MANILA, Philippines – A total of 43,874 outbound passengers and 35,469 inbound passengers have been monitored in all ports in the country on Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
In an update posted on social media on Wednesday, the PCG said it monitored 1,797 more outbound passengers and 3,559 inbound passengers when compared to the number it recorded on Monday.
“Moreover, deployed frontline personnel in 15 PCG Districts inspected a total of 713 vessels and 652 motorbancas,” the PCG said.
“A decrease of 787 (52%) inspected vessels and an increase of 99 (18%) inspected motorbancas were also noted, compared to the previous consolidated report in relation to the ‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa & Summer Vacation 2021’ spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr),” it added.
Coast Guard districts, stations, and sub-stations have been placed on ‘heightened alert’ to manage the possible influx of port passengers during the Lenten week from March 28 to April 3, 2021.
It will also cover the length of summer vacation in anticipation of local tourists who will travel by sea for recreational purposes until May 31.
PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia earlier said they have prepared for the expected increase in the number of local tourists after the two-week intensified border control in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, collectively tagged as NCR Plus bubble.
The NCR Plus is under enhanced community quarantine until April 4, which means non-essential travel is prohibited.
The PCG urged the riding public to coordinate with the Coast Guard Public Affairs at 0927-560-7729 for inquiries, concerns, and clarifications regarding sea travel protocols and regulations.