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‘Quinta’ stalls 600 passengers, cargoes in various ports

Raffy Ayeng



About 600 passengers are now stranded in different ports of the country as Typhoon Quinta continues to pound provinces in Southern Tagalog and Eastern Visayas Monday.

As of the 12 noon advisory of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) national heaquarters in Manila, a total of 577 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers; 473 rolling cargoes; 21 vessels; and 10 motorbancas are stranded in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas regions due to “Quinta”.

Around 121 vessels and 51 motorbancas are taking shelter as a precautionary measure against possible threats of the tropical depression, the PCG said.

“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 nationwide monitoring to strictly implement guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” according to the PCG monitoring team.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard Districts, Stations, and Sub-Stations across the country are on standby to respond on emergency situations, in coordination with local government units and disaster response teams.

The PCG is still verifying reports that 12 fishermen went missing in Catanduanes, based on the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).