The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) doubts that there will be delays in the trips of sea vessels at various ports all over the country during the rest of the Holy Week.
PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo noted on Wednesday, April 17, that the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has not monitored any weather disturbance.
“Wala tayong nakikitang weather disturbance so walang dahilan para magkaroon ng delays. Wala rin sanang aberya,” Balilo said during DZRH’s Isyu.
Balilo said that they expect higher number of passengers travelling thru ships this 2019 compared to 2018. He explained that the PCG monitored a two percent to three percent increase in the number of passengers in the last five years.
The PCG official believes that the public starts to fancy sea travel compared to air travel since they are allowed to carry more items in ships rather than airplanes.
“Marami na rin gumagamit ng barko dahil siguro, compared sa eroplano, mas mababa ng kaunti at saka mas marami yung bagahe na nadadala,” Balilo asked.
Balilo urged passengers to cooperate with authorities to ensure the safety and security of sea travel during the holidays.
As of 6:00AM, the PCG monitored a total of 24,664 outbound passengers in seaports all over the Philippines. Most of the passengers, 10,696, are at ports in the Southern Tagalog region.