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9,300 passengers at Matnog port allowed to sail

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines — At least 9,300 stranded passengers were allowed to sail on Wednesday afternoon after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) lifted the no-sailing policy at Matnog Port in Sorsogon.

Chief Petty Officer Nelson Jazo, sub-station commander of PCG Bicol in Matnog, said the weather bureau has lifted the wind signal at 2 p.m., but the first vessel to Allen, Samar, sailed before 7 p.m.

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“The first trip was delayed because we waited for the vessels that sheltered in some parts of Masbate. The queueing is still a struggle for thousands of strandees,” he said.

Jazo said most of the stranded passengers would probably stay in the terminal for few more days because of the crowded ticketing schedule.

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“We prioritize buses and light vehicles because they cater to passengers. The tracking services and cargoes are less of a priority,” he added.

Before the resumption of the operation, about 470 trucks, 92 buses, and 471 cars were stranded in the port.

There were also 2,516 passengers from 38 buses, 58 trucks and 2 light vehicles waiting in the towns of Irosin, Juban, and Casiguran, the PCG Bicol said in its 4 p.m. report.

Meanwhile, 2,138 passengers were still stuck in the ports of Albay; 134 in Masbate; and 110 in Camarines Sur.

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