The Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the activation of Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2017. This is in preparation for the influx of passengers during the observance of the Holy Week. He has directed all sectoral offices and attached agencies of the Department of Transportation to be on heightened alert to ensure the safety and security of passengers in airports, seaports, and other transportation hubs during the said season.
All frontline agencies are to implement round the clock operations for their Action and Operations Centers and ensure direct communication lines with the DOTr Public Concerns Action Center. The secretary also instructed all booths, counters and centers serving passengers are properly manned during all operating hours to prevent long lines.
As reported earlier, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will conduct an inspection of buses as part of ensuring the road worthiness of vehicles and safety of the passengers. They will also put up Help Desks at terminals. Further, LTFRB issued 1,153 special permits to bus operators to accommodate the increase number of passengers.
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) will deploy additional personnel at toll plazas where traffic build-up is expected. If toll plaza queuing reaches 500 meters, reversible and additional entry or exit lanes will be opened and vehicular counter flow may be facilitated. Emergency medical teams, water trucks, and tow trucks will be deployed for prompt response in case of road crashes and accidents.
All road works and construction activities in expressways, except ongoing major road infrastructure projects, will be suspended from April 12 to 17. Furthermore, the DOTr will conduct their annual maintenance check on all three metro rail systems, namely, LRT 1, LRT 2, and MRT 3. These rail services will be closed from April 13 to 16. Operations will resume on April 17, Monday.