PCG allows vessels to leave Cebu’s port-A A +A
Sunday, March 23, 2014
THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) allowed Saturday vessels to resume
serving their routes from Cebu to other parts of the Visayas and
Mindanao, after Caloy weakened from a tropical depression into a low-pressure area.
Commander Rodolfo Villajuan, chief of the Cebu CG Station, said that around 5 p.m., the agency lifted its order that had kept vessels from leaving Cebu the other day.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) had placed Cebu under signal number one last Friday, with Caloy on track to hit Dumaguete City supposedly today.
But at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the bureau said that after hitting in Surigao del Sur, the tropical depression weakened.
It is, however, expected to cause cloudy weather in Eastern Visayas and
Caraga Region, with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Villajuan said among the routes where vessels were not allowed to sail were Cebu-Bantayan Island, Cebu-Camotes Island, Cebu-Dumaguete City and Cebu-Bohol.
He said he had alerted all available personnel to respond to any emergency
once the depression passed over Cebu and Dumaguete.
Last Friday night, an Oslob-bound motorized banca got damaged in the waters off Cauayan, Negros Occidental, after one of its outriggers broke.
According to a report over dyLA, no one was injured after the 21 passengers, including 14 foreign nationals, were rescued by authorities.
Eleven of the foreigners were ferried by a rescue ship to Iloilo City early yesterday morning. The other passengers, together with seven Filipino crew members, stayed on the boat.
They disembarked in Guimaras Island. The radio report said the boat was heading to Antique Province before going to Oslob in Cebu Province, when the accident happened. (EOB/DSM)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 23, 2014.