Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NAIA steps up preparations for Holy Week exodus

With the Holy Week exodus due to peak next week, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has intensified preparations to ensure safe air travel.

New Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Melvin Matibag has ordered the fine tuning of preparations on a day-to-day basis, radio dzBB's Denver Trinidad reported Wednesday.

Matibag said he expects the volume of passengers to double or even triple during this period.

He ordered check on safety preparations particularly at the NAIA's Terminals 2 and 3, which handle domestic flights.

Also, he ordered regular meetings with managers of Terminals 1 and 2, and the airport's domestic terminals.

For their part, the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency have teamed up to keep watch against attempts to smuggle drugs during the Holy Week.

Radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported that Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo had ordered tight watch particularly over tourist destinations such as Boracay, Palawan, and Bohol.

Balilo said they will monitor closely possible smuggling of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and ecstacy pills.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board started on Monday the review applications for special permits.

The special permits allow bus operators to operate outside their regular routes as provided for by their franchises

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