Defective genset batteries cause NAIA power outage

admin   •   April 6, 2016   •   2982

Defective generator set battery that caused power outage at NAIA Terminal 3 last Saturday.

Defective generator set battery that caused power outage at NAIA Terminal 3 last Saturday.

Defective generator set batteries were the cause of brownout at NAIA last Saturday.

To prevent recurrence of the incident, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has allowed Meralco access to some of the airport facilities.

Ten generator sets of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 have been replaced with new sets of batteries.

This is after MIAA discovered that the brownout last Saturday was due to the gensets’ defective batteries.

Nine of the 10 gensets functioned properly last Saturday. However, the battery of genset 2, that supplies electricity to most of the vital facilities at the airport, failed.

Among the affected areas were the entrance of the departure hall; screening equipment at the entrance; baggage handling system; check in lobby and the immigration counters.

The MIAA claimed full responsibility and cleared Meralco from any liability.

The MIAA also extends its apologies to the affected passengers.

Though it was still possible for some flights to carry on, the airline companies preferred to cancel flights so as not to affect their schedule for the following day.

For precautionary reasons, Meralco and MIAA made an agreement to address the problem.

Meralco has no jurisdiction over the facilities of MIAA but the latter allowed Meralco to check their gensets and power lines to ensure that they are working well.

Meralco will place a smart switcher at NAIA Terminal 3 for immediate response in case such problem recurs.

Meralco is confident that the incident will not happen again with the help of a smart switcher.

Meralco will release its report on the state of the gensets and the power supply in Terminal 3 after they have completed their inspection.

NAIA passengers urged to sanitize, observe cough etiquette

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020

Passengers wearing face masks who arrived from Guangzhou, China lineup for immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, 22 January 2020. According to media reports, at least nine people have died and more than 400 people are confirmed infected by a new respiratory virus which was first detected in Wuhan, China. The virus, called the coronavirus, can be passed between humans and has spread to the USA, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has ordered terminal managers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to ensure availability at all times of hand sanitizers in all of its four terminals.

During a press briefing on Friday (January 24), the Bureau of Quarantine stressed that it is important to practice good hand hygiene as it is still the best way to protect oneself from acquiring any virus such as the novel coronavirus.

Proper hand hygiene includes hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash.

Likewise, the Bureau also emphasized the strict practice of cough etiquette which includes covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing preferably with disposable tissue.

Proper disposal of the used tissue is further advised.

It is also advised to strengthen one’s immune system by drinking lots of fluid and eating healthy meals.

Meanwhile, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal expressed the agency’s full support to the Bureau of Quarantine in its efforts to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“We always recognize each other’s mandates. In this situation, we defer to the Bureau of Quarantine and will submit to their guidelines,” Monreal said.

Quarantine officers are provided with a space for their examination booth located in areas accessible to an exit to the tarmac in case of need to transfer suspected cases to designated hospitals.

MIAA will also provide writing desks for passengers especially those from China to fill-out the health declaration card.

Monreal also ordered terminal police chiefs to strictly sanitize quarantine areas from other airport personnel including the members of media.

PH immigration denies entry to Mongolian, Briton at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have recently barred a Mongolian woman and a Briton from entering the Philippines.

Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina said they barred the entry of a Mongolian woman who is wanted for beating her husband, and is a suspected terrorist from the United Kingdom.

The Mongolian woman, identified as 33-year old Unurjargal Altantsetseg, was intercepted last Friday upon her arrival at the Mactan, Cebu International Airport from Incheon, South Korea.

Medina said the woman is a subject of a red notice issued by the Interpol in April 2019 due to a case of assault and maltreatment that was lodged against her before a court in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.  

He added the battery case stemmed from an incident that happened on March 9, 2019, wherein Altantsetseg allegedly beat her husband during an argument, which resulted in the victim becoming blind and sustaining serious physical injuries.

Meanwhile, Medina said that a 51-year-old Briton was denied entry last week at the NAIA Terminal 3 after they received information regarding the unidentified Briton’s alleged terrorist links.

“Intelligence information received from foreign counterparts described him as being associated with a known terrorist group or being involved in terrorist activity, thus he was included in our alert list,” Medina said.

Both passengers were issued exclusion orders and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin.

Liquid marijuana worth P700k seized from warehouses at NAIA – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Some 330 cartridges of liquid marijuana were seized from various warehouses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the BOC said the drug cartridges, which were confiscated from air cargo parcels, were estimated to worth P700,000.

Customs personnel examining the air parcels initially discovered a total of 11 packages containing liquid marijuana.

The bureau said it coordinated the seizure of drugs with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

The cartridges of liquid marijuana were then turned over to PDEA for further investigation of its consignees and senders.

The BOC stressed that the importation of “hempseed” and “Cannabidiol” is still considered illegal and may be subject to seizure pursuant to the provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

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