‘Florita’ halts sea travel

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Philippine Coast Guard in Antique province announced on Tuesday that it has canceled all trips going to Occidental Mindoro and Palawan due to “strong to gale force winds” brought by tropical storm “Florita.”

“The Coast Guard Antique Station has also canceled the trips of the motorboats from Lipata Port to Mararison island in Culasi because of the rough to very rough sea condition,” said Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train.

Three passenger vessels ply the Libertad to Caluya port and then to Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, while 15 boats travel the Lipata port to Mararison route in Culasi town, Antique.

Because of the inclement weather, Train said fishermen were also advised to refrain from going out to the sea, while students in upland areas were warned to be
extra-careful going to school due to possible landslide due to the moderate and heavy rainfall since Monday.

“So far, the Department of Public Works and Highways has not yet reported any major road affected by the landslide though, especially the one in the boundary of Hamtic, Antique and in San Joaquin, Iloilo,” Train said.

There was no reported flooding requiring evacuation by the local government units.

The PDRRMO said they continue to monitor the situation in the province with the assistance of their local counterparts.

Meanwhile, the completion of two flood control structures along Amburayan River in Bangar, La Union is timely for calamities, such as the severe tropical storm.

In a statement on Tuesday, Department of Public Works and Highways Ilocos regional office information officer Esperanza Tinaza said the constructed high concrete dike and revetment along the riverbank of Barangay Mindoro measures 409 meters long and five meters high.

She added that the P49-million project was funded from the General Appropriations Act of 2022.


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