vice versa following the hoisting of "gale warning" in Negros Occidental.

In an interview Monday, PCG-Iloilo commander Lt. Ramil Palabrica said that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) issued a Gale Warning over Negros Occidental, Samar, Aklan and Capiz at 5:00 a.m. today.

Palabrica said that there are currently no stranded passengers since they were advised to travel through the roll on-roll off vessels, which are continuously operating.

Trips of roll on-roll off vessels are ongoing via Lapuz Port and Dumangas Port.

Trips of small passenger boats in Northern Iloilo, specifically below 200 gross tonnage, were also affected by the cancellation. It covers boat trips from Ajuy, Iloilo bound for Victorias City, Negros Occidental and Estancia, Iloilo bound for Masbate.

However, Palabrica said trips of fast crafts that were cancelled will resume once PAGASA lifts the gale warning issued in Negros Occidental and other areas.

Meanwhile, boat trips from Iloilo bound for Guimaras and vice versa are still ongoing. Palabrica said that they could cancel them anytime for the safety of the passengers.

As of the moment, there are no reported cases of capsized boats in the waters of Iloilo. Small fishermen are further advised not to venture into fishing for safety.

There are also no reported cases of landslide incidents in the region according to Rosario Cabrera, chairman of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

The RDRRMC here is closely monitoring the weather in the different areas in the region. The public is also advised to be vigilant and maintain safety as the region is currently experiencing light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorm due to low pressure area (LPA). (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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