Aquino inspects facilities of NAIA-3, bus terminal in Pasay City

November 1, 2012 12:37 am 

MANILA, Oct. 31 — President Benigno S. Aquino III visited on Wednesday the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and a bus terminal in Pasay City to ensure that the government's contingency measures are in place for the safety and orderly travel of passengers during the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

The Chief Executive first inspected the Terminal 3 of the NAIA at 1:20 p.m. Accompanied by newly-appointed Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya, President Aquino toured the domestic departure area and the self-service check-in Kiosk of Cebu Pacific.

President Aquino also talked with the male operator of the X-ray machine and watched how the system is working. He also checked on the operations of the Oplan Help Desk which is composed of Manila International Airport Authority Medical Team, Philippine National Police and Public Affairs Officers.

Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado briefed President Aquino on the airport's operations, including the new innovations that will be implemented starting Nov. 1. The President was also briefed about the security set-up at the strategic places in the airport.

From NAIA, the President went to the Philtranco Bus Terminal at the corner of EDSA and Apello Cruz also in Pasay City, where he inspected the pre-departure area, canteen and other areas. He even went inside a waiting public utility bus to briefly talk with the passengers and talked with the employees and passengers at the pre-departure area.

"Palagay ko naman ho maayos, Tandaan lang natin ang NAIA-3 hindi pa ho tapos ang gusaling 'yan. Marami pang kailangang gawin at parang nagkaliwanag na ho ngayon doon sa timetables para matapos at para magamit natin ang NAIA-3," the President said when asked to comment on his visits to the airport’s facility and bus terminal.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has launched “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2012” to ensure the orderly and convenient travel for motorists and commuters.

As part of the program, Abaya checked the ongoing rehabilitation and preparations being made at the NAIA Terminals 1 and 3. Airport personnel started beefing up security measures with the expected influx of passengers going to their respective provinces. (PNA)

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