CEBU -- Passengers are stranded in ports and bus terminals here and in Negros Oriental due to the cancellation of trips brought about by the Tropical Depression “Agaton.”
South Bus Terminal operators said that as of 11:30 a.m., there are no trips to Dumaguete City and other municipalities or towns in Negros Oriental due to the tropical depression.
“Wala man daw karun, pero basig unyang hapon,” said Ariel, 27, a Dumaguete-bound passenger who has been waiting in the terminal with his friends since 10 a.m.
Sea travel from Negros Oriental ports are also suspended, according to a passenger stuck in Liko port, Guihulngan town, Negros Oriental.
“Magdepende ra daw sa coast guard diri kay ila tan-awon if makaya og larga, (It would depend on the coast guard here. They have to make sure it is safe to travel)” said Lea Salomon, 20, who has been in the port since 5 a.m.
Negros Oriental, along with Negros Occidental, Bohol, Guimaras, Southern Antique, Southern Iloilo, and Palawan Palawan including Cuyo Island, are under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1.
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Earlier today, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that Agaton is expected to make its 6th landfall in Palawan, following prior landfalls on Socorro and Claver in Surigao del Norte; Jagna, Bohol; Santander, Cebu; and Bais City, Negros Oriental Tuesday morning.
Agaton is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning, January 4. (Erica Jill Dancel, USC AB Communications Intern/SunStar Philippines)