Aquino satisfied with preparations for Undas

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III was "satisfied" with the necessary preparations of the government agencies for the safe observance of Undas after he inspected Thursday afternoon three major terminals in Metro Manila, a Palace official said.

The President checked the new North Port Passenger Terminal Complex at Manila north Harbor in Tondo, as well as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport System in Paranaque City, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

Aquino Manila North Habor visit
MANILA. President Benigno Aquino III inspects the newly renovated Manila North Habor as part of the government's preparation for the All-Saints' and All-Souls Days festivities starting Friday. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., one of the Cabinet officials who accompanied in the President in the inspection, said that Aquino was satisfied with the preparation of the pertinent agencies for Undas, and that he also directed the concerned officials to observe “focused alertness.”

"Naging katanggap-tanggap kay Pangulo ang kaayusan sa mga transport terminal. Nasiyahan siya na komportable ang mga pasahero at masaya sila sa kanilang pagbibiyahe," Coloma said in a text message to reporters.

"Nagbilin siya sa mga opisyal na obserbahan ang focused alertness hanggang matapos ang Undas," he added.

In an interview with the media, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the President was "generally satisfied" with the preparation of the concerned agencies.

"Generally, mukhang satisfied, otherwise you would see it in his face kung meron siyang nakikitang malaking pagkukulang. Mukhang okay naman ‘yung naging appreciation niya sa pagpre-prepare po natin," Abaya said.

The DOTC launched Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2013, a centralized plan to ensure access to convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient, safe, and secure transportation that started during the 2013 Barangay Elections, and will continue until the All Saints/All Souls Day holidays.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, meanwhile, told reporters that the Philippine National Police remains on full alert to ensure safe and peaceful Undas weekend.

"In general, naka-alert naman ang PNP hindi lamang dito sa mga ports and airports pero pati hanggang sa kalye at sa iba pang kinalalagyan nila; at wala naman tayong nakikita o natatanggap na specific item," Roxas said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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