Undas 2019: Passengers reminded to be at transport hubs early for security inspection
Robie de Guzman • October 26, 2019 • 1509
MANILA, Philippines – The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) on Friday reminded passengers to arrive at the airport three hours ahead for international flights, and two hours for domestic flights, to allow enough time for security inspection and other airport procedures.
In a statement, the OTS said this is line with the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2019” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the Catholic community’s observance of annual Undas.
The OTS said security in rail stations, airports, bus terminals, seaports across the country have been heightened in time for Undas when the influx of passengers going to and coming from provinces is expected to be high.
OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul Del Rosario said the filing of leave of airport Security Screening Officers, who are at the forefront of the implementation of the national transportation security program, have been canceled as the agency implements stricter security control measures under Security Condition Level 2.
Under the heightened security condition, airport security screeners may require shoe inspection when alerted by the walk-thru metal detectors.
Passengers can also expect a stricter screening process by going through full-body scanners and baggage which may undergo Explosive Trace Detection machines, the agency said.
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 90 bus units will be on standby at end terminals of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to ferry passengers who will be affected by the suspended weekend operations of the train system.
The first trip will be at 5:30 am and the last trip will be at 8:00 pm from North Avenue to Taft Avenue station and vice versa.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier announced the temporary suspension of weekend operations to facilitate the replacement and installation of new rails.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) crowding the premises of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
He has ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide additional resting areas and chairs for waiting passengers.
In the past weeks, thousands of LSIs flocked the premises of NAIA hoping for their flights to proceed.
“Walang maupuan. Iilan lang ang upuan. Kapag may flights nagpatong-patong, ang iba nakatindig. What’s really worse is that mayroong restaurant sa labas na malaki,” the President told Tugade during the late night briefing on Tuesday (June 30).
(There are not enough seats. When there are flights, people would crowd and some are forced to stand. The worst part is, there’s a huge restaurant outside.)
“Paalisin mo ang restaurant. Lagyan ng upuan kasi ang mga buntis, mga bata, walang upuan,” he added.
(Remove the restaurant. Put more seats because pregnant women and children have nowhere to sit.)
Meanwhile, the President asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to provide for the needs of LSIs outside the airport premises.
“Gather all na naghihintay ng walang matulugan, walang matirhan at nandiyan sa labas ng NAIA,” he told Año.
(Gather all those who have no place to stay and are just staying outside of NAIA.)
“You will be transported to a place. I will pay. Just bill me [including food],” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Umarangkada na ngayong Lunes, Hunyo 29 ang mini loop routes ng city buses para makatulong sa pagbiyahe ng mga commuter.
Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dalawa ang mini loop routes na binuksan ngayong araw: ang Monumento – MRT Quezon Avenue Station at PITX – Ayala Avenue.
Ang rutang Timog-Santolan naman ay sa Miyerkules, July 1 pa magsisimula.
Nakadugtong ang mga rutang ito sa bus augmentation ng Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 na bumibiyahe sa EDSA sa pagitan ng North Avenue at Taft Avenue na binuksan ng DOTr noong June 1 kasabay ng paglipat ng Metro Manila sa general community quarantine.
“Marami kasi tayong mga commuter o mga pasahero na nag-express ng kanilang concern na wala silang masakyan from Monumento going to North Avenue or Quezon Avenue. Gayundin y’ong mga galing ng PITX papunta ng Ayala. So, ‘yon ang in-adress natin ngayon,” ani DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran.
Ayon sa kagawaran, 30 public bus units ang nakatalaga sa mga nabanggit na ruta.
Tiniyak naman ng DOTr na araw-araw ang gagawing assessment para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga commuter.
Alinsunod sa direktiba ng Inter-Agency Task Force, gradual o unti-unti ang pagbabalik ng operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. Una nang pinayagan ang limitadong operasyon sa itinakdang ruta ng point-to-point buses, transport network vehicle services at public utility buses. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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