BACOLOD CITY–Shortly after the resumption of trips between Negros Occidental and Iloilo Tuesday morning, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was forced to order a suspension of trips again, this time due to the effect of Tropical Storm “Dante”.
Based on an 11:00 a.m. weather bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “Dante” was last spotted 235 kilometers east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
The storm has maintained its strength of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) with wind gusts at 90 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.1 was hoisted over the northern portion of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, as well as the northern and central portion of Iloilo province.
In a travel advisory posted, the PCG’s Coast Guard Station (CGS) Negros Occidental ordered an immediate suspension of all fast craft and roll-on/roll-off trips plying the Bacolod City-Iloilo City, and Bacolod City-Dumangas, Iloilo route.
Aside from Bacolod City, CGS-Negros Occidental also suspended its trips between Sagay City, Escalante City to Tabuelan town in Cebu, and San Carlos City to Toledo City, Cebu.
As of 3:25 p.m., Monday afternoon there are 129 passengers and 10 rolling cargoes bound for Manila stranded at the BREDCO Port in Bacolod City along with 31 passengers bound for Iloilo City.
Likewise, 22 passengers and 10 rolling cargoes bound for Dumangas port are also on hold at the city’s main seaport.
The CGS said they will issue another travel advisory as soon as the storm signal is lifted. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)