MIAA and LTFRB to impose stiffer penalties for “colorum” and abusive taxi drivers at NAIA

admin   •   August 8, 2017   •   6375

MANILA, Philippines — “Colorum” taxis and abusive taxi drivers are the common problems passengers face at the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on the figures of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the airport police apprehend about 400 abusive cab drivers and two colorum taxis every month.

This prompted the MIAA to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising or Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in stopping the illegal activities that taint the image of the Philippines.

Through an agreement signed by the two agencies, the LTRFRB and MIAA will tighten the monitoring of taxis conveying passengers from NAIA.

Taxi drivers found contracting passengers, as well those driving colorum cabs will face heavier penalties.

From the previous P1,000 fine on drivers of colorum taxis, it will now increase to P120,000 and three-month suspension, similar to what the LTRFRB imposes on other areas in Metro Manila.

In the past, cab drivers were banned from entering NAIA if found contracting fares from passengers. This time, violators will be prohibited from operating in the entire vicinity of the airport.

“So that when our compatriots or tourists arrive here, they would see that our airports are really show windows. I hope this abusive taxi drivers would stop, because we will not tolerate them,” MIAA general manager, Eddie Monreal said.

Earlier, the LTFRB deployed eight traffic law enforcers at NAIA and immediately inspected all the cabs parked at the airport.

The LTFRB and MIAA appealed to passengers anew to stop patronizing colorum and abusive taxi drivers operating at NAIA.

When encountering such drivers, authorities advice passengers to immediately report them to LTFRB or to the airport police and traffic law enforcers deployed at the airport.

LTFRB chairman, Atty. Martin Delgra III said, “When your rights are being abused, assert your right so the abusive cab driver will also be shocked. Because many of those who have been victimized have not asserted their rights.”

For any complaints or information about the matter, the public may coordinate with transport and airport authorities via the hotline numbers or social media accounts of LTRFB and MIAA. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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P15M worth of misdeclared high-end goods seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of high-end branded goods that were misdeclared as personal effects was recently apprehended at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment, which consisted of bags, shoes, wallets and other luxury goods was valued at P15 million.

The items included high-end brands like Chanel, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga bags, shoes, wallets, and earrings.

The bureau said that the shipment was fraudulently declared as personal effects, consisting of shampoo, soap, towels, toiletries, canned goods, milk and chocolates, packed in 17 cartons. It was shipped from Milano, Italy through RRG Freight Service Forwarder in Paicargo Warehouse.

A physical examination of the subject shipment confirmed that it actually consists of high-end goods in commercial quantities.

The BOC said the misdeclaration is an apparent attempt to evade payment of correct duties and taxes by circumventing duty and tax free privileges afforded to balikbayan boxes.

According to Port of NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan, the shipment will be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the CMTA.

The records and details of the apprehension shall be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for case profiling and build up against the personalities involved in the foiled smuggling.

3 alleged human trafficking victims intercepted at NAIA – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three people suspected of being victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment have been intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Monday.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division acting chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were stopped last week before they could board their flights to the Middle East and Europe.

Medina said one of the victims was bound for Dubai while the two others were destined for Greece, all of them showing intentions to work illegally as undocumented workers.

According to BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), the Dubai-bound passenger was intercepted last 25 July 2020 after the immigration officer noticed that the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) was not cleared and validated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration – Labor Assistance Center (POEA-LAC) desk at the NAIA.

Verification with the POEA-LAC later revealed that the said OEC was tampered as it was issued to someone else and not to the said passenger.

The victim then admitted that her trip was processed by her handlers and that her documents were only given to her when she arrived at the airport.

The BI-TCEU also reported that the two Greece-bound passengers who were intercepted last Saturday, August 2, likewise presented fraudulent travel documents, including fake OECs and local employment certificates.

The bureau said that upon interview, they confessed that their documents were only handed to them at the airport. They also said they were recruited to work in Athens by their handlers to whom they each paid P95,000 in return for facilitating their trip and processing their documents.

“Thanks to the vigilance of our primary inspectors for foiling these attempts by human trafficking syndicates to sneak their victims out of the country,” Medina said.

The victims were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation, according to the bureau.

4 foreign destinations require travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 test result

Marje Pelayo   •   July 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advises passengers coming from the Philippines of the additional requirements that some foreign destinations require.

Starting Tuesday (July 21), the following international destinations will ask incoming passengers from the Philippines to present a COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) negative-test result/ certification:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea

The MIAA reminds passengers that only certifications issued by the respective airline’s accredited testing institutions will be accepted before travelers are allowed to board flights.

The agency advises all affected passengers to get in touch with their respective airline carriers to get the details on the implementation of the new regulation.

Passengers without the required negative PCR test certification may not be allowed to check-in for their flights even if they have confirmed bookings.

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