At CSBT: Zamboanga-bound need to present ID
CEBU, Philippines — While there is no security threat, passengers bound for Zamboanga through the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) will be asked to present a valid identification before they can buy a bus ticket.
CSBT Manager Jonathan Tumulak said it is part of the terminal’s heightened security measures as a huge crowd is expected to pass through the southern gateway this season.
To recall, almost 50 guns heading for Zamboanga were confiscated in July at the Bato Port.
The package was believed to have bypassed the security protocol of CSBT.
He said that the added measure is also to ensure that there are no reservations being made at the terminal if the passenger himself is not yet there. They would implement the “first come, first serve” rule.
Aside from that, the terminal management reminds its passengers not to bring bladed and sharp items as much as possible.
If they need to do so, it must be stowed away safely in a way that it will not be easily accessible during the trip.
Sniffing dogs would also aid at the entrance areas. If there are suspicious packages, a passenger may be obliged to open his or her cargo for inspection.
Aside from the CSBT personnel, Capitol employees were also deployed to augment the terminal’s personnel.
Passengers have been flocking to the bus terminal since Friday.
To respond to the demand, terminal operations have been made 24/7, instead of its usual hours which end at 11 p.m. and resumes at 1 a.m.
“Basta naa nay bus ug nakapahuway na ang driver or naay laing makadala, pabyahion na,” he said.
As of yesterday, the average waiting time for a passenger to get a ride is one hour to an hour and a half.
Bus operators have also checked and made sure of the road worthiness of the buses.
In an earlier interview, Tumulak said that the Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board have done their respective roles.
Meanwhile, the traffic enforcers within Metro Cebu will be in full alert to direct the traffic flow.
Tumulak, who is also the focal person for traffic management in Cebu Province, said that he has met with the traffic czars of the local government units from Danao City in the north and to Carcar City in the south earlier this month.
Like the bus operators, the traffic enforcers were asked to reschedule their parties so they may focus on their job on the peak season. (FREEMAN)