THE 85 Camiguin-bound passengers stranded at the Balingoan, Misamis Oriental port due to Tropical Depression Auring over the weekend were finally allowed to travel Monday afternoon, January 9.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration lifted the storm warning signal for Misamis Oriental after the typhoon weakened and turned back into a low pressure area on Monday.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer for Misamis Oriental Fernando Dy Jr. said the trip for the stranded passengers, all residents of Camiguin province, was scheduled 1 p.m., Monday.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano had ordered the PDRRMO to provide food assistance to the stranded passengers.

“Nagmando si Governor Bambi nga padal-an og pagkaon ang mga na-stranded. Gitagaan nato sila og panihapon ug pamahaw (Governor Bambi ordered to deliver food to the stranded passengers. We gave them food for dinner and breakfast),” Dy said.

More than 900 passengers stranded at the Cagayan de Oro port in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City, are still waiting for their scheduled trips to their respective destinations.

Trips have been delayed since Saturday, January 7, following the storm warning signal.

Most of the stranded passengers are bound for Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Manila.

“Kung ma-lift na pud ang storm warning signal sa ilang mga destinations posible madayon na ilang byahe (If the storm warning signal in their destinations is lifted, their trip will resume),” Rodello Sastrellas of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) command center said.

Sastrellas said the passengers are staying at the waiting areas of the port terminals while the PPA is providing them with food.

Tropical Depression Auring, meanwhile, caused landslides in the province after three days of continuous rains.

The areas where reported landslides occurred included Mahayahay, Magsaysay and Punta Gorda, Jasaan.

The incident, however, did not cause much burden to the motorists since the road remained passable.

“Naa pud natumba nga poste sa Moresco sa Jasaan pero napatindog ra after pila ka oras (A post which belongs to Moresco in Jasaan fell down but it was brought up hours after),” Dy said.

The risk and disaster offices of another three towns implemented preemptive evacuation for their residents due to possible landslides and flash floods.

Dy said 15 families in Talisayanm, 56 families in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, and 17 families in Claveria left their homes and spent the night either in the school or in the municipal halls.

He further said the preemptive evacuation made by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) has been a wise move when life of the residents is at risk.

“All three preemptive evacuations was a good move. Same atong panawagan sa uban MDRRMO nga kung makita nga delikado ang sitwasyon sa mga residente mahimo sad nga mag-preemptive evacuation (It is the same for MDRRMO that if the situation is dangerous for the residents, a preemptive evacuation is possible),” Dy said.

He also said clearing operations in the areas affected by Auring is ongoing.