Over 50K passengers flock to ports on 2nd day of Holy Week exodus

MANILA Tens of thousands more passengers flock in ports nationwide and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) units across the country are now on heightened alert, the second day of the Holy Week exodus.

In its advisory, the PCG said there are a total of 53,740 outbound passengers in various ports across the country from 6 p.m. on April 15 to 12 a.m. on April 16.

The Central Visayas (Region 7) had the most number of passengers with 11,691 at ports in Cebu, Bohol, Camotes Islands, and Southern Cebu.

A total of 8,571 outbound passengers were monitored in southeastern Mindanao followed by Southern Tagalog at 8,445 and Northern Mindanao at 7,668.

Meanwhile, a total of 5,921 passengers were monitored in Western Visayas, followed by Southern Visayas at 3,719, Bicol at 3,634, Eastern Visayas at 3,583 and Palawan at 508.

PCG personnel are also closely monitoring beaches, especially in known tourist destinations like Palawan, Boracay Island, Bohol, and Cebu where emergency response teams are on standby.

On Monday, the PCG an attached agency of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) monitored more than 97,000 outbound passengers in various ports nationwide.

The DOTr is implementing "Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2019" from April 8 to 25 to ensure a safe and convenient commuting experience for passengers who will troop to the ports, terminals and airports across the country. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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