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Gov’t acts to ensure safe ‘Semana’

President Aquino has ordered concerned agencies to step up measures to ensure the safety of travelers and pilgrims going to the provinces this Holy Week, a Palace official said yesterday.

And while the government does its job, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities for their own safety as they take time off to observe Lent.

“Upon the orders of President Aquino, all concerned agencies led by the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Interior and Local Government, the National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Energy, and Toll Regulatory Board are prepared and ready to ensure the safe exodus of motorists, passengers, and visitors this Holy Week,” Coloma said in Filipino over government radio.

“The President gives highest priority to the safety of the people traveling this Holy Week. All agencies have been mobilized to achieve this goal,” he added.

Coloma said strict inspections of bus terminals, airports, and ports will continuously be implemented to check the safe condition of public vehicles plying this Holy Week.

Public assistance desks have also been established in various transportation terminals to address concerns and needs of the public, he added.