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Holy Week ‘Oplan’ activated by DOTr Sec. Bautista

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In order to address the anticipated influx of passengers for the Holy Week season, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista directed attached and sectoral agencies under his office to ensure the safety, security and comfortability of passengers and the activation of the said “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2023.”

Bautista also reminded passengers to come at the airport three hours ahead for international flights and two hours for domestic flights, in order to allow ample time for security checks and other airport procedures that are required.

According to Bautista, the Oplan is being put in place amid the expected surge in passengers in air, sea, land and rail transport stations.

In line with this, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) stepped up security measures implemented across the country leave of more than 2,400 OTS airport frontliners nationwide.

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Ma. O Aplasca ordered the cancellation of leave of more than 2,400 OTS airport frontliners nationwide and ensured the deployment of transport security auditors in civil aviation, maritime, land and rail, to check on whether transport operators implement adequate security measures in line with the national and international requirements.

Usec. Aplasca reminded passengers to personally pack their bags and ensure that they ds not contain any prohibited items to avoid unnecessary delay at the screening checkpoint.

“We would like to once again remind passengers to personally pack their bags, para maiwasan ‘yung may maiwan na hindi dapat na nasa bag and be a smart traveller by checking on the OTS prohibited items list before your scheduled flight. It’s posted on our website and our social media platforms, so that these items will not be confiscated anymore. Our tip is that, if you don’t need it, then just leave it at home.” Aplasca said.

Spokesperson Kim Alyssa Marquez meanwhile said that the OTS will deploy “Threat and Vulnerability Assessment” teams to monitor threats in various transportation facilities.

She also said that the Transport Security Operations Center will be activated for 24/7 monitoring and responding to security emergencies, as well as to ensure seamless coordination with other agencies and provide assistance to passengers.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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