Minimal inconvenience seen in ports, terminals, airport

By: Aileen Garcia-Yap, Melissa Q. Cabahug, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag April 02,2015 - 01:37 AM
Chief Supt. Francisco Uyami Jr, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Chief Supt. Orlando Ualat, Deputy Regional Director for Administration join police officers in inspecting Pier 1. CDN Photo/Lito Tecson

Chief Supt. Francisco Uyami Jr, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Chief Supt. Orlando Ualat, Deputy Regional Director for Administration join police officers in inspecting Pier 1. CDN Photo/Lito Tecson

AFTER being a chance passenger in last year’s Holy Week vacation, May Galbo decided to leave home early.

Galbo flew with her family from Davao and arrived in Cebu at 10 a.m. yesterday for a 1 p.m. Supercat boat trip to Bohol.

“Everything was smooth. I bought a ticket at Pier 1 unlike before so it’s good to plan ahead,” she said.

Chief Insp. Felix Quianzon, officer-in-charge for port security said passengers leaving for their hometowns should arrive at the port two to three hours ahead of schedule.

“Some of them arrive 30 minutes before departure time. They should arrive ahead of time so that they can buy tickets and get on board earlier,” he said.

Rules

Passengers were also advised not to carry too much baggage to avoid the inconvenience of long security checks.

About 10 to 20 baggages were unclaimed at the Cebu port area since March 25,

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said he inspected the Cebu South Bus Terminal and asked the riding public to cooperate with management and abide with the rules in boarding their buses.

CSBT operations manager Ramon Dumayac Jr. said those riding air-conditioned and open window buses will take the original entrance.

Those riding mini-buses will take the entrance near the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Convenience

Six tents were placed near the terminal’s third entrance to serve as temporary waiting area while portalets were placed for the convenience of passengers.

The CSBT recorded 8,000 passengers boarding their buses since dawn yesterday.

The CSBT expects more than 10,000 passengers to go home today. There is also a special trip to Zamboanga City at 2 p.m., Dumayac told reporters.

Two Suroy-Suroy buses from Moalboal and Toledo City are on standby.

Passengers who dump leftover food at the terminal will be fined P500, Dumayac said.

Technical problem

Dumayac said he asked the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to let the buses pass the South Road Properties (SRP) to avoid traffic.

At the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Estee Plunket, head of corporate affairs of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp., said there were no long lines and four canceled flights.

Plunket said Tigerair Philippines DG 7014/7015 and Airasia Zest flight Z2765/766 canceled their Manila-Cebu-Manila routes as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

In a statement, Tigerair Philippines said flights DG 7014/7015 Manila-Cebu-Manila were canceled due to a technical problem on the assigned aircraft.

The airline company informed their affected passengers that Cebu Pacific arranged additional flights to re-accommodate them.

Passengers may also rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date or opt for full refund or travel fund without penalties.

“They also notified us of the planned delays like Airasia Zest flights Z2 131 for Cebu-Kota Kinabalu and Z2 525 Cebu-Davao. The delays are however very minimal,” Plunket said.

Philippine Airlines external communications manager Cielo Villaluna also said that there were no cancelled flights for Philippine Airlines yesterday. “We had minor delays but these are negligible,” Villaluna said.

Plunket said they expect the same high volume of passenger traffic this week.

“The check in counters and bigger space in the x-ray area allowed us to accommodate a larger number of passengers without actually seeing congestion or long lines. The passenger processing time is also quick and we have already placed more seats for the passengers to wait comfortably for their flights,” she said.

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