Gov’t Authorities Call on Public to Cooperate on Security & Safety

Government authorities enforcing strict measures to maximize security and safety of land, sea and air travelers this Undas Season are asking for public cooperation.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other agencies also call on transport firms to abide by all the rules and regulations to ensure the safety of their vehicles and passengers.

The Coast Guard have been placed on heightened alert and activated Thursday its “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos”, until Nov. 6, to ensure the safety of travelers going to and from the provinces even ahead of the October 31 non-working holiday and the observance of the November 1 All Saints’ and Nov. 2 All Souls’ Day.

Passengers Assistance Centers (PACs) have been set up for shipping passengers, jointly manned by PCG and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and other government offices.

PCG spokesman Captain Armand Balilo said PCG personnel are asking for passengers’ understanding and cooperation as they implement thorough inspection of both passenger baggage and cargo as well as of vessels and ferry boats in terminals and ports.

Boats are being checked to make sure there are enough life jackets, fire-fighting equipment, and other safety devices, Balilo said, adding that overloaded boats and ships will not be allowed to sail.

He confirmed earlier reports that even several days before the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 holidays, thousands to and from various ports started to crowd the ports particularly in the Visayas.

AT THE AIRPORTS.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), also started its two-week “Oplan Undas 2017” days ahead of the expected increase in passengers for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

CAAP is implementing measures to ensure safe, reliable and convenient operations of all 39 commercial airports in the country.

CAAP Director General Jim G. Sydiongco, said, along with its Oplan Undas, the airlines vowed to uphold efficient processing of passengers particularly at the check-in counters, and additional airline personnel is being deployed to address the increase in travelers.

Both CAAP and the airline firms are reminding passengers to check in as early as three hours before their flight, or avail of the online check in service and be at the airport at least an hour before the scheduled departure, he said

Help desks manned by duty officers can accommodate passenger concerns, he added.

Travelers are reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints, he also said.

“At the spirit of Oplan Undas is the passenger. We want to make sure that traveling will be as hassle-free as possible as we observe the solemnity of the occasion,” Sydiongco said.

FROM LTO, LTFRB, PNP.

To also promote security and safety of motorists and commuters, the Philippine National Police (PNP), LTO and LTFRB are watching bus and other terminals.

In their respective media statements, the three agencies are calling on transport owners and operators to have their vehicles thoroughly checked prior to departing from their terminals.

Both the LTO and the LTFRB are urging passengers not to ride colorum vehicles.

Passengers are reminded to be at the terminal a few hours before their departure and to minimize baggage for convenient travel.

The PNP is also asking for the cooperation of the public as polimen are deployed to ensure their security not only in the terminals.

EARLY CEMETERY VISIT.

The PNP is also calling on the public to visit their departed loved ones in the cemetery days ahead of Nov. 1 and 2.

It is also calling on them to clean the tombs way ahead of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ days.

The public is also being encouraged to know the cellphone or telephone numbers of the nearest police station so they can immediately report any untoward incident inside or outside the cemetery.* (NDB)