Undas 2019: Passengers reminded to be at transport hubs early for security inspection
Robie de Guzman • October 26, 2019 • 1362
MANILA, Philippines – The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) on Friday reminded passengers to arrive at the airport three hours ahead for international flights, and two hours for domestic flights, to allow enough time for security inspection and other airport procedures.
In a statement, the OTS said this is line with the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2019” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the Catholic community’s observance of annual Undas.
The OTS said security in rail stations, airports, bus terminals, seaports across the country have been heightened in time for Undas when the influx of passengers going to and coming from provinces is expected to be high.
OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul Del Rosario said the filing of leave of airport Security Screening Officers, who are at the forefront of the implementation of the national transportation security program, have been canceled as the agency implements stricter security control measures under Security Condition Level 2.
Under the heightened security condition, airport security screeners may require shoe inspection when alerted by the walk-thru metal detectors.
Passengers can also expect a stricter screening process by going through full-body scanners and baggage which may undergo Explosive Trace Detection machines, the agency said.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has partnered with 2GO shipping for the use of the latter’s passenger vessels as quarantine ships.
In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr announced that they will use 2GO’s passenger vessels as quarantine ships for returning seafarers and Overseas Filipino Worker (OFWs) who will undergo the 14-day quarantine.
2GO shipping has agreed to convert two of their ships which can accommodate up to 1,500 patients and are set to be operational by next week.
According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, most of the hospitals in Metro Manila have already reached their full capacity and are seeking assistance.
“Most hospitals in Metro Manila have already pleaded for help in attending to COVID-19 patients. We will deploy these ‘quarantine ships’ to help our hospitals, our health workers, and our countrymen,” he said. AAC
The management Merto Rail Transit (MRT-3) has ordered Kaizen Security Agency to sanction the security guard caught on video jogging on the MRT-3 train tracks.
Based on the management’s initial investigation, the individual in the viral video is a security guard from Kaizen Security Agency who is assigned at MRT-3 Ortigas Station.
“This action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Thus, the MRT-3 Management has immediately directed Kaizen to apply the necessary sanctions against the guard involved,” their statement reads.
The MRT-3 reminded their personnel to be more cautious of their actions and “follow all rules and regulations enforced by the management to avoid this kind of scenario.” AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the deadline for renewal of permits, licenses, and franchises has been extended until the end of April.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he has already issued the order to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know and understand that our country is now in a difficult and trying situation. We have to step up and extend our help to the Filipino people the best way we can,” Tugade said.
The DOTr chief also said he has instructed LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante to reiterate and update the memorandum that the latter issued earlier this month directing LTO Regional Directors not to collect penalties for late registration of motor vehicles, and for the renewal of driver’s licenses that will expire during the enhanced community quarantine period. The validity of all student permits will also be extended.
Meanwhile, based on the guidelines issued by the LTFRB, all public utility vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 will be allowed to confirm their units until 15 May 2020 with all penalties being waived.
With this, the DOTr said that the insurance policy under the Personal Passenger Accident Insurance Program (PPAIP) will also be automatically extended until 15 May 2020 without any additional fees on the part of the operators,
“Applications for Extension of Validity for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) that will expire from 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 can be filed until 15 May 2020 also with waiver of penalties,” it said.
“Provisional Authorities (PA) and Special Permits (SP) issued to TNVS, PUBs, TH, Taxi, and UV Express, with expiry dates covering the period of 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020, will also be extended until 15 June 2020 with waiver of fees,” it added.
As for the Compliance Orders, Resolutions, and Decisions which direct operators to comply within a certain period and that fall between 17 March 2020 until 15 April 2020, the DOTr said it will allow compliance until 15 May 2020 with waiver of penalties, if there is any.
“The guidelines will apply to the Central Office and the National Capital Region-Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office, and all Regional Franchising and Regulatory Offices in Luzon,” it said. — ROBIE DE GUZMAN
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