In compliance with the directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, the maritime sector is set to activate next week their contingency and security measures to ensure the safety and comfort of travelers during the Yuletide Season.
Dubbed as “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos!: KAPASKUHAN 2017”, the maritime sector – composed of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)—will strictly execute their respective contingency measures from Dec. 20, 2017 up to January 5, 2018.
Under the Oplan, maritime sector officials and personnel were directed to be on heightened alert status to ensure the safety and security of passengers, particularly those travelling by sea to spend the Holidays in their respective provinces.
According to DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Felipe Judan, maritime personnel are expected to implement several safety measures and contingency plans such as activating the DOTr Passenger Assistance Counters, ensuring that all ships and other sea vessels are properly inspected, and all passengers, bags and cargoes are thoroughly inspected prior the boarding.
Maritime personnel were also directed to report in real-time and provide regular updates on the status of incidents via SMS or e-mail form to their superiors.
Further, Usec. Judan said that a consolidated written report on the occurrences/non-occurrences of incidents should be sent through e-mail to their superiors and immediate supervisors at 7 a.m. daily.
Authorities were likewise required to send out necessary public advisories such as safety tips, documentation requirements, prohibited items, and safety regulations at seaports.
Earlier, Secretary Tugade reminded transportation officials and personnel to assure not only the commuters’ security but also their comfort while in the various public transport hubs.
“May I once again reiterate the great importance of maintaining and assuring the safety, security and comfort of the riding passengers and the public. Accordingly, please continue implementing and improving our security and safety measures to protect people, facility, structures and equipment and the like,” Sec. Tugade said.