Due to the inclement weather brought about by Typhoon “Ursula” (Phanfone) that affects many areas in Luzon and Visayas, around two hundred eighty (280) passengers who are supposed to travel to Cebu and Bohol, had spent the Christmas Eve at the Port of Cagayan de Oro. So they would not miss the once-in-a-year holiday celebration, the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PMO MO/C) has organized an instant “Fellowship on Christmas Eve” activity for them.

Apart from the usual provision of meals to the stranded passengers starting lunch on 24 December, the PMO, with the cooperation and voluntary aid of the PNP Precinct 5 and other generous donors, prepared a “Noche Buena” for all. A short program was also instantly organized, which included games, and dance numbers from youngsters among the passengers themselves.

In continuing promotion of the PPA’s Serbisyo at Malasakit, Malasakit pouches were distributed among senior citizens. This pouch contains foldable pan, hand towel, and other necessary toiletries. Passenger children also received loot bags full of candies and other goodies. The distribution of the pouches and loot bags was led by Port Manager Isidro V. Butaslac Jr. himself, along with Port Police Superintendent Bernardo A. Gartalia, and PNP Precinct 5 officials.

Breakfast meals are also served on the following morning of Christmas Day.

As of 11:00 AM on 25 December, suspension of trips to Bohol, Cebu, and other areas in Visayas was already lifted. —IMR Lam