Ease in travel for ‘Undas’ ensured

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Saturday announced the implementation of strict security measures at airports to ensure the safety of the travelers for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

This as the Department of Transportation launched the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2018.”
The CAAP will implement the program at various airports for 10 days, starting today and added that a “no leave and day off” policy will also be imposed on its personnel for the duration of the holiday break.

“This is in anticipation of passenger increase in commercial airports in major cities and provinces around the country as Filipinos fly home for the approaching Undas or the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day holiday,” the CAAP said.

“All four area cluster heads handling the 40 CAAP-managed commercial airports nationwide were advised that maximum deployment of service and security personnel will be observed, so a “no leave and day-off” policy will be implemented during the entire duration of the said operation plan,” it added.

The agency also said that it started coordination with the Office for Transport Security for baggage screenings and with the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group for perimeter security and surveillance.

Meanwhile, five road networks have been readied for the expected heavy volume of vehicles for the observance of All Saints’ Day next week.

The SMC Tollways said the South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, NAIA Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway are ready for the expected heavy volume of vehicles starting 31 October until 5 November.

Under Oplan Undas 2018, additional traffic and security personnel as well as ambulant tellers at toll plazas beginning the afternoon of 31 October until 5 November will be deployed.

Filipinos are expected to troop to their home provinces beginning October 31 to observe All Saints’ Day and visit the tombs of their loved ones and head back to Metro Manila on or before 5 November.

The company said it will also set up roadmap stations at strategic locations along the road networks to assist motorists and provide them with travel information.

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