LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 12 (PNA) -- At least 2,034 passengers were marooned since Tuesday in various major ports across Bicol after maritime authorities prevented all types of sea vessels to sail as storm warning signal no. 1 was hoisted over Bicol due to Tropical Depression "Ramon", the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said Wednesday.
The “no sailing” policy also stranded 59 trucks, 20 cars, 51 passenger buses, 15 sea vessels and 15 motor bancas in the ports of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Catanduanes.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol reported that as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 1,407 or half of the stranded passengers, who were bound for the Visayas, were in the Matnog port in Sorsogon while the rest were stranded in the ports of Tabaco (150), Pioduran (191) all in Albay; Pilar (163), Bulan (25) in Sorsogon; Sasban (920), Pasacao (35) Masbate (30) and Catanduanes with only eight passengers.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Albay PDRRMC chairperson, suspended classes in the elementary and secondary levels in schools in the third district of the province covering the towns of Guinobatan, Jovellar, Oas, Polangui, Pioduran, Libon and Ligao City, saying that these areas are prone to floods and landslides.
Salceda however said that classes in all levels in other areas (1st and 2nd districts) are not suspended.