MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III will be making the rounds of transportation hubs on Wednesday afternoon as the crush of people leaving Metro Manila for other parts of the country reaches its peak.
Aquino's visits come as authorities beef up inspections in transportation hubs to ensure safe travel for all.
The president is slated to visit Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 4; North Port Passenger Terminal Complex; Pangasinan Five Star Bus Company, Inc. in Cubao, Quezon City; and JAC Liner - Kamias Terminal along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.
Expected to receive Aquino at the NAIA 3 are Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) OIC general manager Vicente L. Guerzon, Jr., Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general William Hotchkiss III, and NAIA 3 terminal manager Octavio Lina.
Aquino is expected to inspect the operations and security set-up at the NAIA Terminal 3 and 4. He will be given a briefing by Guerzon on the status of passenger volume and traffic, airport security and assistance measures, among others. He will also inspect various facilities in both terminals.
At the North Port Passenger Terminal Complex, Aquino will be received by Philippine Ports Authority general manager Juan Sta. Ana; Maritime Industry Authority administration Maximo Mejia; Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI) chairperson Michael Romero; MNHPI CEO Richard Barclay; 2Go Group, Inc. president and CEO Sulpicio Tagud; Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena; Manila Police District acting director Supt. Isagani Genabe Jr.; and PNP Maritime Group director Supt. Noel Lazarus Vargas.
Aquino is slated to inspect the port's ticketing booths, assessment area, excess baggage screening and assessment areas, help desks, terminal fee counter, X-Ray machines, walk through metal detector, biometrics scan and shoot ticket scanning area, and waiting lounge.
The president will also make similar inspections at the terminals of Five Star and JAC Liner, where he will be received by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Winston Ginez and several officials of the bus firms.