Long line of vehicles and travelers crowded the Port of Lucena on Maundy Thursday due to lack of maritime vessels bound for Marinduque, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said.
“Kasalukuyang puno ang Marshalling Area at access roads sa Port of Lucena dahil sa kakulangan ng barko na naglalayag papuntang Marinduque ngayong Huwebes Santo, ika-6 ang Abril,” the port management said in a statement.
(The marshaling area and access roads at Port of Lucena are currently full due to the lack of ships bound for Marinduque this Maundy Thursday, April 6.)
The PPA clarified that no untoward incident was reported at the port and that ship operations continue.
“Sinisigurado ng Port Management Office Marinduque/Quezon na maayos ang pila at pinapakiusapan din ang lahat ng pasahero na maging mahinahon at magpasensya sa limitasyon ng pantalan,” it added.
(The Port Management Office Marinduque/Quezon ensures that the lines are orderly as we ask the passengers to be calm and patient amid the limitations of the port.)
As of 12 noon, Thursday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) monitored 80,874 outbound passengers and 74,039 inbound passengers across all seaports in the country.
The PCG is on “heightened alert” from April 2 to 3 to manage the influx of passengers during the long Lenten break. The alert status will be extended until May 31 in anticipation of domestic tourists traveling for the summer season. —Sundy Locus/AOL, GMA Integrated News