CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, – Personnel of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in northern Mindanao on heightened alert during Oplan Semana Santa 2019 starting April 8 to 25 at major ports in the region.
This is in view of the expected heavy influx of ship passengers to occur in various ports in the region including in port of Cagayan de Oro to include docking areas in Agutayan Island and Opol Beach; ports of Balingoan in Misamis Oriental; Balbagon in Camiguin, docking areas in Yumbing and San Roque; port of Mukas, Lanao del Norte and port of Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental.
In coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Marina X Director Felisa N. Orongan said they would conduct maritime safety monitoring activities to ensure the safety, security, reliability and comfort of passengers traveling this season.
Orongan said monitoring activities would include random inspection onboard passengers’ vessels as directed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary, per Special Order 041 series of 2019 dated March 27.
Under the oplan, all the attached agencies under DOTr, will implement safety and security precautions including running 24/7 operations, manning hotlines and passenger help desks in all transport hubs and keeping websites and social media pages active for real-time reporting and information dissemination.
Public advisories such as safety tips, common types of violations, documentation requirements and safety and security regulations at airports, seaports and other transportation hub would also be sent out to provide information to all travelers.
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