Naga bus terminal’s security concerns, flaws tackled at SP deliberation

NAGA CITY --- The management of Bicol Central Station (BCS) presented last Tuesday at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session the security problems besetting the city’s transportation facility.

This, after City Councilor Lito del Rosario invited last week BCS General Manager Roderick Reforsado to appear in the Sanggunian Panlungsod session so that the implementation of certain approaches that will help to improve the safety and security measures inside the facility will be thouroughly discussed.

The plan to enhance the security inside the bus terminal was proposed by Del Rosario as part of the city government’s preparation, now that the celebration of Christmas season is drawing to a near.

The month of December is being considered as a peak season when influx of several thousands of passengers, approximately from 24,000 to 38,000 people, are expected to troop to BCS.

Reforsado admitted in his report the insufficient number of security personnel manning the facility.

He said that out of 19 public safety officers that help to maintain the bus terminal’s peace and order situation, nine are casual employees, three are in permanent status, and six are job order workers.

“The good thing here is that during peak seasons, there are public safety officers and police personnel who assist us in keeping the peace and order situation at the terminal 24/7,” he said.

Reforsado also reported before the city councilors the absence of CCTV cameras in some important areas of the facility. He also made mention about the need to put up passenger entrance and exit gates, the installation of baggage scanners, and acquisition of metal detectors.

Reforsado underscored the importance of CCTV cameras, baggage scanners, and metal detectors as being required by the National Land Transportation Security Program (NLTSP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The BCS management has been conducting coordination with the personnel of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to address the presence of illegal public transport or colorum vehicles in the terminal and with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for strict implementation of transport laws including emergency response.