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Press Release - Gatchalian urges DOTr to ensure ease of travel for passengers ahead of expected exodus

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to ensure a safe and hassle-free travel experience for passengers using air, land, or water transport systems, given the expected exodus of people from Metro Manila for the extended holiday period.

Gatchalian emphasized the critical need for the DOTr to establish seamless coordination with major port authorities and bus terminals, along with the allocation of additional personnel to provide ample assistance to passengers and motorists. "This concerted effort aims to swiftly address and resolve any road and transport-related issues that may arise," said Gatchalian.

Compared to previous 'Undas' seasons, more Filipinos are expected to travel to their respective provinces or tourist spots, including foreign destinations, to take advantage of the extended holiday break or to participate in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections leading to All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

When it comes to air travel, it is imperative to implement rigorous measures to prevent any recurrence of a bomb explosion, including robust security protocols, advanced detection technologies, and enhanced safety for both passengers and airport personnel, according to Gatchalian.

A Molotov explosion at the open parking lot of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA) 3 last September 23 damaged three private vehicles. The suspect has since been arrested and is facing charges in court.

The senator added that similar measures to enhance the safety and security of passengers using maritime transport systems should also be adopted, including continuous maintenance of boats and vessels, the presence of life-saving equipment, and well-trained crew members to ensure that no accidents will happen.

Regarding land travel, Gatchalian emphasized that the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) should address the usual vehicular bottlenecks that travelers experience during peak seasons. These include potential choke points along major toll roads, such as the South Luzon Expressway and North Luzon Expressway. He also encouraged toll road users to opt for Radio-frequency identification (RFID) system for toll payment and