189 ferry passengers stranded in Lapu-Lapu City due to Paeng; MCIA cancels 10 flights

ABOUT 189 passengers are reportedly stranded in Lapu-Lapu City following the suspension of sea trips due to the bad weather condition brought about by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae) on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Nagiel Bañacia, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the 189 passengers were stranded at Angasil Port in mainland Lapu-Lapu City and Sta. Rosa Port in Olango Island.

Those that were stranded in the mainland are temporarily housed at the Mactan and Marigondon Elementary Schools and provided with food, Bañacia added.

As of 9:40 a.m., Sta. Rosa Ferry & Sta. Rosa Ferry Express announced in their respective Facebook pages that all trips via Olango to Angasil and vice versa are still suspended due to Paeng.

Both ferry operators said the resumption of trips will be announced depending on the weather condition.

On Friday, October 28, Bañacia announced that the sea trips to and from the mainland and islands of Olango, Caubian, Caubian, Caohagan, and Pangan-an, were already cancelled as of 11 a.m. as Tropical Wind Signal 1 was hoisted over the city.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, about 175 passengers bound for the islets in the city were already stranded at Angasil and Marigondon ports due to the suspension of trips.

Flights cancelled

In a related development, at least 10 flights to and from the Mactan Cebu International Airport have been canceled Saturday, October 29, 2022, due to the bad weather condition.

“It was the respective airlines who cancelled the flights due to bad weather,” Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Julius Neri Jr. told SunStar Cebu.