President Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed concerned
government agencies to ensure public safety and comfort in view of
the annual exodus of people who will spend Holy Week in the
“Tiyakin ang kaligtasan at ginhawa ng mga mamamayan sa kanilang
paglalakbay sa darating na Semana Santa -- iyan ang mahalagang
tagubilin ni Pangulong Aquino sa lahat ng mga ahensya ng
pamahalaan," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on
The President's directive told agencies to ensure order in major
bus terminals, seaports and airports, Secretary Coloma said.
"Iniutos din niyang bigyan ng mabilis na pagtugon ang mga
pangangailanan ng mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatatag ng mga
public assistance desks sa mga terminal na inaasahang dadagsain ng
libu-libong pasaherong maglalakbay," he added.
The President specifically instructed the Toll Regulatory Board
to ensure that motorists pass the major expressways with ease and to
prevent long queues of vehicles at the toll gates.
He also wants the Department of Transportation of Communications
(DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
(LTFRB) to make sure that there are enough buses to avoid
overloading, and that only legitimate buses ply their intended
routes, Coloma said.
The DOTC, Coast Guard and airport authorities must ensure that
piers and airports are orderly, that safety devices are in place,
and that public assistance centers or desks are available to help
passengers, Coloma said.
The President further directed the DOTC and the Coast Guard to
see to it that only passengers listed in the manifest of ships could
board, and that all ships servicing different destinations must be
Coloma further said that the Department of Public Works and
Highways must make certain that roads are passable and in good
condition, and that repairs must be completed to avoid traffic
(full story: 03.28.15)