CMC allows 2 more routes for passenger vessels PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 September 2013 12:49

The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) yesterday approved two more routes for passenger vessel trips, this time departing for Jolo and Isabela, Basilan.

Lt. Junior Grade Jomark Anggue  (Philippine Coast Guard) disclosed in a meeting with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)  and shipping line operators that the CMC has approved the sailing of vessels plying the Zamboanga-Jolo and Jolo-Zamboanga (direct) routes, as well as the Zamboanga-Isabela and Isabela-Zamboanga routes. However, only one (1) trip per day both for passengers and cargoes is allowed for the Zamboanga- Jolo route, with the departure time set at 4:00 p.m., while two trips are allowed per day for the Zamboanga-Isabela route, with departure times set at 9:45 a.m. and at 03:45 p.m. The CMC has previously approved one (1) trip per day for the Zamboanga-Bongao and vice versa route.

The same strict policy applies for embarking and disembarking passengers, with PPA and PCG personnel imposing two screening processes for passengers. Travelers to Jolo and Isabela will have to arrive at the city port’s R.T. Lim Boulevard gate three (3) hours before the departure time, so that they may be screened properly. The screening will be stopped and the gates will be closed 30 minutes before departure time. Passengers will have to present valid identification (ID) with the corresponding boat tickets to be allowed to board the vessel. Persons without proper IDs will not be allowed entry into the port, but will instead be directed to the nearby PNP kiosk for further processing.

Meanwhile, disembarking passengers from Bongao, Jolo and Isabela will be shuttled from the vessel to a designated area outside of the port. Passenger vessel trips from Jolo are scheduled to arrive only in the daytime.

All armed passengers coming from Bongao, Jolo and Isabela must have the proper documents for carrying their firearms. Individuals who cannot present the necessary papers, such as a mission order to carry a weapon for military personnel, will have to be brought to the Zamboanga City Police Office for processing.

Port Manager Liberto C. Dela Rosa appeals to the riding public to adhere to the new access control policy imposed by PPA in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard. “The seemingly strict procedure will ultimately benefit the citizens of Zamboanga as well as the surrounding islands. The policy is developed to ensure the highest level of safety and security,” he said.