CAAP: 3 major airlines commit to aid evacuation of Filipinos from Middle East
Robie de Guzman • January 10, 2020 • 440
MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday that three airlines in the country have pledged their commitment to provide aid to Filipino workers in the Middle East who may be repatriated should tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.
In a statement, CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco identified these airlines as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia.
“Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have agreed to accommodate free of charge stranded Filipinos in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) or in any of its available Middle East flights, once the plans for the repatriation has been outlined. Air Asia on the other hand has agreed to the possible allocation and free accommodation of repatriated Filipinos that need to go back to their respective provinces in their domestic flights,” Sydiongco said.
CAAP said the airlines made the commitment after they met with officials from the Department of National Defense, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Transportation to draft plans for the possible evacuation of Filipinos affected by the current US-Iran tension.
The same meeting also mapped-out actions currently being undertaken by concerned government agencies, as well as future strategies that the government will initiate should the events in the Middle East escalate, in order to secure the safety of Filipinos there.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, said the air sector guarantees the swift and effective implementation of the repatriation plan.
“When needed, our aviation sector, and the whole of DOTr, will fully support the government’s efforts in this repatriation. We will ensure that there will be no delays in getting our OFWs home and safe,” Tugade said.
CAAP likewise expressed readiness to comply with the government’s requirements to facilitate air movement.
“CAAP will be doing its part and will be more than willing to support air operations that will ensure the safety of the Filipino people in this crucial time,” Sydiongco said.
Todong paghahanda ang ginagawa ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) para sa inaasahang pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga paliparan sa Western Visayas sa June 16.
Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng mga paliparan, papayagan na rin ang commercial flights bagama’t limitado lang ang kapasidad nito.
Ngayong Lunes, nagsagawa ng simulation ang CAAP sa Roxas Airport sa Capiz para sa mga bagong protocol na ipatutupad sa paliparan.
Kabilang na dito ang pag-check sa temperature ng lahat ng papasok sa pasilidad; pagsusuot ng face mask, pagpapatupad ng physical distancing at malimit na disinfection upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Magpapatupad rin ng non-contact system para sa security check; at maglalagay ng decontamination areas, hand-washing spaces at foot baths sa airport terminals at parking areas.
Kahalintulad na hakbang rin ang planong ipatupad sa Godofredo P. Ramos Airport sa Aklan, Evelio Javier Airport sa Antique, at sa Iloilo International Airport.
Sa Bacolod-Silay Airport naman, ilang thermal scanners na ang inilagay upang mas mabilis ang pagkuha ng temperatura sa mga pasahero.
Gagawin ring regulated ang flights upang maiwasan ang crowding o pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa airport terminals.
Ayon sa CAAP, isang simulation rin ang isasagawa nila bukas ng umaga sa Kalibo International Airport.
Sinabi ng ahensya na ang bagong prosesong ito ay upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng COVID-19 cases lalo na at inaasahan ang paguwi ng maraming overseas Filipino workers na sumailalim sa quarantine pati na ng mga residenteng inabutan ng community quarantine sa ibang lugar.
Simula noong June 1, nasa ilalim na ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ang ilang lugar sa Western Visayas, kabilang na ang Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental at Bacolod City.
Sa ilalim ng MGCQ, pinapayagan na ang pagbubukas ng mas maraming negosyo at opisina ngunit limitado lamang ang operasyon at workforce at dapat ay nakakasunod sa minimum helath standards na itinakda ng pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with several government agencies and various domestic airlines, have joined forces to ferry more than 10,000 foreign tourists from different parts of the country to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport.
This measure is aimed at assisting these foreign tourists who were stranded in the country due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to be able to go back to their respective countries.
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this will help lessen the stranded tourists in the various islands in the country.
“The Department of Tourism has been doing everything within its resources to ease the congestion in the different regions by facilitating the movement of foreign tourists stranded in the different islands of the country,” Puyat said in a statement.
Over the weekend, 7,915 tourists were brought to the two airports through the sweeper flights of different domestic airlines, such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Air Swift, as well as chartered flights.
DOT regional offices also assisted the stranded tourists in Luzon via land transport.
The Philippine Coast Guard, on the other hand, helped ferry those in Bohol, Siquijor, Negros, and Cebu through inter-island vessels.
Shuttle services and hotel accommodations were arranged for several stranded tourists who were also given free foods and hygienic items while waiting for their flights at the NAIA.
Other sweeper flights were also used for those in Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cagayan de Oro.
Three more sweeper flights are also being prepared for the others in Davao and Puerto Princesa to be transported on Thursday (March 26).
Two sweeper flights are also scheduled for tourists on Boracay island for transportation on Thursday, and four more over the weekend. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
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