Bus terminals, ports see rise in Filipinos returning home
December 25, 2013 - 8:20:05 am
MANILA: People travelling to spend the holidays in their home provinces continue to come in droves to various bus terminals and ports in Metro Manila.
Authorities said the number of passengers going to ports in Manila has increased by 80 percent compared to the holiday rush last year.
Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said that the number of travellers this year is based on data from shipping lines.
The shipping companies have reported that trips going to the provinces during the holidays are already fully booked.
The surge of passengers is expected to continue. Figures showed that last week more than 215,000 passengers left Manila for the provinces.
Meanwhile, reports said that hundreds of passengers continue to troop to the Araneta Centre bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City. The terminal’s management expects the number to swell today. There are also reports that bus fare rates have increased by as much as P250, particularly for buses going to Capiz province.
The Philippine Star