Thousands of holiday travelers to return to Manila-A A +A
Sunday, January 5, 2014
ABOUT 3,000 passengers were expected to flock the Araneta Center Bus Terminal on Sunday until Monday morning as people who spent the holidays on their respective provinces return to the city.
Senior Inspector Mario Manipon, Station 7 chief of the Quezon City Police District, told Sun.Star that they maintained 25 police personnel with three bomb-sniffing dogs and five roving patrols at the Araneta Center Terminal to ensure the security of the returning travelers.
“Hindi na ganoon kadami ang inaasahan naming ngayon kasi ‘yung iba na employees karamihan nakabalik na sila noong Wednesday o Thursday,” he said.
Most of the passengers they were expecting are students since classes are about to resume on January 6.
As of Sunday afternoon, Manipon said that almost 1,500 passengers have arrived in the terminal.
“Mamayang gabi pa naming inaasahang dumating ang mas madami pati na ‘din bukas ng umaga, mas paiigtingin naman namin ang security dito sa mga panahon na ‘yun,” he said.
The management of the Araneta Center Terminal also provided 30 security guards and district inspectors for the safety of the passengers.
“’Yung mga district inspector tumutulong ‘din sila sa pagbuhat ng mga bagahe ng mga pasahero, hanggang sa mga sasakyan nila. Lalo na ‘yung mga sumasakay ng taxi, para ‘din mas safe sila,” Manipon said.
Manipon added that there were also passengers travelling away from the metro.
“’Yung karamihan ng miyembro ng pamilya ay nandito sa Maynila, sila naman ang dumayo dito galing probinsiya pero kaunti lang mga less than 2,000 ang estimated,” he said. (Sunnex)