MANILA - The volume of passengers at the Araneta Center Bus Station in Cubao, Quezon City continues to increase by the hour, three days before Christmas day.
On Wednesday, walking at terminals was still manageable, but on Thursday, it had already been blocked by the multitude of passengers heading to their home provinces hoping to catch a bus. Police estimate around 10,000 passengers in Cubao terminal alone.
Police have advised commuters to bring snacks and water while waiting for a ride. Security has been tightened not only in the terminal, but in other points of convergence as well.
National Capital Region Police Director, Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde and QC Police District Director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar led security inspections at the terminal.
Albayalde said they an additional 150 personnel from the NCRPO has also been deployed to the Quezon City Police District to man busy areas.
Meanwhile, officers from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transport Office (LTO) inspected buses, checking road-worthiness and whether or not they are following routes assigned to them.
The Highway Patrol Group also visited the bus station to specifically look into the cases of taxi drivers who refuse to accept passengers.