DOTr ramps up safety measures for All Saints’ Day

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Batangas passenger terminal. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard/CG SW2 AJ Rios/PIO-CGDSTL.
  • The Department of Transportation deployed more personnel at sea and air ports, rail lines, and roads with the expected influx of passengers during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day
  • During the long weekend, the Manila International Airport Authority forecasts around 1.2 million passengers at its airports
  • The Philippine Ports Authority sees 1.4 million passengers passing through its ports from October 27 to November 5. The agency also mandated a “no leave policy” to handle the expected surge in passengers
  • MIAA has set up special desks at Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines asked airlines to provide extra personnel

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) ramped up safety measures and ordered the deployment of more personnel at sea and air ports, rail lines, and roads with the expected influx of passengers during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The Philippine Ports Authority declared a “no leave policy” from October 25 to November 8. The agency anticipates 1.4 million travelers passing through its ports from October 27 to November 5.

The Philippine Coast Guard is closely watching the country’s western and eastern seaboards and inter-island routes to keep things safe.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has requested additional personnel from airline stakeholders to handle the rising number of travelers.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will deploy units to assist passengers at the Oplan Help desks in Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

MIAA officer-in-charge Bryan Andersen Co said about 1.2 million passengers are expected during the extended weekend, which covers the week of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The Office for Transportation Security has mandated enhanced security measures across all transportation facilities such as airports, seaports, bus terminals, and rail stations.

For the rail sector, the Philippine National Railways, Light Rail Manila Corporation, Light Rail Transit Authority, and DOTr Metro Rail Transit-3 will continue to operate on regular hours to service more passengers.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Land Transportation Office are assigning staff to different transport terminals and major roads to ensure smooth traffic.