30K peo­ple ex­pected to head north

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Nor­man V. Men­doza COR­RE­SPON­DENT

At least 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to flock to the North Bus Ter­mi­nal in Barangay Subang­daku, Man­daue City, as they head home to cel­e­brate the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days with their loved ones on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Zosimo Ju­mao-as, North Bus Ter­mi­nal gen­eral man­ager, said that he would be ex­pect­ing from 25,000 to 30,000 pas­sen­gers go­ing through the ter­mi­nal in the next three days.

Ju­mao-as said that they had im­ple­mented mea­sures like adding more se­cu­rity guards, in- creas­ing them from the usual five to 10 per­son­nel.

He also cited the po­lice as­sis­tance, where more po­lice per­son­nel are also as­signed in the area to main­tain the peace and or­der and se­cure those peo­ple go­ing home to their home­towns.

He said that the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board per­son­nel had al­ready in­spected buses to en­sure that they would be safe to travel as well as those from the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice, who had started con­duct­ing check­points in ar­eas near the ter­mi­nal.

More traf­fic en­forcers are also be­ing de­ployed in the area to man traf­fic there.

Ju­mao-as also said that there are around 250 buses ply­ing the north­ern towns with 150 of them are from Ceres Bus Liner.

Yes­ter­day, sev­eral peo­ple had al­ready started to fill up buses in the ter­mi­nal like Vi­cente Talau­gon, 58, a car­pen­ter work­ing in Bo­hol.

He was in­ter­viewed by CDN as he was on his way to board a bus bound for his home­town, Tubu­ran town, 114 km north­west of Cebu City via Lugo, Bor­bon.

“I filed a va­ca­tion leave with my em­ploy­ers so that I can avoid the huge crowd go­ing home to their home­towns,” said Talau­gon in Ce­buano.

CDN PHO­TOS/TONEE DESPOJO

EARLY VIS­ITS AND PLAYTIME. Two women (left photo) make an early visit to the tombs of their loved ones at the Calamba Ceme­tery in Cebu City to avoid the ex­pected crowd on All Souls’ and All Saints’ Days there. Above, chil­dren who of­fer their ser­vices paint­ing tombs and niches, take time to play af­ter fin­ish­ing a paint­ing job at the Calamba Ceme­tery.

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