All tours to the underground river had been cancelled by the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) management on orders by the Coast Guard Station (CGS) due to “Samuel.”
Elizabeth Maclang, park superintendent, said the suspension of tours in the subterranean river on Wednesday will remain until Samuel has left the Palawan area.
She said the advice was issued on Tuesday night by the CGS after Puerto Princesa City was also placed under Signal No. 1 by Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“Iyung decision na ‘yan, came from the proper authority ‘yan, hindi namin puwedeng baliin ‘yan kahit medyo maayos naman ‘yong aming dagat. Pero dahil nasa Signal No. 1 ang Palawan, kasama, kailangan naming mag-abide,” Maclang said.
The cancelation has affected over 900 domestic and foreign tourists who had earlier booked to do the underground river tour, she said.
She said their records showed that there were 29 tourists who went to PPUR through the Jungle Trail today, she added.
Maclang said the Jungle Trail, which is a 3.56-kilometer trek going to the world-famous tourism site, will still be open for tourists.
As of 3:00 p.m., PAGASA said the center of Tropical Depression Samuel was estimated at 260 kilometers east of Maasin, Southern Leyte, moving west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
Palawan, including Cuyo Island and Calamian Group of Islands, was put under Signal no. 1.
Meanwhile, Ensign Allison Tindog of Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP) said in a separate interview that tours in the PPUR will resume as soon as the storm signal has been lifted.
“Ang sinusunod lang natin ay ‘yong guidelines. may memorandum circular ‘yan na kapag sinabi nating may signal no. 1, malaki o maliit na sasakyang pandagat [ay] hindi natin papayagang maglayag. Para na rin po ‘yan sa safety, unahin natin ‘yong safety,” Tindog said.
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