By Betheena Kae Unite
Close to 39,000 passengers flocked various sea port terminals around the country on the last day of the year, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
A total of 38,935 sea passengers were seen leaving different ports in the country as a day before the new year, according to the nationwide monitoring of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The biggest crowd of passengers was monitored in Central Visayas where a total of 14,013 passengers were at the ports in Cebu, Western Bohol, Southern Cebu, and Camotes.
Nearly 10,000 passengers were found in port terminals in Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Southern Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Northern Quezon, the Coast Guard said. Ports in Northern Mindanao also catered to more than 5,600 passengers in Surigao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, and Misamis Oriental.
The rest of the outbound passengers traveling hours before the New Year’s Eve revelry were monitored in ports in Metro Manila, Aklan, Iloilo,Davao, Igacos, Bicol, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Leyte, Samar, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental.
Admiral Joel Garcia, Coast Guard commandant, has directed all Coast Guard units to monitor all port terminals for the safety and security of passenger nationwide despite the lower turnout of passengers during the New Year compared to Christmas.
Captain Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday that passengers are expected to flock the ports on the last minute before New Year’s Day and after the revelries.
Garcia also reiterated to all passengers to remain vigilant at all times, to comply with the safety and security measures at port terminals and vessels, and to report any suspicious individual or occurrence to authorities manning the DOTr Malasakit Help Desk for appropriate action during their travel.