'Kalakbay' Mobilized for Holy Week

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'Kalakbay' Mobilized for Holy Week


Secretary Pantaleon D. Alvarez of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) yesterday harnessed the full force of the department and its attached agencies in assuring orderly transport operations during the Holy Week.

Alvarez set in motion Oplan Kalakbay 2002 under the Organisado, Kalinisan, at Seguridad (OKS na OKS) program of the DoTC.

Action and help desks have been set up in bus terminals, seaports, airports, and other strategic areas to assist commuters nationwide.

The DoTC Command Center will be manned 24 hours a day by a team led by Undersecretary Carina S. Valera, lawyer Neil Manalo, and Jimmy Legaspi Jr. They will report directly to Secretary Alvarez on major developments.

Complaints and requests for direct assistance may be made through DoTC Command Center telephone/fax numbers 723-4235 and 727-1710 and through DoTC hotline 02-7890.

Supporting the DoTC Command Center are its various attached agencies represented by the following:

Director Paciico Avenido Jr. of LTO-NCR, Rollie Casilan of LTO-III, Col. Ely dela Paz of LTO Action Center, Telecommunications Officers Romeo Villanueva, Director Arsenio Peleo Jr. and Cesar Locson, Virgilio Padua, and lawyer Edgar Pilar of the Philippine Ports Authority, Arlene Romero and J.B. Bea of Marina, Director Gilbert Ramires of the National Telecommunications Commission, Sisenando Castro of PNR, Nelson C. Bangullon of MRT 3, Judith Dolot of MRTA, and Arnel Manresa of DoTC.

Non-governmental organizations from the various regions will assist the DoTC by fielding doctors and nurses.

Equipped with two-way radios, the DoTC action teams have been fielded in all bus terminals, North Harbor (Piers 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, and 16), at the NAIA. Each action center has its own NGO component.

"The action teams will provide motorists and passengers assistance to emphasize our commitment to safety in basic transportation services by improving and enforcing safety standards and regulations," Alvarez said.

The department is also coordinating with the PNP and Metro Manila Development Authority.

Communications companies Smart and Globe, meanwhile, are providing "libreng tawag" facilities to stranded commuters and accident victims. …

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