COAST GUARD SUSPENDS PASSENGER VESSELS’ TRIPS TO SAMAL ISLAND
DAVAO CITY– An official of the Philippine Coast Guard Station Davao has suspended passenger vessels’ trips from Sta. Ana Wharf to Samal Island and vice versa yesterday (March 18) due to Tropical Depression Chedeng, which is expected to take landfall on March 19 at Manay, Davao Oriental.
Commander George Maganto, station commander of Coast Guard Station Davao in an interview said as of 5 am yesterday they received a weather forecast from the Phillipine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) that Davao Region is included in the tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1.
“Immediately coast guard station Davao canceled boat and ferry trips from Sta. Ana Wharf going to the Island Garden City of Samal particularly Talicud and Kaputian islands and vice versa,” Maganto said.
He said there are about 8 liners 60 chartered boats servicing from Sta. Ana Wharf to Samal Island. He said those ferries and boats with bookings (scheduled trips yesterday March 18) were affected due to the cancelation of the trips.
The coast guard has set up three quick reaction teams composed of six to eight personnel each team tasked to conduct quick response and assistance.
On the other hand, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Compostela Valley activated yesterday its Operation Center for Tropical Depression Chedeng.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has declared yesterday the suspension of classes on March 19, 2019 in all levels of public and private schools in order to avert any untoward incident from happening as well as to prevent any inconvenience that the heavy rains may bring upon the young people of the city.
PAGASA has issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 3 for Tropical Depression Chedeng, Monday declaring that while Chedeng has slightly slowed down it has maintained its strength and may make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental in the morning of March 19.
The said bulletin also forecasts scattered to at times widespread moderate to heavy rains over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte on Mar. 18 and in most parts of Mindanao on Mar. 19, which increases the likelihood for Davao City to experience weather disturbances as the affected areas are neighboring provinces.
A passenger vessel plying the Sta. Ana Wharf to Samal Island route.