GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / Dec 3) – Boat trips and plane flights to Siargao Island on Friday were canceled due to heavy rains that hit the east coast of Mindanao.
Boat trips to neighboring Dinagat Islands have also been canceled.
Elaine Pangilinan, acting commander of the Siargao Coast Guard Station, ordered the suspension of voyages for ships with a capacity of 250 gross tons and less using the Surigao-Siargao route and vice versa, as the sea ââconditions were “rough to very rough” with waves up to 2.8 to 4.5 meters.
His counterpart at the Dinagat Islands Coast Guard station, Christian Robert Nieto, issued a similar notice.
Heavy rains have continued to fall here since Thursday evening with moderate to strong winds as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a series of “heavy rain warnings” since early in the morning due to Typhoon “Nyatoh”, which is located somewhere in the eastern part of the country but outside the Philippines area of ââresponsibility.
Cebu Pacific flights from Manila and Cebu were also canceled this morning, according to Richard Alas, head of the local office of the Philippine Civil Aviation Authority.
A Philippine Airlines flight from Cebu was able to land, however, he added.
The mayor of General Luna, Cecilia Rusillon, for her part, imposed a strict policy of banning navigation from tourists who wanted to go from island to island.
For boat owners serving tourists, bad weather means zero income.
âWe are sheltering from the rains. Prevention is better than cure, âsaid Christina Palma, owner of the Moonpath yacht service operating in Siargao.
Some surfers around the island, however, were happy.
“This kind of weather would always offer huge waves, to our delight,” said seasoned surfer Tads Meras. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)