Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DOTr Oplan Byaheng Ayos All Set for All Saints Day/ All Souls Day Exodus

All four transportation sectors-- road, aviation and airports, maritime, and railways-- of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are all set to provide tight security, ensure efficient travel, and effectively respond to the needs of the public during the UNDAS season.  

The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT), through Task Force Alamid, has rigorously conducted clearing operations to ensure that roads are clear from obstructions that cause traffic congestion.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has deployed personnel starting October 27 until after All Soul’s Day at the South Luzon Expressway with deputized personnel along Sta. Rosa exit, C-5, and Nichols. LTO likewise deputized toll personnel to assist at Sta. Rita, San Fernando, and Dau exits along NLEX.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has likewise begun conducting inspection of different bus terminals in Metro Manila.

Airports Facilities Inspection

For its part, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials and personnel conducted an inspection of the facilities of NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the yearly All Saint’s Day/All Souls’ Day exodus.

Meanwhile, all Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) personnel were placed on heightened alert while their leaves and days off were cancelled. Additional information booths were also put up in major airports such as in Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Laguindingan, Zamboanga, Kalibo to assist travelers.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) also set up Passenger Rights and Assistance Desks in all commercial and provincial airports to monitor airline activities and address passenger complaints. 

Tight Security at Rail systems 

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Railways’ contingencies consist of tightening security due to the influx of passengers in key stations and deployment of additional personnel to assist passengers as well as opening of help desks.  It also re-arranged train schedules to accommodate the bulk of the travelers during the Holidays. 

The MRT-3 management has readied its personnel to receive the rush of commuters, implementing tighter security measures to avoid any untoward incident. 

On the other hand, the LRT-2 management shall operate eight running trains with seven-minute headway during UNDAS break. Two reserve trains at Santolan and Recto stations will be on standby to anticipate the increase in passenger ridership.  A nurse shall likewise be on duty from 6AMto 2PM and 2PM to 10PM at Katipunan and Recto stations.

All Ports Ready for Byaheng Ayos

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) established security fast check lanes for passengers carrying minimal belongings or small items. These lanes would also cater to persons with disabilities, senior citizens and pregnant women.  

Aside from implementing strict security measures, PPA would offer first aid services 24/7 within the ports while extra tents and chairs would be provided for waiting passengers.

Aside from the PPA, DOTr attached agencies such as the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have implemented similar security measures to ensure the readiness of their respective organizations during the observance of All Saint’s Day/ All Souls’ Day. 

Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: UNDAS 2017 also entails the issuance of public advisories such as safety tips, common types of violations at expressways, and safety and security regulations in airports, seaports, and other transportation. Tarpaulins bearing emergency and hotline numbers will be posted in conspicuous areas of the agency’s jurisdiction.

The DOTr Hotline 7890, which is manned by the DOTr Office for Commuter Affairs, shall likewise be available to the public 24/7.

DOTr attached agencies and offices were also instructed to submit a post-UNDAS report to the DOTr management for evaluation.

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