PCG personnel monitor disembarking RoRo passengers at a port in Isabela City, Basilan on August 16, 2022. (Photo courtesy of PCG) 

MANILA – Several public utility bus (PUB) and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) trips going to the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Iloilo, Catanduanes, Leyte, and Davao City have been canceled on Friday due to the impact of Tropical Storm Paeng.

In a Facebook post, the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) said these include trips to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Iloilo City, Maasin City, Southern Leyte; Ormoc City, Leyte; Davao City; Bagamanoc, Catanduanes; and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

In a separate advisory from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the cancellations were due to tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 being raised over Metro Manila, the southern portion of the provinces of Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and Calamian Islands.

“All RoRo PUBs from the Port of Batangas are strongly advised to suspend their trips. Bus operators are instructed to attend to the needs of their passengers especially those who are already stranded in the ports,” the LTFRB said.

It also advised passengers to reconsider traveling if the weather does not improve.

To date, there are a total of 4,551 passengers stranded across several passengers and RoRo ports in Bicol, Southern Tagalog, and Eastern Visayas due to Paeng, according to the 8 a.m. to 12 noon maritime safety advisory of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG).

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in a Facebook post, said these stranded passengers are given meals and drinking water, and other needs to ensure their welfare throughout the ongoing calamity. (PNA)