Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2013 launched by DOTC

DOTC launches Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2013

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officially launched today (March 22, 2013) OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2013 to ensure convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient, and safe travel for motorists and commuters this Lenten season/Holy Week.

According to the DOTC, the program involves the frontline transport agencies under the Department, and will run until April 2 (Tuesday), and is being implemented to address the anticipated substantial increase in the volume of travelers, particularly those making their yearly trips to and from the provinces in observance of the Holy Week.

The department expects a high volume people traveling to their hometowns or to holiday destinations as early as Friday, March 22, 2013, considering that there are three regular holidays/special non-working days during the Holy Week itself: Maundy Thursday (March 28), Good Friday (March 29), and Black Saturday (March 30).

OPLAN Kwaresma 2013 efforts include, among others, beefing up of security and safety measures in all transportation facilities, such as seaports, airports, railway stations, and bus terminals; and setting up of help desks and assistance networks in all major land, air and sea passenger terminals across the country, as well as in strategic areas in the regions, to guarantee hassle-free trips for commuters and motorists. In addition, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) have been issuing Special Permits for extra routes/bus units/ships to service the additional passengers traveling during the OPLAN period. As of March 21, LTFRB has approved 460 additional bus units to satisfy the increased passenger demand in the coming days.

Real-time information on transport incidents and other updates, such as flight cancellations and the expressway traffic situation, will be made available using social media, so travelers may make the necessary adjustments to their travel plans. Reminders and tips will also be issued by the Department and its agencies throughout the period to ensure stress-free trips for travelers.

For updates on OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe and other transportation related matters, the public is advised to follow @DOTCPhilippines on Twitter. Motorists and commuters travelling through the expressways/tollways are also encouraged to visit http://www.tollways.net.ph/ and follow @TRBSAFE on Twitter for travel time and traffic advisories.

For complaints and assistance, please call the DOTC Action Center Hotline: 7890.

A March 22, 2013, press release from the Department of Transportation and Communications
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