Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Jaime Bautista. | File photo from DOTr

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said their affiliated agencies are prepared for the exodus of passengers that will flock to terminals this Holy Week to go home to their provinces.

Bautista, who inspected the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) recently, said that the transport agency’s aviation, railway, road and maritime sectors are “very much prepared” for passenger influx.

“Handang-handa na tayo. Ang MIAA ay handang handa, there are coordination among all the stakeholders in MIAA,” Secretary Bautista said.

“Gayundin ang Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) natin, handa na sila sa pagdagsa ng pasahero. Handa na ang bagong bukas na passenger terminal building (PTB) ng Calapan, Oriental Mindoro,” he added, referring to the recently opened PTB of the Port of Calapan.

Secretary Bautista said that the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is coordinating with various agencies and airlines to ensure efficient passenger flow at the airports.

“Ang MIAA is working with all the agencies operating in NAIA, there are around 20 offices or agencies and we have made the proper coordination with everyone. We also have coordination with all the airlines kasi sabi namin, kapag may mga delays siguraduhin n’yo na may pagkain ang ating mga pasahero, mga drinks at they are taken cared of well,” he said.

For the land transport sector, Secretary Bautista said that the DOTr has coordinated with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local government units (LGUs) to ensure smooth traffic flow, and passenger and motorist safety.

“Sa land [transport] sector naman, we have all the coordination with MMDA, LTO, LTFRB at yung mga LGUs para maging maayos yung traffic natin,” he said.

Secretary Bautista advised travelers to arrive early at airports to avoid inconvenience before travelling.

“Yung mga travellers, especially yung mga lilipad kung dati two hours yung nire-require natin, siguro gawin nating 3 hours. Mas mabuti na yung nandun tayo sa airport kaysa maipit tayo sa mga traffic,” he said.