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Bus terminal in Pasay City to operate 24-hours for province-bound passengers

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Passengers bound for the provinces in Northern Luzon can still catch a ride for this long holiday.

This, as one provincial bus terminal in Pasay City started its 24-hour operation on Wednesday, April 17 to accommodate last minute passengers.

Five Star Bus Terminal coordinator, Joseph Eusebio said they have enough drivers and conductors to go on rotation for the 24-hour operation.

There is no fixed time nor fixed schedule of arrival and departure of buses in the terminal with the company’s first in-first out system, depending on the traffic and volume of passengers.

The Five Star Bus Terminal management said they have already recorded three thousand passengers since April 15, and that they expect around eight thousand more passengers this Wednesday.

As of this writing, the terminal has not recorded any untoward incident since the start of operating hours. Nevertheless, first aid responders are on standby in the station.  – Maris Federez (with details from April Cenedoza )

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PNP on full alert for the long holiday

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on full alert for any incidents and emergencies this long holiday.

This includes the local units, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the Highway Patrol Group, the Explosives and Ordinance Division, the Maritime Group, and the PNP Aviation Security Group.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said police officers are randomly boarding buses to secure the safety of the passengers.

“Ang kailangan natin dito ay ma-prevent natin at mabigyan ng seguridad ang ating mga kababayan na nakasakay sa mga public transportation. Hindi na natin kailangang hintayin na may mangyaring krimen ang mahalaga ay ma-prevent na natin, (We need to prevent [crimes] provide security to our citizens in public transportation. We don’t have to wait for any crime to happen. We need to prevent it),” he said.

The PNP has called on the public to not hesitate in reporting any suspicious individuals or items around the area.

Meanwhile, the PNP has also prepared two 4×4 trucks and a coaster that can be used to augment vehicles in transport terminals in case there aren’t enough buses to accommodate passengers on their way to the provinces.

According to Banac, they can only provide assistance to passengers in Metro Manila.

He said they will be in close coordination with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to determine if there are stranded passengers in need of assistance.

“Hindi na ito makakalayo pa sa mga lalawigan kukulangin din ang ating mga sasakyan pang emergency lang dito sa Metro Manila (We can no longer go further in the provinces because we don’t even have enough vehicles here in Metro Manila),” Banac said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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List: Closed establishments this long holiday

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

All banks will be closed on Friday but make sure to check their websites for limited schedules on Thursday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, ATMs will remain operational during the long weekend. Here is the list of closed banks on April 19, 2019.

  • Banco De Oro (BDO)
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
  • Metrobank
  • Philippine National Bank (PNB)
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
  • United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)
  • Philippine Savings Bank (PS Bank)
  • City Savings

Mobile banking applications of several banks like BDO will also be closed.

Remittance centers will remain open until Thursday. It will be closed on Friday but will open on Saturday. Listed below are the closed remittance centers on April 19, 2019.

  • Western Union
  • Cebuana Lhuillier
  • Palawan Pawnshop
  • M. Lhuiller
  • LBC

Most shopping malls will be closed Thursday and Friday and will resume regular operations on Saturday (April 20). Be sure to check their website for the full schedule of their mall hours.

Meanwhile, Government agencies will be closed from Thursday to Sunday.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Expect flight delays this long holiday—CAAP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.

Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.

One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.

“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.

The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.

“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.

The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.

Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the
cause of the delay should be validated first.

“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”

Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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