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MIAA to launch OPLAN Undas 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will begin its implementation of Oplan Undas 2015 today in anticipation of the increase of passengers for the approaching All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Under the said operation plan, added measures will be in place to ensure safe, reliable, and convenient operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the next two weeks.
Coordination has been made with airlines regarding the efficient processing of their passengers especially at the check-in counters. Additional airline personnel will be deployed as needed to accommodate the increase in travelers.
Check-in counters are opened 2 hours before departure of a domestic flight while 3 hours prior for an international flight. Counters close 45 minutes before departure.
Maximum deployment of security personnel will be observed at the NAIA as a “no leave” policy will be kept by the Airport Police Department (APD) during the entire duration of Oplan Undas.
Security at the NAIA will be closely coordinated among the APD, the Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the Philippine National Police, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units of Parañaque City and Pasay City.
Both the APD and the ASG will be assigned to secure the immediate premises of the airport by means of, among others, K9 units.
The MMDA and local enforcers will be stationed along major roads leading to the terminals to guide vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile, help desks will also be set-up per terminal to accommodate passenger concerns.
A command center per terminal will also be established to oversee all operations.
MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says that, just as Filipinos have packed their bags for Undas this year, management is also prepared for the influx of passengers.
“At the heart of Oplan Undas is the passenger. We want to make sure that traveling will be as hassle-free as possible as we observe the solemnity of the occasion,” Honrado adds.
Roughly 50,000 passengers daily are expected to leave Manila for the holiday.
The General Manager advises passengers to allot enough travel time on the road. Traffic is expected to get heavier as the weekend nears.
Travelers are also reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.