DOTr orders heightened security in transport hubs for Christmas

By , on December 14, 2017

FILE: Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (Photo: Arthur Planta Tugade/Facebook)
FILE: Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (Photo: Arthur Planta Tugade/Facebook)

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has directed the railways, road, maritime, and aviation sectors to reinforce their security measures in preparation for the influx of passengers trooping to the provinces for the holiday season.

“May I once again reiterate the great importance of maintaining and assuring the safety, security and comfort of the riding passengers and the public,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement Thursday.

“Accordingly, please continue implementing and improving our security and safety measures to protect people, facility, structures, equipment, and the like,” he added.

Tugade also stressed that both the government and commuting public “must be proactive, alert and vigilant”, share information and maintain close coordination among stakeholders to further improve the security safety nets in the transport sector.

The transport sector had activated its “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos” to ensure the security and safety of the thousands of commuters who flocked to bus terminals, seaports, airports, and train stations for the traditional exodus to the provinces during last month’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.  (PNA)