PHOTO CAPTION: All is still at BREDCO Port in Bacolod City following the suspension of sea trips by the Coast Guard due to TS Auring. (Photo: Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod)
BACOLOD CITY–The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental ordered a halt on all sea trips in the province over the weekend after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted Storm Signal No.1 over the province due to Tropical Storm “Auring”.
Captain Ludovico Librilla, acting PCG-Negros Occidental station commander, initially said early Saturday morning only vessels weighing above 250 gross tonnage were allowed to sail due to a gale warning in Western Visayas.
Several fast craft operators plying the Bacolod-Iloilo route were thus allowed to continue with their trips as some of the vessels they operated met the weight criterion. However, by 9:00 a.m. of the same day, concerns for the safety and passengers and crew led the said operators to suspend their services temporarily, Librilla stated.
Roll-on/roll-off services going to Dumangas port continued for the rest of the day normally although by 5:00 p.m., after PAGASA placed the northern portion of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, under Storm Signal No.1, the PCG suspended all sea trips.
Although there are currently no stranded passengers at the Bredco port in Bacolod City, some passengers did arrive around early Saturday evening hoping to catch a Manila-bound 2GO Travel ferry, but the trip was canceled.
Aside from Bredco and Banago ports in Bacolod City, the ports in Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Calatrava, and San Carlos City had also suspended their sea travel as early as Saturday morning since Cebu island was also placed on a tropical cyclone warning signal by PAGASA./(Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS Bacolod/Negros Bureau)