Ships, passengers stranded in Iloilo

Published September 15, 2018, 6:34 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—While the city and province of Iloilo are not under any storm signal due to typhoon Ompong, several ships and passengers have been stranded.

Lt. Cdr. Ramil Palabrica, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Western Visayas region, said Saturday those stranded are mostly at Dumangas Port in Dumangas town. They included 151 passengers, 53 cargo ships and four stranded vessels.

At the Parola Wharf in Iloilo City, more than 200 passengers are stranded. Most of them are residents of the island province of Guimaras.

There are also no fastcraft trips between Iloilo City and Bacolod City.

Despite not having storm signal warning, PCG decided to suspend trips because of big waves and there is a gale warning in the region.

Palabrica said other ports in Antique and Capiz have no reported stranded passengers.

He also does not have data yet as to the situation at Caticlan Port in Malay town, Aklan province. The port across world-famous Boracay Island mostly caters to roll-on, roll-off (RORO) vessels.