Passenger delays, tight security
ALL SAINTS’ AND ALL SOULS’ DAYS
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.
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.