Severe tropical storm “Bising” intensified into a typhoon shortly after entering the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday, but it will not directly hit the country, the Philippine Atmospherical, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
But while it was not going to directly affect the country, the Department of Transportation suspended land and sea trips to the Visayas and Mindanao via Matnog Port and other ports and other ports in the Visayas.
“It is likely that the winds and heavy rains associated with this tropical cyclone will begin affecting portions of Eastern Visayas and Bicol region beginning on Sunday,” its bulletin read.
“Bising” is less likely to make landfall in any part of the country, and that over the next three days, it is forecast to steadily intensify.
Its center was at 960 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
It was moving west northwestward at 15 km per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h.
At the same time, the DOTr advised trucking/logistics companies and buses not to proceed but postpone their planned trips to avoid long queues at Matnog, Sorsogon, to Daraga, Albay.
The department said the suspension was made upon the request of the Office of the Civil Defense in Region V and approved by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Emergency Operations Center.
“Moreover, the DOTr orders its attached agencies in the Maritime and Road Sectors, namely the Philippine Coast Guard, the Land Transportation Office, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to immediately enforce the said travel suspension,” it stated.
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