DOTC launches website for Holy Week travelers
Karl, a nurse, has been waiting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 since 4 a.m. for his 9 a.m. flight back home to Dumaguete.
While he’s waiting, he uses his mobile phone to check on his Facebook status and visit the microsite of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and 20 other coordinating agencies.
The site is central to the agency’s “Oplan Ligtas Kuwaresma” for Lent this year.
From Dumaguete, Karl will go on to Cebu. He said the DOTC website is a great help to travelers like him.
“Kasi marami pong information na kailangan ng isang pasahero,” he said.
The site lists schedules of airlines, ships and buses, as well as the number of trips and availability of tickets.
April, who regularly rides the bus home to Mauban, Quezon, is also happy with the DOTC’s new site.
And because there’s Wi-Fi on the bus, she can also surf the Internet on the road.
“Para po hindi na mahirapan ang mga taong malalayo dito sa EDSA na pupunta pa ako kung saan-saan. Kaysa halimbawa sa Araneta kung puno na, lilipat na lang sila sa ibang istasyon na bus,” April said.
The DOTC also has a Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account, making the agency more accessible to the public.
Its hashtag is #Pinoykwaresma.
The DOTC’s website is also interactive so travelers like April can share their experience while on the road.
The DOTC urged other agencies such as the LTFRB, the Ports Authority and Philippine National Railways to open their own Twitter accounts.
Meanwhile, passengers said they wish the DOTC website will be activated all year round.
Many passengers are expected to flock to transport hubs this Lenten season. The DOTC is reminding the public to report any concerns to their 24/7 hotline at 7890.
Mornings@ANC, March 28, 2012