MORE THAN 3K STRANDED IN PORTS DUE TO ‘AMANG’
MANILA -- More than 3,000 passengers were stranded in various ports nationwide on Monday afternoon due to Tropical Depression Amang.
In its advisory, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said a total of 3,354 passengers, 498 rolling cargoes, 31 vessels and 9 motorbancas were stranded in various areas of Central Visayas, Bicol and Eastern Visayas as of 4 p.m.
“All Philippine Coast Guard units are advised to ensure strict implementation of HPCG Memorandum Circular Number 02-13 (Guidelines on Movement of Vessels during Heavy Weather),” the PCG advisory read.
Based on the PCG’s guidelines, no vessel of any type or tonnage shall be allowed to sail except to take shelter, as the situation may warrant, whenever storm signal No. 1 or higher, is hoisted within its point of origin, the intended route and port of destination.
All vessels already underway shall seek shelter when any storm signal is hoisted in its immediate vicinity, along its route, and point of destination.
The latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) showed that “Amang” has slightly slowed down over the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar.
Light to moderate rains are expected over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Northern Samar on Monday night. (PNA)