by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is on red alert status to ensure the safety and security of jails during the Lenten week.
The measure is in view of the expected surge of visitors this holiday, according to BJMP director Allan Iral.
“I directed all our regional directors to supervise their jurisdictions to accommodate visitors and prevent any untoward incident,” he said.
Meanwhile, the official said the leave privileges of the BJMP personnel manning all 476 jails across the country are cancelled during the Lenten break.
Iral also directed wardens to intensify security and safety measures by conducting incident management or contingency plans in case of any untoward incidents while some inmates participate in Lent-related activities.
The jail official said the red alert status would be in effect starting Wednesday (April 17) until Saturday (April 20). – Marje Pelayo
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.
Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.
In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.
Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.
Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.
Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.
The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.
The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.
A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.
Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)
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