DOTr braces for Holy Week exodus

MANILA Various agencies under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are on heightened alert for the expected influx of passengers traveling to the provinces during the Holy Week break.

This, as Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade directed all offices and agencies under the DOTr to ensure that motorists and passengers will have a secure, convenient, and comfortable travel experience whether by land, sea, or air from March 22 to April 5.

It is important that passengers are comfortable and safe. We have expected that there will be a lot of people and the terminals will be busy, but our passengers should feel that we are taking care of them, Tugade said in a statement.

Under DOTr's Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2018, all attached agencies will implement 24/7 operations and provide real-time regular updates on the status of incidents.

All booths, counters, and centers serving passengers must also be properly manned during all operating hours to lessen the queues.

A no leave, no day-off policy will also be implemented among airport personnel.

Public advisories such as safety tips, common types of violations at expressways, documentation requirements, and safety and security regulations at airports, seaports, and other transportation hubs will also be sent out to provide information to all travelers.

Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2018 tarpaulins and various information materials will be posted in public areas to inform travelers on safety and security precautions.

Websites and social media platforms are also to be updated in all matters concerning the Oplan for proper monitoring.

The DOTr Action Center hotline 7890 will also be available throughout the Holy Week. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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