Passengers at ports expected to peak on Holy Tuesday
MANILA, Philippines – Leaving by sea for the Holy Week? Expect a surge in the volume of passengers until Tuesday, April 15, at 8 am, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said 550,311 shipping passengers have been recorded from April 11 to 30, an increase from the 492,702 passengers recorded during the same period last year.
The latest data from the PCG shows 14,215 outbound passengers in its ports. The figure is expected to peak at 200,000 until Tuesday morning.
The PCG has been on heightened alert in preparation for the Holy Week. Most Filipinos travel by land, sea, or air to visit their provinces in time for Semana Santa.
PCG commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, meanwhile, ordered stricter pre-departure inspection to make sure vessels do not overload passengers and have enough safety equipment on board.
The PCG started inspecting ships and ferry terminals in Metro Manila on Monday, April 14. – Bea Cupin/Rappler.com