The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) monitored 80,874 outbound passengers in all seaports across the country as of noon on Maundy Thursday.
In an update, the PCG said a total of 74,039 inbound passengers were likewise registered from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The agency deployed 2,713 frontline personnel in 15 PCG districts and inspected 564 vessels and 1,192 motorbancas to ensure smooth operations in the ports.
It likewise placed its districts, stations, and sub-stations on “heightened alert” from April 2 to April 10 to manage the influx of passengers during the Lenten break.
The alert will also cover the length of summer vacation in anticipation of local tourists traveling by sea for recreational purposes until May 31, it said.
Travelers were advised to coordinate with the PCG for their inquiries, concerns, and clarifications on travel protocols and regulations this Holy Week and summer vacation through its official Facebook page or the Coast Guard Public Affairs (0927-560-7729). —Sundy Locus/VBL, GMA Integrated News