DOTr orders 24/7 construction of Sangley airport

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019   •   4143

Danilo Atienza Air Base or Sangley Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that it is now taking measures to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley airport in Cavite to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a post on its Facebook page, the DOTr said that the 24/7 construction of Sangley airport has already been ordered by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, as well as the hiring of additional manpower and the implementation of the extended working hours.

The additional equipment will also be infused beginning Thursday, June 13.

TUGADE ORDERS 24/7 CONSTRUCTION OF SANGLEY AIRPORT Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, 11 June 2019

“Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. Kailangan matapos ‘yan on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said in a statement.

The President earlier ordered the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley port in Cavite to reduce the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

Duterte was also reported to be considering a revamp of airport officials following reports on flight delays and cancellations in NAIA last weekend.

READ: Palace: Duterte eyes revamp of airport officials

The DOTr said that in compliance with the directive for the accelerated construction of the Sangley airport, a task force has been formed.

Its members include representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), the ferry system and the project contractor.

According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, critical developments in the project are well underway, including the construction of runway, apron, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), its power supply, drainage system, and site development.

Lopez said that the DOTr will be working closely with CAAP on the project’s civil works aspect “so that the support facilities can be immediately incorporated for the airport to commence operations at the soonest time possible.”

A synchronization matrix will also be submitted as a guide for monitoring.

The agency added that an ocular was also held on the possible site of the ferry station. The project’s contractor was given two months to build the port, according to regulations of the Philippine Ports Authority, CAAP, PAF, and the Philippine Navy.

Tugade earlier mentioned the testing of ferries that can operate from Mall of Asia to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.

The DOTr said that the contractor is expected to submit a weekly report on the project’s progress.

A weekly site inspection will also be undertaken to closely monitor the construction progress.

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.

SWS: Duterte’s satisfaction rating hits new record-high

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating has reached a new record high, according to the recent survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the 4th Quarter 2019 SWS Survey, Duterte got a 72% excellent net satisfaction rating, which is seven points higher compared to his September rating of 65%.

Malacañang welcomed the survey result saying President Duterte still has the support of the people.

“This means that the President has the support of the people, for which he is very thankful. But more than that, the people support him because they feel his legacy of real change,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

BI braces for heavy congestion at airports during Chinese New Year

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2020

A thermal scanner monitors all arriving passengers inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 10 September 2014. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said it is expecting a heavy volume of passengers in the country’s airports, especially at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), during the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said they are expecting a 10 to 15 percent increase in departures during the Chinese New Year which will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25.

“Last year we saw a 14% increase in departures, this year the increase might be more or less the same,” he said in a statement.

“We are expecting a surge of Chinese residents in the Philippines who wish to spend the Chinese New Year abroad. It may result to heavy congestion of our airports, which could be avoided if they process and pay their fees before heading to the airport,” he added.

The BI said the Philippines is host to tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants and non-immigrants. In 2018 alone, a total of 1.3 M Chinese citizens were recorded to have entered the country.

In order to avoid long queues at immigration counters in NAIA, the bureau urged foreign travelers to process their re-entry fees at any of its offices before proceeding to the airport.

Under Philippine immigration policies, foreign nationals who are registered holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas are required to pay exit and re-entry permits every time they leave the country.

Official receipts of their re-entry permit fees should be presented before they are cleared for departure.

“We expect that the surge could congest our immigration cashiers, hence we are appealing to registered aliens to pre-pay their fees to avoid the congestion,” Medina said.

The BI said that reentry fees can be paid at its main office in Manila and at immigration field, satellite and extension offices nationwide.

“The BI has almost 60 offices nationwide that may cater to this need. It’s a very quick process, which will only take a few minutes. We also have offices located in malls and other convenient locations,” he said.

“Coming to the airport with the receipt at hand makes processing faster, allowing departing aliens to avoid the rush and relax before their flight,” he added.

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