Oplan Ligtas Biyahe starts Oct 25
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will kick-off its road safety campaign this Friday, October 25, in preparation for the upcoming long week-ends in October and November.
Oplan Ligtas Biyahe is the government’s program to ensure safe and hassle free travel for motorists and commuters in anticipation of substantial increase of volume of travelers during long holidays such as Holy Week and All Souls Day.
In a press conference on Monday, October 21, DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the agency will kick off its Oplan-Ligtas Biyahe on Friday when higher volume of passengers on bus terminals and ports are expected due to the upcoming Baranggay elections on Monday, October 28.
“We plan to it start on Friday (October 25), we expect a lot of people to travel that early to vote for their leaders, at the same time probably file a couple of days leave and connect it to November 1 and 2," he said.
October 28 and November 1 have been declared as special holidays.
Abaya said the program will consist of the usual template- setting up of public assistance desks in all airports, sea ports and bus terminals, and heightened security alert for all DOTC agencies
In previous Oplan Ligtas Biyahe, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) have issued special permits for extra routes of buses and ships to service the additional travelers.
“The usual template [including] special issuance of permits, heightened alert 24/7 for all (DOTC) agencies and particularly CAAP for the air passengers bill of rights," Abaya added. (READ: 6 rights you have as an airline passenger) - Rappler.com