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    PH BoC turns over to PDEA some PhP11 million worth of seized illegal drugs

    May 22nd, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    Image © http://www.notey.com

    THE Bureau of Customs on Tuesday has turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency some PhP11.87 million worth of seized methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu for proper disposition.

    According to BoC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, the shabu shipments were seized last month at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after they were uncovered during routine inspection, x-ray examination, canine sweeping and field tests of incoming cargoes by Customs examiners.

    NAIA Customs District III Collector Carmelita Talusan said one of the packages, which was intercepted last April 27, contained 2.031 kilograms of shabu and was consigned to a certain Joey Cuenca of Imus, Cavite.

    The other package, which was interdicted on April 23, contains 344.50 grams of shabu and was consigned to a certain Susano Trinidad of Cubao, Quezon City, Talusan added.

    “We are still training the Customs examiners and enforcers in NAIA to perfect the profiling techniques to safeguard parcels in post offices and shipments in warehouses from anti-social and prohibited goods,” Talusan also said.

    (File Photo) Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Photo © news.mb.com.ph

    Meanwhile, Lapeña said both packages have fictitious consignees and delivery addresses, adding that the contraband came on board two different flights from California, USA and were declared as medicine cabinet and pillow, respectively.

    Lapeña said the attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into the country via mail is the reason why there is a constant alert for all incoming parcels, be they furniture or other merchandise.

    “We have intensified our anti-drug operations at the ports, and so we are able to apprehend drug shipments in March and April in NAIA alone,” Lapeña said.

    In March this year, BOC-NAIA intercepted a Canada bound parcel containing 42 tablets of Cyproterone Acetate and Ethinylestradiol. It also prevented the smuggling into the country of 33.06 grams of shabu and pouch of kush weeds. The contraband, which came from California, was concealed in a toy doll.

    The following month, the BOC-NAIA seized 962 pieces of Ecstacy tablets coming from Netherlands and 7,517.6 grams of shabu which came in five shipments from the US, and concealed in Lego toys, baby crib, car seat, pillow and medicine cabinet.

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    Filipino diplomats held in Kuwait return home

    May 18th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    (File Photo) The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 © rappler.com

    THREE Philippine Embassy employees who were allegedly involved in the controversial rescue of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait came home Friday afternoon after being held in prison there for several days.

    Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) refused to identify the three DFA personnel, who were immediately whisked to a waiting vehicle at the Terminal 1 ramp area after landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    Around 10 DFA officials, including Presidential Adviser on OFWs Abdullah Mama-o, met the trio upon exiting the plane that brought them home.

    The trio were briefly imprisoned by the Kuwaiti government last month due to their involvement in the controversial DFA move to rescue the OFWs from their abusive employers without coordinating with the Kuwaiti government.

    The poorly executed rescue attempt became known to the Kuwaitis after it was recorded and posted in YouTube and later Facebook by a DFA personnel and a pro-Duterte blogger, in an apparent bid to gain propaganda points.

    The incident was deemed by the Kuwaitis an affront to their sovereignty and resulted in the near break off of diplomatic ties between the said Gulf state and the Philippines. But with great skill on the part of professional Filipino diplomats and labor representatives, the diplomatic ties between Kuwait and the Philippines was repaired and restored, and the Memorandum of Agreement on the Protection of OFW in the said country was signed.

    Meanwhile, knowledgeable sources at the country’s premier airport told Beyond Deadlines that the four Filipino drivers, who were also arrested in connection with the now scandalous rescue attempt, will also return home soon.

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    PAL to fly to San Vicente, Palawan?

    May 16th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists as San Vicente Airport opens. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

    THE San Vicente Airport in Palawan last week opened its runway for commercial flights making accessible to the public more tourist destinations in the island.

    Construction of the PhP298.7 million airport started in 2009. It was built to jump start tourism in this northwesterly town of Palawan as it is near the world-famous El Nido island. It opened to general aviation on June 22, 2017.

    As this developed, legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) revealed that it is considering flight services to San Vicente Airport.

    PAL Spkesperson Cielo Villaluna

    The airport is two hours away from the world-famous El Nido Island. It is strategically positioned making it an ideal gateway to the famous island,” according to PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna in her Facebook account. She added that PAL will soon make the appropriate announcement.

    El Nido, a municipality on Palawan island, is known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep Karst cliffs.

    The PAL management recently came up with the adjusted flight frequency in support of the government’s decision to temporarily close or limit access to the world famous Boracay for urgent major environmental rehabilitation of the island.

    As part of the flight frequency program, the airline expanded flights to a number of other Philippine tourist and provincial destinations to help ensure the continued growth of domestic tourism.

    Also, it deployed commercial flights on routes between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Bacolod.

    As we re-direct our passenger market flows to these other key destinations, PAL anticipates that the additional flights will help increase demand and spur economic activity for the benefit of the travel and tourism communities in various regions of the country,” Villaluna said.

    PAL said it will continue to coordinate with the Department of Tourism to optimize the tourism generating value of any route calibrations and mitigate any adverse impact on both international and domestic tourism flows from the Kalibo and Caticlan airports cutbacks.

    Seen as the country’s First Flagship Enterprise Zone, the booming town of San Vicente, a first-class municipality, is home to the longest white beach in the Philippines, known as Long Beach, which boasts a stretch of 14 kilometers spanning to the coastline of four barangays.

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    Religious groups unite in an annual congregation

    May 13th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    Cuneta Astrodome. Image © wikimapia.org

    FOUR religious groups joined hands in service to express love of God through prayers and singing the Gospel to encourage everyone to embrace the word of God.

    Dubbed as “May Nagmamahal Saýo” (There’s Someone Who Loves You), the event was held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Saturday.

    Hundreds of devotees from Verbo of God led by Rev. Gabriel Quebec, Pastor Arnel Cadelina of Faith in Jesus (Malayang Pilipino), both from Las Pinas, Rev. Bhoy Manlapaz of Jesus Christ Mission to All Nation from Bulacan, and the Pampanga-based Rev. Kyung Su Lee of Rainbow International Mission, attended the annual congregation.

    Quebec, whose daughter was a victim of child trafficking, said that there is hope even in the worst time of our life, just approach and seek out Lord Jesus Christ.

    Faith in Christ changes us,” he said adding that he found justice as far as in the United States against an American pedophile.

    The story of his quest for justice even saw print in The Manila Times on August 24, 2016. (Read More: http://www.manilatimes.net/filipino-father-of-teenager-finds-justice-in-america/281858/)

    As a Christian missionary, Korean Reverend Kyung stayed in the Philippines for more than 21 years.

    I was here for a world Christian mission and the commitment to serve God and the faithful in the country.”

    The event is in its third year. Its first annual congregation took in 2016.

    On their second year, Senator Manny Pacquiao graced the occasion, and as a guest speaker, he also encouraged people to embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    This year’s event was attended by Pasay City Congresswoman Emy Calixto Rubiano, and Lee Ann Rubiano, and other Christian ministry members Edgar Macabeo, Leopoldo Fernando, Henson Chua, Fortunato Manahan, and Atty. Vincent “Jet” Maronilla.

     

     

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    Scarcity of immigration officers at NAIA causes long periods of queuing and flight delays

    May 3rd, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    (File Photo) Long lines at the NAIA’s immigration booths Photo © https://www.bitedge.co

    THE current scarcity of officers manning the immigration lanes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is not only causing travelers the discomfort of queuing for a long time but some flight delays too, according to the Manila International Airport Authority.

    The MIAA admitted that it cannot do anything about the long lines even as it noted that situation has now become a major source of complaints.

    The Bureau of Immigration should deploy more employees at every counter to abate the long lines of passengers,” an airport employee, who asked not to be identified, said adding that only a marginal number of the bureau’s workforce have been observed reporting for work lately, a situation some BI personnel said is due to problems in their wages.

    Some departing passengers noticed that only one immigration officer is at the counter when three or more officers are needed to provide full fast and efficient service. They also claimed that it took more than an hour before they were cleared and their passports stamped by an immigration officer.

    Passengers, at times, also blame local and foreign airlines operating at NAIA although they have no hand in the processing of the passengers’ travel documents.

    We provide full services to our client. We even provided comfort of every passenger, but the long queue is not our responsibility,” one airline official told this writer.

    Meanwhile, BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said the long queues at the airport is due to the “summer peak season passenger traffic” thus long lines will likely be common until June. She denied that the problem has something to do about the officer’s pay.

    It can be recalled that in early 2017, a similar immigration work slowdown at the NAIA due to unpaid wages has been reported.

    The problem persists until President Rodrigo Duterte intervened and allowed the BI again to put the Express Lane Fees (ELF) into a trust fund to be used as payment of salaries and overtime of its employees. The ELF was collected from foreigners who want to fast-track transactions at NAIA.

    As this developed, a MIAA official said the airport authority have already notified the BI about the situation at the NAIA and requested for additional personnel to ease the congestion at the airport’s immigration lanes.

    The BI assured the MIAA that “100 immigration personnel will be deployed at the country’s premier airport to ease the long lines, yet, we are still waiting for it,” said the unnamed MIAA official.

    Nevertheless, the MIAA official also said that they already started managing the long lines of people so as not to create congestion at the check-in hall where the airline counters are located.

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    PH customs bureau turns over PhP10 million worth of intercepted illegal drugs to PDEA

    April 27th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    Image © http://www.notey.com

    THE Bureau of Customs on Friday turned over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency the PhP10 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and kush weeds it intercepted and seized at the FEDEX warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    According to BoC District III Collector Carmelita Talusan, the 2,066 grams or 2.06 kilos of shabu and 127.60 grams of kush weeds were air mailed separately on different dates by different senders to different consignees. However, both packages came from California, USA.

    Talusan said the packages were consigned to a certain Savannah Valdez of General Trias, Cavite and Emmerson Cruz Medina of Quezon City, respectively. The package for the former arrived last March 28 to be followed by the package for the latter 21 days later.

    The contraband were concealed in two boxes and declared as toys and concealed in Lego sets. However, it yielded an unbranded and colorless crystalline substance when inspected by customs examiners, Talusan added.

    She also said both boxes underwent x-ray scanning and rigid inspection after no one has claimed it.

    (File Photo) Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Photo © news.mb.com.ph

    Meanwhile, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña reminded airport’s Customs rank and file that it is not only to collect and hit the bureau’s revenue target but also “to intensify BoC’s campaign against the smuggling of illegal goods in the country.”

    Lapeña said shabu is usually produced by syndicates in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. But some syndicates in the United States are now manufacturing it also because its a “lucrative business.” He added that the country’s mailing system is now also being used by drug syndicates to smuggle contraband in the country.

    It will be recalled that last month, combined operatives of the PDEA and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Group intercepted a mailed package in a PhilPost Office in Pasay City near the NAIA containing hundreds of illegal party drugs worth PhP1.5 million and arrested its consignee. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/04/22/ph-dea-seized-illegal-party-drugs-at-pasay-city-post-office-arrested-its-consignee/)

     

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    Cebu Pacific looking into claims its staff stole from a Balikbayan luggage

    April 17th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    (File Photo) A Cebu Pacific Air plane taking off Photo © http://www.philippineflightnetwork.com/

    THE management of Cebu Pacific Air has ordered a thorough investigation of the pilferage allegations by a Balikbayan who claimed to have lost a number of valuable personal effects from her luggage after she flew in to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Hong Kong.

    In a press statement on Monday, the CEB said they are looking into the claims made by Leticia Maple, who came from London to Manila via a connecting flight to Hong Kong.

    Maple, who is married to a British national, alleged that her laptop, perfumes and chocolates were missing when she arrived at the NAIA. Moreover, she said airport and airline employees are responsible for the loss.

    However, the CEB noted that it has received a report from Hong Kong authorities that Maple retrieved her luggage upon arriving at Hong Kong airport just prior to checking in for her connecting flight 5J113 to Manila on Saturday, April 14.

    The CEB management, at the same time, said it asked the Hong Kong airport authorities for Maple’s check-in baggage weight report so it could compare it to baggage weigh-in report in Manila.

    Although the CEB has yet to issue a final weigh-in report, sources from NAIA said there is no weight discrepancy on Maple’s luggage, as it has the same weight of eight kilograms when she checked in at the Hong Kong CEB counter and checked out in Manila.

    CEB spokesperson Charo Logarta said that the airline is still conducting an investigation regarding the allegation of Maple.

    The CEB statement further said “we are coordinating with ground handlers at the Hong Kong International Airport to trace the handling of the passenger’s baggage from the time she arrived in Hong Kong.”

    Nevertheless, the CEB said that after Maple’s had checked in for flight 5J113 in Hong Kong, her baggage was placed inside a Unit Load Device (ULD) or baggage container and secured aboard the aircraft.

    CCTV security footage showed that the ULD arrived Manila intact, with the passenger’s baggage inside, CCTV footage further showed ground personnel loading the baggage on the carousel with the lock still in place,” the airline said.

    We are in touch with the passenger concerned and shall update her when more details are available,” it added.

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    Scalded OFW is finally home after four years of legal battle in KSA

    April 13th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    OFW Pahima Alagasi (right), who suffered serious burns when her employer’s mother allegedly poured boiling water on her back in 2014, receives her two months’ worth of salary from Saudi Arabian Deputy Interior Minister Nasser Al-Daood (center) at the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh. With them is Ambassador Adnan Alonto (left). DFA photo

    FINALLY after four years of trying to return to home, Pahima Alagasi, a 26-year old Filipina domestic helper, was repatriated on Friday from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she reportedly was scalded by her sadistic employer.

    Pahima, who arrived via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR655, was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh Adman Alonto. She was met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by  ACT-OFW Party List Representative Anicieto Bertiz 3rd, Susan Ople of the Blas Ople Overseas Labor Office, and the representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    According to Alonto in an interview with reporters, the Pikit, North Cotabato native thanked the Philippine government for helping in the resolution of her case. He added that Pahima was also so grateful to Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif and the government of Saudi Arabia for facilitating her exit from the Kingdom.

    Finally, after four years, Pahima will be able to embrace again her children whom she left behind in Mindanao more than four years ago,” Alonto said.

    However, Bertiz said, Pahima will first have to pay a courtesy call in Davao City this Saturday to President Rodrigo Duterte, who asked for her return when he met with Saudi Prince and Interior Minister Abdulaziz in Malacañang last March 19.

    It will be recalled that Pahima was only 22 years old and barely two months on the job when her employer allegedly poured boiling water on her scalding her back, neck and thighs forcing her to seek treatment in a hospital. She then run away and sought shelter in the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

    She also filed a maltreatment complaint against her unnamed employer but the Saudi judge dismissed it after she allegedly failed to prove her accusation. In retaliation, the employer filed false accusation and absconding charges against Pahima which prevented her from returning home in the last four years.

    According to Pahima, she accidentally dropped the lid of a thermos while preparing coffee for her employer. Her irate employer then seized the thermos and poured its contents on her as she bent down to pick up the cap.

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    An octogenarian was hurt in an accident caused by a group of unmindful selfie takers at the NAIA

    April 8th, 2018

    By Benjie Lim Vergara

    (File photo) NAIA Terminal 1

    AN octogenarian woman was seriously hurt after accidentally being bumped by a group of selfie shot takers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    The 83-year old Juliana Lipan, a Quezon City resident, was attended to by airport doctors who administered first aid treatment before she was sent to the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City due to head contusions and severe backache.

    An Airport Police Department (APD) report shows that the accident happened last Wednesday at the waiting section of the Departure Area of NAIA’s Terminal 1 where Lipan and her family, and the members Oclos Michael Navarro kinsfolk were respectively sending off their relatives abroad.

    According to the APD report, Lipan was walking nearby when she was accidentally bumped from behind by a member of Navarro’s family causing her to hit her head in the metal door entrance as she fall to the ground.

    A Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) medical team led by Dr. Rowena Bernal responded to the scene and gave first aid to Lipan. It was then decided that Lipan should be brought to the hospital for further tests.

    For his part, Navarro expressed regret about the incident as he promised to shoulder Lipan’s hospital bill.

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    A sexagenarian was arrested at the PH’s NAIA for illegal gun possession

    April 7th, 2018

    Benjie Lim Vergara

    (File photo) NAIA Terminal 3 ©en.wikipedia.org

    PHILIPPINE airport authorities on Thursday apprehended an elderly woman for illegal gun possession at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

    The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs division head Jess Martinez identified the elderly woman only as Grace Castro. He said a .38 caliber revolver was found in Castro’s shoulder bag when she tried to enter the terminal’s Gate 6.

    Records showed that Castro was initially prevented from entering the airport terminal after she refused to submit her bag to the scanning of the security x-ray machine.

    However, since Castro is adamant to enter the terminal, the screeners managed to oblige the sexagenarian to put her bag at the scanning machine.

    Upon scanning Castro’s shoulder bag, the duty screener noticed the firearm and asked her for the required gun documents (license and permit to carry) which she allegedly failed to produce.

    When members of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group came to arrest Castro, she allegedly resisted and made a scene to draw attention of the other passengers.

    I am an agent working at Camp Crame,” she was quoted by the police authorities as shouting furiously.

    In the end, Castro was still brought by aviation policewomen to the airport security office for investigation. As of the posting of this news, the authorities are readying a criminal case against her.

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    PH deported to mainland China 78 suspected cyber-criminals

    April 4th, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

    Lito Banayo. Image © Global Balita

    SEVENTY eight Chinese who were linked to cyber fraud activities by Taiwanese authorities were deported on Tuesday by the Philippine justice department to mainland China where they will be prosecuted.

    The Philippine justice department, in coordination with country’s law enforcement agencies and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), turned over the suspects to the Taiwan police authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

    According to the DOJ, the suspects were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during simultaneous operations in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur and an exclusive subdivision in Las Piñas City in Metro Manila two months ago.

    The MECO, Taiwan’s de facto consular office in the Philippines, said “this is consistent (the arrests) with the Interpol Red Alert Notice issued in relation to the suspects.” It added that the suspects shall face trial highly-organized telecom extortion scheme in China (Taiwan) because the victims were all Chinese who reside there (Taiwan) where the evidence were also found.

    “It behooves us to join the international community in its effort to curtail cross border crimes and to help guarantee that the perpetrators are effectively prosecuted and meted punishment,” MECO Chairman Angelito T. Banayo said in a statement.

    “Likewise, this will send a strong message to criminal syndicates not to use the Philippines as a staging area for their illegal activities,” he added.

    According to MECO Information, Media and Special Projects Officer Enrique S. Beltran, the suspects allegedly misrepresented themselves as Chinese authorities posing as police, judges, or prosecutors, to shakedown businessmen and demand grease or protection money.

    Beltran said it is estimated that 100 Chinese businessmen and women are victimized each day since the group started operating early last year.

    The Chinese police authorities sought and received immediate assistance from the PNP in early November 2015 after more than 100 internet protocol addresses being used by the syndicate were traced here in the Philippines.

    Last January, the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group simultaneously arrested the suspects in separate operations.

    MECO officials said the syndicate had chosen the Philippine as its base of its operation for cyber-criminal activities due to internationally perceived weak enforcement and cyber-crime detection in the country. It noted that since most of the victims and evidence trail are in China, gang members cannot be prosecuted in the Philippines.

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    Japanese tourist lost money to thieving airport security personnel at the NAIA?

    March 31st, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

    NAIA Terminal 3. Image © https://philippines-magazine.com

    HOLY Wednesday in the Philippines will be forever etched in the mind of 25-year old Yuya Sakata, a newly arrived Japanese tourist who lost cash to two suspected thieves who are members of the security office of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    According to Sakata, he just arrived from Sydney, Australia Wednesday afternoon on board a Cebu Pacific flight when he later decided to go outside the airport terminal to look for a smoking area.
    After smoking, he went back inside Terminal 3 as he was waiting for a connecting flight to Cebu City when, after the screening of his luggage, he was approached by a security personnel, later identified as Stephen Bartolo.

    Bartolo, according to Sakata, informed him about the discovery of something prohibited in his luggage. The same security personnel then conducted a rigid search on his bag and wallet containing AUD2,700.

    Sakata added that nothing illegal was found and he was allowed by Bartolo to proceed to departure check-in area where he decided to check his wallet and discovered that he lost AUD1,700 00. He then reported the incident to a security guard, Brady Saygo, as he believed that his money was stolen by the security personnel who accosted him.

    Saygo, a member of the Lanting Security Agency, accompanied Sakata to the Airport Police Department (APD) office where he filed a complaint.

    At the APD office, investigators immediately reviewed the NAIA closed-circuit television (CCTV) and found out that it was Bartolo who took out the money from Sakata’s wallet. Bartolo was immediately apprehended and upon interrogation, he admitted taking the money from Sakata’s wallet while he was conducting luggage search.

    At the same time, Bartolo returned AUD100 adding that he gave some money to an OTS intelligence aide, Demmie James Timtim.

    The APD said their investigators then took custody of Timtim and recovered AUD200 from him bringing to only AUD300 the total amount recovered and returned to the victim. The incident is still being investigated by the authorities.

    Meanwhile, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal ordered the revocation of the airport access of the two security personnel as he placed their names in MIAA Stop List. He also ordered the filing of criminal against them before the Pasay Prosecutor’s Office.

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    PAL ready for Boracay’s possible closure

    March 24th, 2018

    Image © navjot-singh.com

    THE Philippine Airlines, the nation’s flag carrying airline, has prepared a contingency plan should the government pushes through with its plan to temporarily close Boracay island in western Visayas.

    “The Philippine Airlines will be ready to make the appropriate adjustments to schedules of flights to and from Caticlan (Boracay) airport and Kalibo International Airport,” PAL said in a statement adding that “we will be ready to assist passengers in rebooking, refunding and rerouting their flights in such a scenario.”

    The Department of Tourism (DoT) is pushing the closure of Boracay, which is located in Aklan province, because of its worsening sewage conditions. The situation has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to threaten the immediate closure of the island as he called the renowned tourist spot a “cesspool.”

    Reports indicate that some 850 establishments have already been served show-cause orders by an inter-agency council for easement violations and for not connecting their establishments to the sewerage treatment plant.

    At the same time, the DoT also temporarily ceased the processing of new and expiring accreditation certificates to establishments in Boracay which are not complying with environmental laws.

    PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna

    The PAL said their adjustments will depend on the scope and duration of Boracay closure, and “we will also take into account the need to retain some flights to serve the residents and businesses in Kalibo and the rest of the Aklan province.”

    According to Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson, the airline also intend to help minimize any impact on tourism, its passengers and the airline operations by redirecting flights to other routes where PAL can continue to promote domestic and international tourist travel for the Philippines during the temporary closure period.

    “PAL will make the necessary public advisories to inform and update the flying public, for our passengers and travel partners, We will continue to closely monitor the situation, pending any final government announcements, and coordinate with the Department of Tourism and the other concerned government agencies in support of the efforts to rehabilitate Boracay Island,” Villaluna said.

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    PH NAIA voted as among the world’s Top Ten Most Improved Airport

    March 23rd, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

    NAIA Terminal 3 © en.wikipedia.org

    THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now among the Top 10 World’s Most Improved Airport, according to a United Kingdom-based consultancy who conducts research and reviews on airlines and airports worldwide.

    According to Skytrax the recognition given to the NAIA was “based on the relative year on year quality performance by all airports featured in the World Airport Survey.”

    Skytrax said the airport awards is one of the most prestigious aviation honors, voted for by international air travelers around the world.

    As this developed, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) thanked air travelers for sharing their experience and support of the country’s premier airport. Likewise, the authority also expressed gratitude to the millions of passengers who took time “to share their experience through the survey.”

    “Their testimonies serve as inspiration for us to believe that change is not impossible even in the midst of trials,” MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said.

    Monreal added that the greater recognition goes to the men and women of the MIAA without whose commitment and cooperation NAIA will not be able to achieve its small but meaningful transformation.

    “We are only as good as our last accomplishment. The bigger challenge now is how to sustain it,” Monreal stressed.

    Skytrax website revealed that the survey, which started in August 2017, ended last February 2018. It covered 550 airports worldwide and evaluated the travelers’ experiences across different airport service and product key performance indicators – from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate.

    Skytrax has an airline forum where passengers give potential passengers insights and opinions about an airline. The website also hosts flight reviews, flight checks, and satisfaction surveys. It also holds an annual World Airline Awards and World Airport Awards as well as the ranking for airlines and airports.

    In contrast, the NAIA was voted 5th worst airport in ASIA in 2016 by “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” an on-line information resource for air travelers. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2016/10/19/ph-naia-5th-worst-airport-in-asia/)

    The World’s Most Improved Airports are:

    Fiumicino Airport in Italy, Perth Airport in Australia, Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada, Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan, Athens Airport in Greece, Nadi International Airport in Fiji, Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport in Canada, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, USA, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

     

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    Do not panic…

    March 22nd, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

    Cops on patrol as security at NAIA was heightened ©www.mb.com.ph

    MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said the public need not be alarmed by the heightened alert status at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    Monreal told reporters that the security measures is part of a program designed to protect everyone inside the airport premises like its four terminals and hangars. He said the security program was implemented following reports that some foreign terrorists have recently sneaked into the country through its southern backdoor.

    He added that the MIAA has coordinated with the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) regarding the security measures.

    Baggage screeners (OTS) will conduct thorough inspection only when needed because we do not want to cause inconvenience in the process by creating long lines at the baggage screening checkpoints,” Monreal said.

    Security personnel manning the checkpoints outside the terminals, has conducted random but rigid inspection on motor vehicles. The MIAA has advised the public to obey for their own protection.

    Meanwhile, the Avsegroup led by Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said aviation police personnel nationwide are appealing to the traveling public for cooperation to ensure smooth and safe travel.

    Moreover, he said they also asked the public to also be vigilant and to report to the authorities any unusual activities of suspicious persons roaming around the airports’ terminals.

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    PH Bureau of Customs at NAIA appeals for more importation to increase collection

    March 21st, 2018

    THE newly appointed Bureau of Customs collector at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has appealed to importers to double the volume of their importation to increase the government’s collection of duties and taxes.

    BOC District III Collector Carmelita “Mimel” Talusan issued the appeal in a bid to meet the PhP55 billion annual target collection of the NAIA customs district. She said importers should make twice as much their regular importation or face an intensified tax collection which is too harsh for importers as well as business firms making transactions with the customs bureau at the NAIA.

    Talusan, who formally assumed the NAIA post Monday, expressed optimism that NAIA will be able to reach the PhP4 billion monthly target or this year’s P55 billion target collection.

    Talusan replaced lawyer Vincent Philip Maronilla, who was appointed to the NAIA only last December but was transferred, together with two other collectors, to another port after he failed to meet monthly collection target for the country’s premier airport.

    I’m hoping we will be able to collect the P4 billion monthly target collection assigned to our port,” Talusan told reporters. She added that she already assigned some of her subordinates to deal with importers to encourage them to double their importation.

    The BOC-NAIA relies for its collection on taxable cargoes coming from bonded warehouse such as PairCargo, PAL/Philippine Skylanders Inc., Cargo Haus, Air21, Miascor, DHL, TMW/KM, Central Mail and Exchange Center, as well as the airport Customs Passenger Service, and other sources.

    Talusan stressed that pharmaceutical, gadgets and aircraft parts are among the items that the BoC-NAIA regularly getting the duties and taxes.

    Pharmaceutical items include antibiotics, and other pharmacological and curative items, vitamins and food supplements; the gadgets are Samsung smartphones and tablets; while aircraft parts are mostly engine parts and other things.

    Talusan said other items, albeit not as big as earlier mentioned, also help boost their collection.

    But all of these still brings us short from attaining the assigned target and that is why I am appealing to importers to double their importation, Talusan explained.

    BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, earlier, warned he will replace heads of any port collector who will not perform well.

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    PH government terminating contract with luggage handlers at NAIA for involvement in baggage pilferage

    March 16th, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

    The Ninoy Aquino International Airport © rappler.com

    THE government will not renew its contract with Miascor Aviation Services to service the Ninoy Aquino International Airport following a decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate the agreement after learning that several of its employees were involved in a number of baggage pilfering incident at the country’s premier airport which brought shame to the country.

    This was learned Friday in a joint statement issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

    After careful evaluation of facts surrounding an incident of baggage pilferage involving Miascor’s employees, and in line with the clear directive of President Rodrigo Duterte for Miascor’s contract to be terminated, the DOTr denies the appeal of Miascor, and stands firm in its decision not to renew the company’s contract with the MIAA beyond April 2018,” the DOTr and the MIAA said.

    Moreover, the MIAA added that “the President has also said that he will not entertain any appeal from Miascor Aviation Services.”

    The statement was apparently in response to an appeal letter sent by the 4,000-strong Miascor employees to Pres. Duterte seeking a reconsideration of his decision to abrogate the government’s contract with Miascor as it will affect not only them but their families.

    Two months ago, a returning Filipino worker claimed his luggage was pilfered at Clark International Airport. Five Miascor employees were suspended and placed under investigation in connection with the case.

    But what appears to have broken the camel’s back, so to speak, was when in August 2016, four employees of the said company were arrested for the theft of pieces of jewelry owned by the wife of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was accompanying her husband in an official visit to the country.

    Monreal said the pilferers were obviously in cahoots with other airport employees.

    However, Miascor training and development manager Ritchell Bernardo said they are still hoping President Duterte will soften his stance against Miascor and change his mind.

    It is unfortunate that the actions of six erring employees in Clark International Airport have negatively impacted the company,” Bernardo said.

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    PH aviation authorities lauded for green airport initiative

    March 11th, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

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    THE International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lauded Philippine aviation authorities for promoting the green airport concept and energy efficiency enhancement to reduce airport wide carbon intensity.

    Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio said ICAO Secretary General Fang Lui welcomed the country’s CO2 emissions reduction plan for international aviation, saying “the submission of State Action Plans (SAP) provides an opportunity to establish and showcase strategies to reduce aviation emission.”

    The CAAP’s commitment towards environmental sustainability as well as carbon reduction efforts earned the ICAO executive commendation.

    The SAP is a voluntary planning and reporting tool for States to communicate information on their activities to address international civil aviation’s CO2 emission concerns. It aims for better understanding of the share and projections of international aviation CO2 emissions, enhanced cooperation between all aviation stakeholders that can positively reflect on their operational areas, and the identification of the most relevant mitigation actions.

    It also includes information on activities the Philippines has already undertaken and future mitigation strategies that it wants to meet with regard to CO2 emissions reduction in the sky.

    “These mitigation measures include the development of Bio-Fuel (used cooking oil) as alternative fuel to improve air traffic management and infrastructure that will significantly reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions and the establishment of a performance-based navigation (PBN) system in all public aerodromes which increases airspace capacity, improves aviation safety, and reduces aviation activities’ environmental impact,” the CAAP said.

    Apolonio said, as part of the green airport concept, all frequently used CAAP airports will now be installed with solar power systems to power up office lighting and small equipment as well as runways lights and lighted cones.

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    Honest PH airport worker returns missing wallet stuffed with cash

    March 7th, 2018

     

    By Benjie Vergara

    SO the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is not a den of thieves after all.

    This was confirmed after a lowly security personnel returned a lost wallet full of money to its rightful owner last Tuesday.

    Aviation Operations and Management Specialist (Avomsi) employee Roquita Cuarte returned her find to its rightful owner which contains USD$770 and PhP3,040. The owner of the missing wallet, who was not named, was all praise to Cuarte for her honesty after she handed him his wallet.

    Cuarte said she was able to trace the whereabouts of the wallet owner with the help of airline personnel. She added that the passenger is about to board an Asiana Airlines plane bound for Incheon, South Korea when she found him.

    Avomsi chief Librado Matibag said Cuarte reported to his office that she found a missing wallet stuffed with cash. He added that he directed her to immediately inform the different airline personnel on duty to locate the wallet’s owner.

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    Police nabs allegedly abusive PH airport taxi cab driver

    March 6th, 2018

    By Benjie Vergara

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    NINOY Aquino International Airport policemen on Sunday arrested a taxi d

    river who over charged a passenger for a three minute ride between the airport’s adjacent terminals.

    Bong Ramon Leoligao was then charged with swindling, estafa, unjust vexation at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office for overcharging his passenger who was identified as Suzanne Nagac, an executive assistant of Melody “Mimi” Parrel Pimentel who is allegedly the fashion consultant of President Rodrigo Duterte.

    According to Airport Police Officer II Roderrick Mejia, Nagac flagged down Leoligao’s taxi cab during the wee hours of Friday morning at the NAIA terminal 2. She then asked him to bring her to the adjoining NAIA terminal 3, a journey that would take between 2 to 3 minutes using the NAIA skyway during that time.

    Mejia said that while traversing the MIAA Road, Leoligao asked Nagac to pay PhP600 plus the PhP45.00 skyway toll fee which she should immediately give before they pass the toll gate. He added that Nagac protested the costly fare but the suspect was adamant that she pay him the amount he demanded.

    Fearing further confrontation, Nagac paid the amount upon reaching Terminal 3 where she also managed to jot down the taxi’s registration plate (TKY 962) and report the what happened to the authorities, the policeman added.

    Mejia said that when they try to verify the status of the taxi, it was found out to be unregistered since 2007 and that the taxi’s registration plate number is registered to another vehicle. He added that subsequent police operations led to the arrest of the suspect, who was spotted while waiting for a passenger in Terminal 2 of the NAIA.

    During a face off at the Airport PD intelligence office, Nagac positively identified Leoligao as the taxi driver who harassed and overcharged her.

    Meanwhile, NAIA General Manager Ed Monreal ordered the Airport PD to surveil suspected unscrupulous individuals who were using public vehicles to prey innocent passengers at the airport.

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    Airport authorities to revoke access of delinquent hangar operators?

    March 1st, 2018

    Some NAIA hangars © panoramio.com

    MANILA International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal on Wednesday threatened to revoke the airport access of delinquent hangar operators should they fail to make the necessary payments for the hangars that they leased.

    Monreal issued the warning after noting that some of the hangar owners either failed or refuse to settle on time their obligation as required in their lease contract despite several notices the MIAA has sent. He said if implemented several personnel who are working within the (hangar) area would be affected.

    “The hangar owners have already received several notices regarding their non-payment. And if they still ignore our notices, we will do what is right and what is right for the government,” Monreal told reporters.

    He said the fees that the MIAA may collect from the hangar owners would reach to around PhP100 million.

    “Definitely they have to pay but there are certain legal procedures to follow,” he said, adding that the MIAA has started taking action against them.

    However, Monreal failed to identify how many hangar owners are delinquent in their obligation.
    Monreal also said that as regards the proposed extension of NAIA terminal 2, the MIAA will first have to solve the problem of the Philippine Village Hotel (situated on the land owned by MIAA), which have many legal cases before the MIAA can proceed with other details.

    Meanwhile, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday advised the MIAA to no longer issue identification cards (IDs) to those companies that are delinquent in the payment of their rentals of hangars.

    Alvarez said MIAA should stop issuing IDs so that these delinquent rental leases would not be allowed to enter the hangar areas anymore.

    The Speaker also advised MIAA to refer to the Office of the Solicitor General the case regarding ownership of the Philippine Village Hotel being contested by the Government Service Insurance System and a certain Panlilio.

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    “We only sell quality genuine items” – Duty Free Philippines

    February 19th, 2018

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    THE Duty Free Philippines management on Sunday assured the public that the products they sell are 100 percent genuine and authentic.

    The statement was a reaction to unfounded reports that the DFP is selling fake items.

    “We get our products from abroad and the shoppers need not to worry,” Vicente Pelagio Angala, DFP chief operating officer, said during the DFP’s Fiesta Mall Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday as he assured shoppers that aside from being genuine, the items they bought from DFP stores are of high quality unlike some items being sold online by fraudulent sellers, who intentionally mislead customers by peddling sub-standard products.

    With the volume of goods e-commerce companies handle these days, it is quite difficult to conduct quality checks on each product the online marketing are selling, he observed.

    Angala admitted that not all the online products are in the DFP “but we make sure that whatever we have in store are originals and good quality.”

    In 2016, the DFP earned USD$218 million way below their USD$295 million target. The following year, the DFP also failed to meet their lowered target income of USD$230 million as it only earned USD$213 million, which is even USD$5 million below what they earned in 2016.

    Meanwhile, Angala disclosed without elaborating that the opening of the two new DFP branches at the Mall of Asia and at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 were delayed. He, however, is optimistic that the two branches will open this year and generate more income for the store.

    According to Angala, the DFP’s priority products are chocolates bars, which is 40 percent of the total sales, followed by liquor at 18 percent, perfume and cosmetics at 15 percent, grocery items and appliances at 10 percent. He added Filipinos are the store’s number one customers and that 22 percent of all its clients are tourists.

    He said shoppers, such as regular travelers or “balikbayans” has a USD$1,000 limit, while overseas Filipino workers were given a USD$4,000 limit where they can avail the Kabuhayan Shopping Package offered by the management.

    The DFP management maintained the traditional “Pasalubong pack” where the price ranges from $37 to $38 compared to $25 several years ago, he added.

    “We have also an inflation here. We can’t control it,” Raph Mondragon, DFP logistics division manager said.

    Nevertheless, Mondragon said senior citizens can get 12 percent discounts on selected merchandise or grocery items.

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    Brutalized body of Filipina OFW brought home from Kuwait

    February 16th, 2018

    Joanna Demafelis. Image © CNN Philippines

    THE Kuwaiti government will exert all efforts to bring the murderers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis to justice.

    This was disclosed by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday, in an interview with reporters while waiting for the remains of Demafelis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He said Gulf state’s government was outraged by Demafelis’ murder.

    Demafelis’ body was found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.

    Furthermore, Cayetano said reports from Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa indicated that the initial autopsy revealed that Demafelis was beaten several times before she died. She had broken ribs, internal bleeding, contusions and trauma all over the body, including the pelvis and kidneys, indicating that she was brutalized before being killed.

    Consequently, Cayetano said, due to Demafelis’ death, government agencies will now be more aggressive in protecting OFWs.

    Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano

    “We are now working as a one-team approach from the undersecretary level down to the director level, down to the people on the ground. We’re putting a system of communications with our millions of OFWs abroad due to many cases of abuse,” Cayetano said adding that “Her death was very tragic, but will also be a rallying point for all of the government agencies to be more aggressive abroad in helping OFWs.”

    It will be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte last week said Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours. He issued the statement after Demafelis was found dead.

    “I want them out of (Kuwait), those who want to go out, in 72 hours. We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is suffering and agony, brutality committed against Filipinos,” Duterte, in a press conference, said.

    The Philippines suspended the deployment of workers to Kuwait last January due to the series of questionable deaths of Filipinos there in that Arab state.

    Duterte said the deployment ban will stay until the government is sure that overseas workers are safe in Kuwait, where 103 Filipinos died in 2017, up from 82 the previous year.

    “I am ready to take drastic steps that will help preserve Filipino life and limb. We do not intend to offend any government or anyone. But if a ban is what is needed, then let it be so,” Duterte said.

    “The ban continues today and I don’t know up to what time,” he added.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/02/11/free-airplane-ride-for-ofws-in-kuwait/)

    Demafelis’ battered remains arrived from Kuwait at the country’s premier airport shortly after 10 am. on board Gulf Air flight GF154 with her siblings – sister Jessica and brother Jojjt – who both said their family wants justice. Her body will be flown to Iloilo on Saturday for the wake and burial.

    According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Demafelis’ body may have been stuffed inside the freezer sometime in November 2016, when her employers, a Lebanese who was identified as Nader Essam Assaf and his Syrian wife left Kuwait. Unfortunately, the Gulf state’s police authorities have yet to find them.

    Demafelis body was discovered after a Kuwaiti court ordered the opening of her Lebanese employer’s apartment as he is wanted by the authorities in connection with several cases of check falsification.

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    Free airplane ride for OFWs in Kuwait

    February 11th, 2018

    A Cebu Pacific Air plane taking off Photo © http://www.philippineflightnetwork.com/

    LOW-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air has responded to the recent call of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring home Filipino workers from Kuwait for free by mounting a special chartered flight to the said Gulf state.

    The CEB said it will help the government repatriate Filipino workers from Kuwait by deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft – the largest in its fleet for the charter flight, which has a maximum capacity of 436 passengers.

    Free food and refreshment, as well as baggage allowance for all passengers on this charter flight will be provided, the CEB said.

    However, the CEB disclosed that it is still working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for the final travel arrangements as the airline no longer has regular commercial air service between Manila and Kuwait.

    Duterte, last week, said Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours. He issued the statement after a Filipina domestic helper, Joanna Daniela Demafelis, was found dead, stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.

    “I want them out of (Kuwait), those who want to go out, in 72 hours. We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is suffering and agony, brutality committed against Filipinos,” Duterte, in a press conference, said.

    Image © https://beta.philstar.com

    The Philippines suspended the deployment of workers to Kuwait last January due to the series of questionable deaths of Filipinos there in that Arab state.

    Duterte said the deployment ban will stay until the government is sure that overseas workers are safe in Kuwait, where 103 Filipinos died in 2017, up from 82 the previous year.

    “I am ready to take drastic steps that will help preserve Filipino life and limb. We do not intend to offend any government or anyone. But if a ban is what is needed, then let it be so,” Duterte said.

    “The ban continues today and I don’t know up to what time,” he added.

    Meanwhile, recruitment consultant Manny Geslani said Duterte will make the ban on sending Filipino workers to Kuwait permanent if one more death or a case of maltreatment reaches his office.

    Geslani, at the same time, explained that despite Duterte’s pronouncement, the return of the Filipino workers to the country will not happen overnight as the Department of Labor and Employment will still issue advisories for them to return and leave their employers. He also observed that OFWs will surely think twice if they return home since many of the Filipinos have live contracts either skilled or domestic workers.

    Furthermore, most of their employers might not easily issue exit visas since many skilled workers are important to their business and for the employers of the household service workers who spent much for the entry of the workers will not easily give them up, he added.

    Geslani disclosed that more than 20,000 household service workers (HSWs) which have been issued visas and were awaiting their departure are now stranded in the accommodations of licensed recruitment agencies deploying to Kuwait and the visas of these 20,000 HSWs may soon expire by the end of this month.

    He said recruitment agencies may have to divert these workers to countries receiving HSWs like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and United Arab Emirates while at the same suffering massive losses with their principals who have paid for their services.

    Geslani further said that there will be a massive drop in dollar remittances amounting to over 1.3 billion dollars if the government pushes through with the threat of a permanent deployment ban to Kuwait which has over 270,000 documented workers now in that country.

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    PH Air Traffic Management to be fully ready soon

    January 17th, 2018

    THE Philippines 10.8 billion Communication, Navigation, Surveillance-Air Traffic Management still needs to be fine-tuned to be fully operational before the end of 2018.

    This was disclosed Tuesday by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio saying that fine tuning would take a lot of time but just a few steps from becoming at par with other countries.

    “The fine tuning or “shadowing” started last October. We’re hoping that the system would be fully operational before the end of the year,” Apolonio said in an interview during the inauguration of the CNS-ATM system, which President Rodrigo Duterte led.

    Fine tuning is the process in which parameters of a model must be adjusted very precisely in order to agree with certain observations, or effectiveness.

    Apolonio added that because of the CNS/ATM, the CAAP would be able to monitor 80 percent of the Manila Flight Information Region (FIR) as assigned to the Philippines by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    With President Duterte, other officials who attended the inauguration of the CNS/ATM are Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, other Cabinet officials and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda.

    Later, Duterte, CAAP and other aviation officials made an ocular inspection of the satellite-based computers and communication systems.

    The high-tech equipment, which was partly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), provide safer and more efficient air traffic management flow in the country, and will enable airlines to meet departure and arrival schedules.

    Before, the CAAP only used only three radars (Ninoy Aquino International Airport 1, Clark, and Tagaytay) in managing the country’s air traffic. As a result, it could only cover 30 percent of Philippine air space.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2016/12/12/ph-air-traffic-control-to-be-modernized-next-year/ )

    From three radars, the CAAP put up 10 additional radars in Aparri, Laoag, Cebu-Mt Majic, Quezon-Palawan, Zamboanga, NAIA 2, Mactan, Bacolod, Kalibo and Davao, which the agency said will now be able to cover 70 percent of Philippine air space.

    Out of the 13 radars, five are en route radars while the rest are terminal radars.

    The completion of the state-of-the-art computer and satellite-based air traffic system, was delayed for two years and it was only prioritized when President Duterte came into office, the CAAP said.
    Sydiongco added the new system will be more effective with the introduction of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and the Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).

    The CNS/ATM will be able to cover 100 percent of the remaining oceanic airspace, hence increasing air traffic safety and capacity in the oceanic region of the Manila FIR.

    The new system works by sending satellite signals to aircraft transponders and by using transponder transmissions to determine precise locations of aircraft in the sky.

    The next generation satellite-based CNS/ATM would be able to reduce air traffic congestion and it will be more efficient, according to CAAP.

    The advantage of the new system, it is more precise and have a wider coverage, and those not covered by it would be taken over by satellites.

    The new system will introduce Air Traffic Flow Management and Air Space Management functions, which optimize the use of airport capacity thus minimizing delays and allowing more flexible and user-preferred air route selection.

    The CNS/ATM would enhance the tracking and billing of all overflights, as well as international and domestic flights, from which the CAAP derives its air navigation charges.

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