PCG ALLOWS VISAYAS-BOUND SHIPS TO LEAVE BICOL PORTS
LEGAZPI CITY — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol on Saturday allowed sea vessels in various ports in the region to sail following the lifting of Typhoon Warning Signal No. 1 in the region.
Some 9,641 passengers, who were stranded in various ports in Bicol since Thursday due to Tropical Depression Usman, were allowed to board their respective sea vessels bound for the Visayas region, including the island-provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate, Jsar Adornado, Office of the Civil Defense Office (OCD) operations chief, said.
“Usman” was downgraded to a low-pressure area and all typhoon warning signals had been lifted.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that as of 5 a.m., some 7,202 were still stranded at the Matnog port in Sorsogon; 2,003 in Albay; 402 in Camarines Sur; and 12 in Masbate, Chief Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said.
A total of 765 trucks, passenger buses, and light vehicles were likewise stranded, with 648 in Sorsogon; nine in Masbate; three in Catanduanes, and one in Albay.
As of this writing, 27 ships remained docked in various ports – 14 in Sorsogon; nine in Masbate; three in Catanduanes; and one in Albay. (PNA)
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