Bicol Civil Defense Office spokesman Gremil Alexis Naz said the LTO ban on overland travel beyond the Bicol mainland is to ensure vehicles do not obstruct the highway and Maharlika’s ports once sea travel was halted.
ALBAY, Philippines – The Bicol and North Samar Coast Guard suspended sea voyages on Thursday, October 27, as part of disaster preparedness for Tropical Storm Paeng.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol spokesman Gremil Alexis Naz told Rappler on Thursday afternoon that the Coast Guard district office in the area has suspended all sea travel except to Camarines. North.
In the Eastern Visayas, the Coast Guard halted all sea voyages from Allen Port in North Samar to Bicol and East Samar around 11:30 a.m.
Bicol Land Transportation Office (LTO) crews fanned out on highways in Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon to remind bus and truck drivers that the agency has suspended ground travel from Bicol to Masbate and Catanduanes Islands and Visayas and Mindanao.
The LTO, which announced the suspension on Wednesday, October 26, said Circular No. 2022-008 covered all vehicles bound for the ports of Matnog and Pilar in Sorsogon, the ports of Pioduran and Tabacco in Albay, “and all other ports in the Bicol region.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Paeng may first pass near Catanduanes on Saturday, October 29, but is expected to make landfall in other parts of Luzon.
Naz explained that the LTO suspension is for vehicles coming from Manila and other parts of Luzon going to Matnog port and other major ports in Bicol, so that these do not obstruct the Maharlika highway. and ports once the sea voyage stops.
Eastern Visayas OCD Deputy Director Rey Gozon said in an interview on Thursday afternoon that the entire Northern Samar province and Borongan town in Eastern Samar had suspended classes at all levels.
He said the region and provinces had organized pre-disaster risk assessment to help each other in disseminating information. “So that here in Tacloban and other areas, people don’t waste time going to Allen, because we don’t want passengers clogging up the terminals,” Gozon told Rappler.
He urged people in Eastern Visayas to go to safe areas and try to practice preventive evacuation, especially in coastal towns or those living in areas prone to flooding and landslides.
“We operate 24/7, so whenever you call the office asking for assistance from local government units, we are more than willing to help,” he added.
Amihan, threats of Mayon
Intermittent moderate to heavy rains were felt in the Bicol region, including Albay, on Thursday.
The island town of Rapu-Rapu in Albay has been placed under a tropical cyclone storm signal number by the state weather bureau.
The island city of Rapu-Rapu is located in the eastern part of the province of Albay.
“The Albay PDRRMO (Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management) hereby suspends classes at all levels in private and public schools beginning tomorrow October 28 until October 30,” Governor Noel Rosal said in a notice.
The provincial government of Albay has also strengthened its preparedness for amihan trade winds and potential threats from Mayon Volcano.
Rosal warned that heavy rains could bring down pyroclastic material deposited on Mayon ravines in residential areas.
“Prepare for the worst. We’ve been there before. It’s a complex disaster scenario, because when there’s a bad weather disruption and Mayon Volcano is agitated, it could be a double whammy again. hard. So we have to be ready,” Rosal said during the special meeting of the PDRRM full board.
The LTO office in Ragay carried out a random roadside inspection and assistance along the border from Del Gallego to Camarines Sur as a precautionary measure.
LTO Pamplona, Camarines Sur, teams visited and monitored the Pasacao Port Terminal for information dissemination before heading to the Maharlika Highway to provide assistance and remind drivers of the suspension.