MANILA – Passengers in Metro Manila have begun to crowd bus terminals in Metro Manila on Saturday for the Holy Week.
At the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City alone, all buses are leaving fully booked.
"Wala na raw ticket kahapon pa. Sana magdagdag sila ng biyahe," passenger Janet Jabido, who will be going home to Eastern Samar, said in a report on TV Patrol.
Jabido stayed in the bus terminal for almost two days hoping to catch a Samar-bound bus to no avail.
Other passengers, especially those going north, are also affected by the number of suspensions issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently following fatal road accidents.
Among the bus firms suspended by the LTFRB is GV Florida which was involved in an accident that killed activist Arvin "Tado" Jimenez in Mt. Province.
While 188 units of Florida bus remains suspended, the LTFRB already offered 14 of its routes to other bus firms.
Other bus firms have already applied for special permits to accommodate more passengers traveling to provinces.
Meanwhile, traffic in EDSA on Saturday was heavy as the Department of Public Works and Highways continued its extensive road reblocking project.
Because of the heavy traffic, the Metro Manila Development Authority opened a zipper lane for southbound vehicles starting from the area near Nepa Q Mart up to EDSA-Santolan.
The road reblocking along EDSA will continue until dawn of Monday.
Meanwhile, major roads such the North and South Luzon Expressways are already preparing for the influx of vehicles during the Holy Week.
The Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) said it expects a 30 percent increase in the volume of vehicles on its toll roads during Holy Week.
The LTFRB earlier said they are targeting zero accidents during the whole Holy Week exodus period. -- with reports from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News; Dexter Ganibe, DZMM