The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) on Monday said that they are expecting 1.2 million passengers who will be using the terminal for their trips to and from the province this Holy Week.
That is why this early, the PITX management said that they are preparing for the expected deluge of passengers which may start on March 31, Friday.
Among those that are having a majority of the trips to Bicol and Visayas.
According to the PITX, they are already fully booked for Holy Week. However, they are expecting additional units that will be deployed.
On the other hand, a representative from the bus company had given advise to the passengers to do walk-ins or try and be a chance passenger so that they may be accommodated on the additional units to be deployed.
Earlier, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) had issued special permits to 22 units for additional trips to Bicol.
Many passengers heading north, such as Baguio, are also reserving trips already for Holy Week.
Meanwhile, the LTFRB said that they are set to personnel at PITX during the Holy Week rush.
On the other hand, the Land Transportation Office said it will inspect buses to ensure they are in good condition, and check on drivers to make sure they are not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
The government earlier announced that April 6 (Maundy Thursday) and April 7 (Good Friday) are regular holidays while April 8 (Black Saturday) is a special non-working day.
Meanwhile, Monday, April 10, has been declared a non-working day in observance of Araw ng Kagitingan, which falls on April 9 (Sunday).
Catherine R. Cueto