Pas­sen­ger de­lays, tight se­cu­rity

ALL SAINTS’ AND ALL SOULS’ DAYS

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jessa Mae O. Sotto COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the Port of Cebu are ad­vised to come at least two hours be­fore their ex­pected time of de­par­ture as they will have to go through strict se­cu­rity mea­sures en­forced by the Cebu Port Author­ity (CPA) which may re­sult in longer lines.

In line with Oplan Biya­heng Ayos: Un­das 2017 of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) for the All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day cel­e­bra­tions, CPA has en­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures at the ports sim­i­lar to that of rais­ing a level three alert, even though the alert sta­tus re­mains at level one.

Level three is the high­est alert sta­tus which is raised only in case of im­mi­nent threats.

The head of the Cebu Port Se­cu­rity Di­vi­sion, Supt. Arche Guini­taran, said that although their alert sta­tus re­mains at level one, part of their prepa­ra­tions would be to aug­ment the num­ber of se­cu­rity per­son­nel man­ning the ports and also bring in six ad­di­tional bomb-sniff­ing dogs to check on pas­sen­gers and cargo.

“Ipa early check in sila para ang queu­ing dili ana ka taas es­pe­cially sa termi- The pas­sen­ger flow is re­ally heavy and there are also de­lays at the en­trance be­cause the bags are opened for in­spec­tion),” Her­rera said.

Ad­di­tional po­lice­men have been dis­patched to CSBT by the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice for added se­cu­rity.

Her­rera re­minds pas­sen­gers not to bring bladed weapons, al­co­holic drinks and ex­plo­sive de­vices such as bu­tane can­is­ters.

“Bu­tane could ex­plode maong gidili gyud siya (that is why it is pro­hib­ited),” he said.

In case of over­charg­ing by driv­ers, pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to file a com­plaint be­fore CSBT au­thor­i­ties by writ­ing down the name of the bus com­pany, the bus num­ber, des­ti­na­tion, time of travel and the na­ture of the com­plaint.

“The pas­sen­gers can com­plain, as long as it is spe­cific,” Her­rera said.

For its part, the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) 7 set up help desk sta­tions in CSBT and at the North Bus Ter­mi­nal, be­gin­ning Satur­day, for the off-site is­suance of three-day spe­cial per­mits for vans-for-hire and minibuses in­tend­ing to ply routes ser­viced by reg­u­lar bus com­pa­nies.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MEN­DOZA

Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board in Cen­tral Visayas (LTFRB-7) Di­rec­tor Ahmed Cuizon leads the in­spec­tion of ve­hi­cles-for-hire at a ter­mi­nal in Barangay Ka­m­a­gayan, Cebu City, Fri­day, as thou­sands of pas­sen­gers be­gin to troop to bus sta­tions for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day cel­e­bra­tions. LTFRB-7 also set up help desks at the North Bus and South Bus ter­mi­nals to fa­cil­i­tate the is­suance of spe­cial per­mits for minibuses and vans want­ing to ply routes ser­viced by reg­u­lar bus lines.

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