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Travelers stay overnight at PITX to get a ride home for New Year

A number of passengers stayed overnight and waited in long queues for trip tickets to their home provinces at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Some commuters were unable to rest for the night as they waited for their turn to purchase their passes, according to an "Unang Balita" report by Nico Waje on Thursday.

Most the travelers at the PITX are bound for the Bicol region.

Commuter Larry Contreras, who is headed to Camarines Norte, queued up at the terminal at 3 a.m. for an 8 a.m. bus to Bicol.

Contreras said he has not gone home to Camarines Norte for two years.

Those travelling to Batangas also endured long lines for trip tickets.

Domer Ramirez, who came all the way from Pampanga, was aggrieved as he had been waiting since 7 p.m. on Wednesday for a trip to Batangas.

Ramirez said he refused a van or a taxi ride worth P800-P1,000.

Passengers appealed for online booking for Batangas to avoid long queues at PITX.


Meanwhile, some commuters were dismayed due to the delayed trips at the Manila North Port terminal.

A number of passengers also would not be able to celebrate the New Year in their home provinces after the port said some trips have been moved to January 2, according to an Unang Balita report.

Some commuters travelled from far off provinces and waited overnight at the pier, bringing with them their presents for their relatives.

Interviewed at Dobol B sa News TV, Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Santiago said a cargo airline cancelled some trips after three of its crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

The cargo airline has assured passengers of the resumption of trips this weekend, according to Santiago.

"Palagi po nating sinasabi... sa lahat po ng shipping lines na gumagamit ng mga pantalan natin na sana naman mag-abiso sila nang maaga-aga," Santiago said.

(We always remind shipping lines that use the ports to issue notifications to their passengers in advance.)

Santiago said the PPA has installed mobile showers to accommodate passengers who were affected by the delayed trips. —LBG/KBK, GMA News