Preparations for 'Undas' underway, Palace says-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
MALACAÑANG assured Sunday that government agencies especially those concerned with transportation and traffic management are now making the necessary preparations days before thousands of citizens troop to their hometowns for the annual Day of the Dead or “Undas."
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan (DZRB) said that the government always expects a huge volume of people traveling home during these holidays to pay tribute to their deceased loved ones.
Coloma said the national government through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is primarily focusing on maintaining the good condition of roads, seaports, and airports to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
“Sa lahat po ng larangan ng pagbiyahe at transportasyon—sa kalupaan, sa karagatan, at sa himpapawid—ay puspusan ang pagtutok ng ating Department of Transportation and Communications. Mayroon po silang mga ahensya na may pangunahing responsibilidad sa pagtiyak sa kaligtasan at kaayusan ng trasportasyon,” he said.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also will certainly deploy traffic enforcers to aid the Philippine National Police (PNP) in maintaining peace and order in various bus terminals, seaports, and airports, Coloma added.
People are expected to take advantage of the long weekend this week for Undas with November 1 and 2 declared as holidays by Malacañang, which would fall on Friday and Saturday respectively.
“Batay po sa karanasan, pinakamarami ‘yung bilang ng ating mga kababayan na bumibiyahe sa panahon ng Undas. Lumuluwas po sila mula sa lugar ng kanilang hanapbuhay o trabaho patungo sa kanilang mga hometown para magbigay galang sa mga yumaong kamag-anak at mahal sa buhay,” Coloma said. (SDR/Sunnex)