The Ormoc City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said 35 people died after a motorized boat reportedly carrying around 189 people capsized off Ormoc City on Thursday.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.
Soriaco Solibao, a city official, said the boat M/V Kim Nirvana capsized a kilometer from the pier.
According to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo, the 33-gross-ton motorized boat regularly brought passengers from Ormoc City to Camotes Island.
One hundred and thirty-four passengers were rescued, 35 are confirmed dead, and at least 20 others are missing.
The boat's captain and crew are now under the custody of the PCG.
According to Balilo, they will deploy divers to search under the capsized boat, as there might still be some people trapped underneath.