Malacañang on Sunday advised Filipinos who will commemorate Lent to take extra precaution, especially when traveling during the long vacation period.
“May we encourage and may we remind our motorists to exhibit safety as they drive. We also would like to remind common carriers of their responsibility to exercise extraordinary diligence in conveying our Filipino passengers to and from their points of destination,” its spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in an interview with dzRB radio on Sunday.
Lacierda noted that Lent is a season of reflection and contemplation, a time for Filipinos to be away from work and with their families back home in the provinces.
He said concerned government agencies are on alert to assist and ensure the safety of all motorists.
“So, in all this, may we ask everyone, the Filipino motorists, the Filipino commuters, our respective and appropriate agencies, and all common carriers whether by sea, air or land, to exhibit and to keep in mind the primacy of safety as we spend this Holy Week with our families,” Lacierda added.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier directed concerned government agencies to assure the safety and convenience of the public going to the provinces during the Holy Week celebration.
The President directed the Toll Regulatory Board to also ssure smooth and orderly payment of tolls in major expressways.
Aquino said the Department of Transportation and Communications and its attached agencies should see to it that there are enough public vehicles and that there will be no overloading particularly of ships.
The Department of Public Works and Highways has also been directed to assure that all roads are clear and safe for all public vehicles.
The Department of Health and all public hospitals have also been ordered to be ready in all emergencies in case of accidents.
The President also wants the Department of Energy to ensure a steady supply of electricity during the Holy Week.
He urges the public to exercise extra caution while on the road, follow traffic rules and guidelines, and control their temper, bring first-aid kits and medicines and secure their homes before leaving.