MIAA seeks solution to pilferage inside Manila airports

admin   •   April 24, 2015   •   3887

FILE PHOTO: NAIA Arrival Area (Marlon Briola / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: NAIA Arrival Area (Marlon Briola / Photoville International)

Manila, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority or MIAA will try to fix the problem of pilferage inside Manila airports.

Even though handling baggage is the sole responsibility of the airline company, MIAA will still try to help affected passengers

MIAA Public Relations Officer Dave De Castro said, “Upon check-in, it’s the sole and exclusive responsibility of the airlines. If passengers complain of lost items in their baggage we encourage them to file a complaint against the airline.”

Airport officials explained the process of how baggage is transported on and off the airplane.

Before a baggage is taken to the plane, it has to go through four stages from the check-in counter to the baggage build up area. Subcontractor employees of airline companies work here. MIAA said that, unlike in developed countries, baggage handling in the Philippines needs human intervention due to lack of modern facilities.

The subcontracted employees of airline companies personally handle checked-in baggage of passengers to the unit load device or ULD.

CCTV cameras monitor the baggage build up area and other places in the airport but the number of CCTV’s is not enough to cover all corners of the airport.

Some subcontracted employees said that their companies are enforcing measures to prevent them from committing pilferage.

Baggage loader Leomar Libradilla shared, “Wearing of vests is being implemented. We are required to wear pants and safety shoes without pockets to prevent us from stuffing things into it.”

From the ULD, the baggage will be transferred to the plane; this is the process in the departure and even in the arrival area. However, the baggage is on stand by for hours at the departure area and inside the plane.

De Castro said “we’re looking into possibilities in the check-in since the bags would be there for a couple of hours before they are made to be placed inside the aircraft. And then in the arrival area it only takes around 15 to 20 minutes.”

To date, the six baggage loaders involved in pilferage, who are subcontracted employees of airline companies, are still under investigation. (Mon Jocson/UNTV News)

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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