Don't proceed to Matnog, Port Management Office advises drivers

LEGAZPI CITY-- The Port Management Office (PMO) here has advised drivers of buses to temporarily seek shelter at bus terminals instead of proceeding to Matnog.

The notice was issued as the queue of vehicles now stretches about 3 kilometers.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda echoed the notice over Twitter, which reads: "We advise bus drivers to temporarily seek shelter @ terminals instead of proceeding to Matnog for passenger safety, convenience."

As of 8 in the morning, the stranded vehicles number as follows: at PPA marshalling area - trucks- 38, light cars- 26, buses - 9 ; at LGU terminal- trucks- 10, bus - 35; at highway leading to the port- Trucks- 66; and at the PNP Control Points in Sorsogon City- 178.

Meanwhile, there are about 528 passengers now at the port's waiting area.

The number of stranded passengers is expected to balloon after the Roll-on-Roll-Off trips have been suspended since migdnight due to Tropical Storm "Amang".

Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao Island are now under Public Storm Signal Number 1 according to the 11 am advisory of PAGASA.

Only buses carrying pilgrims, private vehicles and trucks carrying perishable goods were given loading priority at the port.

Adille said pilgrims were prioritized and allowed to travel first as per the order from the central office of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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