By Darwin G. Amojelar
The Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) has vowed to ensure the security of more than 1.2 million passengers before and after Holy Week.
“he expectation of more than a million passengers stemmed from theobservation that people will travel earlier to avoid the Holy Week exodus within the Metro (Manila). With this, we are prepared in ensuring the commuting public’s welfare through the Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2023,” said Jason Salvador, corporate affairs and government relations head of PITX.
Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa is a multi-sector initiative being spearhead with the various government agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the InterAgency Council for Traffic (I-ACT),the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine National Red Cross –Paranaque Chapter.
“We have always been steadfast in providing immediate response to any issue that may arise together with the enforcement agencies of the government,” Salvador said.
DOTr’s Malasakit Help Desk (MHD) will be set up starting April 1 at themain entrance (Entrance 2) of the terminal. Manning the desk are personnel from the DOTr, I-ACT, LTO, LTFRB, MMDA.
Red Cross Paranaque Chapter is deploying Emergency Medical Technicians in cases needing basic life support. PNP is also doing 24-hour mobile patrol, with additional K-9 units to further heighten security measures around the area.
“We are also working closely with bus companies and transport operators to ensure connectivity and the sufficiency of trips and transport options for all passengers,” Salvador added.
The PITX also said it is equipped to accommodate passengers and provide them with a comfortable travel experience.
“Our restrooms are well-maintained. Seats are provided for waiting passengers. We have fast connection with our free wifi. We also have designated charging stations care of SMART, and there’s a variety of retail and food options available for everyone,” Salvador said.