By Mary Judaline Partlow
The Coast Guard Station in Dumaguete has suspended all sea travels beginning before midnight Thursday due to tropical storm “Sendong”, whose path is expected to cross many parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
All types of sea craft, big and small, have been denied departure from various ports in Negros Oriental and Siquijor until the storm has passed and the weather has cleared, said Lt. Commander Agapito Bibat, chief of the Dumaguete Coast Guard station.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its latest Severe Weather Bulletin issued at 11 a.m. Friday, hoisted Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 over Southern Negros, Siquijor Island, Southern Cebu, Southern Leyte, Bohol, and other parts of Mindanao.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, sea vessels were denied departure from the port of Dumaguete and the wharves in Sibulan, Tandayag in Amlan town, and Guihulngan City, as well as the private port of the Dumaguete Copra Milling in Bacong town, Bibat said.
Some passengers en route to Dumaguete and Dapitan via Tagbilaran, Bohol were already reported stranded as early as Thursday afternoon after PAGASA already declared areas in the Visayas and Mindanao under Public Storm Warning Signals, he added.
Over in Siquijor, which is also part of the coverage area of the Dumaguete Coast Guard Station, the M/V Lite Ferry 15, which was supposed to depart for Tagbilaran, Bohol, was also not allowed to leave port, Bibat said.