By Betheena Kae Unite
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has cancelled all scheduled sea trips in affected areas as Typhoon Tisoy is expected to hit Bicol region.
“We are on heightened alert. We also suspended all maritime activities to include recreational activities in all areas where public storm warning signal is raised,” Captain Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson said on Monday.
A total of 5,327 passengers were reported stranded in port terminals in Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas as of 6 a.m.
The operations of 1,030 rolling cargoes, 51 motorbancas, and 45 vessels were also temporarily suspended, while 125 vessels and 19 motorbancas are taking shelter due to the weather condition.
According to Balilo, all scheduled trips were also cancelled in Matnog Sorsogon since Sunday.
Travelers going to Boracay were also advised that trips of passenger motorbancas and other watercrafts plying the route of Caticlan-Cagban Jetty Port and vice versa are only allowed from sunrise to sunset.
Roll-in, roll-out vessels trips from Caticlan to Roxas in Mindoro, Caticlan to Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, Caticlan to Batangas Port and vice versa were cancelled.
Motorbancas operations from Caticlan to Sta. Fe, Looc, and San Jose in Romblon and vice versa trips are also cancelled due to the typhoon.
“All Coast Guard units ensure the strict implementation of the guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy weather to ensure the safety of lives and properties at all costs,” PCG said.