The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) monitored over 56,000 outbound passengers in all ports nationwide as of Tuesday noon.
In an advisory, the PCG said 56,043 outbound passengers and 42,825 inbound passengers were recorded from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
At least 2,570 frontline personnel in 15 PCG districts inspected 655 vessels and 790 motorbancas, it added.
Meanwhile, all Coast Guard districts, stations, and substations were placed on heightened alert from April 2 to 10 to manage the influx of port passengers during Holy Week.
“It will also cover the length of summer vacation in anticipation of local tourists traveling by sea for recreational purposes until May 31, 2023,” the PCG said.
The PCG advised the public to communicate through its official Facebook page or the Coast Guard Public Affairs (0927-560-7729) for inquiries, concerns, and clarifications regarding sea travel protocols and regulations during Holy Week and summer vacation this year. —Richa Noriega/VBL, GMA Integrated News