OPLAN 'BIYAHENG AYOS' ACTIVATED TO ENSURE PASSENGERS SAFETY THIS LENTEN SEASON
Holy Week is one of the most observed holidays in the country – many choose to go to their provinces as they keep the traditions alive while some go to resorts and other places to spend the holiday with their loved ones.
As everyone is busy preparing for the forthcoming season, the government has launched 'Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2018.'
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies activated this on Wednesday as they hope to provide a convenient and safe travel experience to the riding-public.
Involved in the program are the land, air, maritime, and rail sectors.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) appealed for the cooperation of bus and jeepney operators as the agency invited them in a dialogue on Monday afternoon.
According to LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, they will also send a team to check the drivers' physical condition and see if they are not under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
He added that helpdesks will be put up in every terminal while their law enforcement team will do field inspection.
Aside from the LTO's continuing implementation of anti-colorum and Oplan Isnabero, Transportation Undersecretary for Roads Thomas Orbos said the 'Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok' campaign will remain.
For Manny Gonzalez of Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), additional enforcers will be deployed in North Luzon and South Luzon Expressways, this, as they conduct surprise inspection on roads.
Meanwhile for the aviation sector, airline companies are advised to use bigger aircraft to accommodate more passengers as they expect a higher volume this year.
Undersecretary for Aviation Manuel Antonio Tamayo said they also asked the airlines to increase their check in counters and ensure that the passengers are accommodated as scheduled.
The said initiatives are supported by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as they, in the maritime sector, do their respective assignments.
As for the rails, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 are scheduled to wind down their operations to give time for maintenance work.
Although most of the concerned agencies see the influx of passengers starting Wednesday next week, the rail sector said the maintanance work has to be done on schedule so they could give better service to the riding public after the holiday.