Fast craft trips from Iloilo to Bacolod suspended due to gale warning q

ILOILO CITY -- All trips of fast crafts from Iloilo bound for Bacolod City, vice versa, were suspended Tuesday morning, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Iloilo, due to gale warning in Western Visayas.

In an interview Tuesday, PCG-Iloilo commander Lt. Ramil Palabrica said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) issued a Gale Warning No.5 over Western Visyas at 5a.m. Tuesday.

Palabrica said passengers bound to Bacolod City travel through the roll on-roll off vessels, which are continuously operating 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.

PCG-Iloilo here will resume the trips once PAGASA lifts the gale warning issued in the region.

Meanwhile, boat trips from Iloilo bound for Guimaras and vice versa are still ongoing. However, at noon today, the PCG only allowed the boats to carry 75 percent of the total boat capacity to secure the safety of passengers especially that big waves and strong winds are prevailing in the waters off Iloilo and Guimaras.

While there are no reported cases of capsized boats in the waters off Iloilo, small fishermen are further advised not to venture into sea for safety. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency