MANILA – A total of 4,527 passengers, drivers, and cargo helpers are still stranded in different ports of the country on Monday while sea travel is still suspended as precautionary measures against Tropical Depression Auring that has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA).
In its maritime safety advisory released at 12 p.m. Monday, the Philippine Coast Guard said the sea condition in northeastern Mindanao is light to moderate.
In Surigao Base Port, Port of Lipata, Port of Feeder, and Port of Nasipit, a total of 795 individuals, two vessels, and 296 rolling cargoes are stranded aside from 17 vessels and five motor bancas taking shelter at the ports to avoid inclement weather at sea.
The sea condition is moderate in Eastern Visayas but has stranded a total of 2,720 individuals, six vessels, and 902 rolling cargoes -- in addition to 12 vessels taking shelter -- at the Port of Liloan Ferry Terminal, Port of San Ricardo, Port of Sta. Clara, Port of Balwerteco, and Port of Dapdap.
In Central Visayas, the sea condition was reported as moderate with 629 stranded individuals, 30 vessels, 356 rolling cargoes -- aside from 22 vessels and 18 motor bancas taking shelter at Hagnaya Wharf, Tabuelan Port, Tuburan Port, Bantayan Pier, Taloot Port, Mainit Port, Samboan/Liloan Port, Toledo City Port, Aduana Wharf, Pier 4 in Cebu City, Angasil Port, Dunggoan Port, Tubigon Port, Tagbilaran Port, Loot Port, Getafe Port, Cogtong Bay, Guindalman Fishport, Pitogo Port, Ubay Port, Larena Port, Dumaguete Port, and Sta. Fe Pier.
In Northern Mindanao, the sea condition was reported as light to moderate and covers the Port of Cagayan de Oro, Port of Opol, and Tubod Port.
A total of 54 individuals, six vessels, three rolling cargoes are stranded in these ports in addition to three vessels that are taking shelter to avoid inclement weather.
In Bicol Region, the sea condition was reported as light to moderate. It affected the Tabaco Port, Bacacay Port, Port of Matnog, Pilar Port, Masbate Port, Pier Area Mandaon, Pier Site San Jacinto, San Pascual Port, Cataingan Port, Pier Site Aroroy, Virac Port and San Andres Port.
A total of 92 individuals, 17 vessels, 24 rolling cargoes, and one motor banca are stranded aside from 24 vessels and 10 motor bancas that are taking shelter.
In Western Visayas, the sea condition was reported as light to moderate but has affected the Caticlan Jetty Port, Dumangas Port, Botongan Port, Carles Port, PPA Port, Libertad Wharf, Lipata Port, Banago Port, Bredco Port, Port Area in Zone IV, Barangay 5 in Sipalay City, Feeder Port, Port Area Brgy. VI in San Carlos City, Purok Camia in Barangay Old Poblacion, and Himamayalan Port.
A total of 285 individuals, five vessels, and 150 rolling cargoes are stranded in these ports in addition to 17 vessels and 29 motor bancas that are taking shelter.
In the Southern Tagalog region, the sea condition was last reported as light to moderate. It has affected the Lucena Port, Cotta Port, Daungan Port, Port of Atimongan, Cawit Port, Balanacan Port, Romblon Port, Carmen Port, Looc Port, and Santa Fe Port.
A total of six individuals, one vessel, and 11 rolling cargoes are stranded while 25 vessels and 33 motor bancas are taking shelter at said ports.
“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” the PCG said.
In case of evacuation or rescue operations, it said response groups are deployed in the affected areas in coordination with the concerned local government unit. (PNA)