Passenger boat trips resumed at 5:45 in the morning Tuesday, December 4.
The resumption came after passenger boat trips were suspended at 5:30 Monday afternoon, December 3. The suspension was announced when storm signal number 1 was raised at the province of Aklan including the island of Boracay.
In a phone interview on Tuesday morning, December 4, Lt. Cmdr. Terence Alsosa, Station Commander of the PCG Caticlan, explained that despite the storm signal being at number 1, passenger boat trips have resumed since it was observed that the weather was still fare and the sea waves were not strong.
However, if the storm signal is raised to signal number 2, even when the weather is still the same, passenger boat trips will be suspended anytime today.
In the meantime, sea sporting activities are still suspended, this includes island hopping and diving.
Nevertheless, swimming at sea is not prohibited since Alsosa is confident that there are lifeguards patrolling the beach and that if the weather worsens, swimmers will be cautioned.
Alsosa added that there is no ordinance which prohibits swimming at sea during a storm. However, he explained in a phone interview at around 1pm, Tuesday that when people are in danger by swimming during a storm, necessary action will be taken by the Philippine Coast Guard.
Alsosa also appealed in the recent interview to coastal villages, and small fishermen to wait for Typhoon “Pablo” to leave before venturing to sea for safety reasons.
Meanwhile, in a latest development, the Management of Caticlan Jetty Port announced that passenger boat trips will be suspended at 5PM today, December 4, this was confirmed by the Philippine Coast Guard of Caticlan.