Sea trips bound for Negros, Cebu and Mindanao resume

Sea vessels from Iloilo bound for Negros Occidental, Cebu and Mindanao are now allowed to sail effective noontime Monday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Iloilo.

PCG-Iloilo Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica said that the trips resumed after tropical depression "Auring" has weakened into a low pressure area, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) in its weather bulletin issued at 11 a.m. today.

Iloilo was placed under TCWS No. 1 on Sunday along with the Negros Island Region, Mindanao, Palawan, Cebu, among others.

"We resumed the trips of our vessels in all Iloilo ports so that our 1,056 passengers who were stranded could already go home," he said.

Vessels bound for Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, Bacolod and Cebu were allowed to depart starting noontime today. Palabrica said that some passengers were stranded since Saturday evening.

PCG assured that all passengers, especially those who were stranded, will be accommodated by the vessels and could already go home within the day, especially that the Dumangas Port in Dumangas, Iloilo operates 24 hours.

As of the moment, Palabrica said that the coastal waters in Iloilo have moderate waves with slight rain and clouds.

While there are no reported incidents of capsized boats in Iloilo, small fishermen are still advised not to venture into fishing.

Palabrica said that although the typhoon signal here was lifted, low pressure will still be felt, the reason that it is still not safe for small fishermen to venture into fishing.

Source: Philippines News Agency