SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Before the House of Representatives goes on a month-long break, the Committee on Transportation, chaired by Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st District, Samar), convened on Wednesday to discuss preparatory activities for the upcoming holidays to ensure the safe and comfortable travel of Filipino passengers, commuters and motorists. Sarmiento said the Committee adopted House Resolution No. 353 calling for an inquiry to identify said preparatory activities of agencies and to discuss the possible creation of a Traffic Crisis Inter-Agency Management Council to consolidate and harmonize all transport and traffic policies.
Transportation Undersecretary Antonio Tamayo bared that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies shall again implement “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos,” which aims to provide sufficient trips available for the influx of passengers. In addition, the program shall also guarantee that commuters and motorists will reach their destinations quickly, safely and comfortably, according to Tamayo.
On aviation, General Manager Ed Monreal of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said that they are expecting about 46 million passengers in 2019. With this, Monreal said that NAIA shall put up help desks to attend to public concerns. For railways, Atty. Celeste Lauta, Chief Corporate Lawyer of the Philippine National Railways, outlined its action plan which includes deployment of additional trips, sectional maintenance of railway operations, and extended operating hours. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing lll proposed to deploy more P2P buses while the construction of the mass transport system is still ongoing.
The Committee will await submission of the agencies of their respective plans, programs and manuals of safety for the holidays' Oplan Byaheng Ayos.