PAL implements business restructuring, retrenchment program for 300 staff

Maris Federez   •   February 29, 2020   •   632

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines is streamlining its business as it implements “voluntary separation” and retrenchment of some 300 ground-based employees and management staff.

This comes after the country’s flag carrier incurred losses in 2019 and the current travel restrictions and flight suspensions to several areas affected by COVID-19 outbreak.

PAL said that the program covers voluntary separation initiative for long-serving employees and a retrenchment process that pared off about 300 ground-based administrative and management personnel from its workforce, effective February 28.

In a statement released on Friday, PAL said that all of them “will receive appropriate separation benefits, additional trip pass privileges, and assistance in the form of career counseling and outplacement support.”

The airline further said that it has also optimized its route network and offered ancillary products in a bid to raise revenues, and take on “more aggressive” efforts to reduce operational costs to raise additional revenues.

The country’s biggest flag carrier also said that it increased its authorized capital stock from P13 Billion up to P30 Billion, as part of its transformation to sustainable profitability and higher competitiveness this February as it resets its targets and aimed to be more profitable for the rest of 2020.

While campaigning its plans for the whole year, PAL said the company continues on managing the risks related to the COVID-19 situation as its part in promoting public health and safety.

PAL brought home the 445 Filipino crewmembers and tourists of the corona virus-contaminated cruise ship Diamond Princess of the Sea from Japan to Manila this week. The airline also carried out repatriation flights from Wuhan City, China. — /mbmf

Filipinos abroad with COVID-19 now at 9,607 – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2020

The number of Filipinos overseas who have contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has increased to 9,607 with 10 new infections, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

In its latest bulletin, the DFA said 28 more Filipinos have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 5,681.

The death toll remained at 693, it added.

“As we continue to battle against this pandemic, the DFA rallies the Filipinos here and abroad to cooperate and responsibly adhere to precautionary measures of the local health authorities of the respective countries in which they reside,” the department said in a statement.

The DFA also reported that 3,233 are undergoing treatment.

Of this number, 254 are in the Asia Pacific Region, 512 in Europe, 2,327 in the Middle East and Africa, and 140 in the Americas, it added.

Mandaluyong LGU puts city under special concern lockdown

Maris Federez   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Mandaluyong has put all barangays in the city under special concern lockdown amid the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila.

Eleven barangays in the city are classified as areas of special concern by the local government due to high cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

But with the reversion of the National Capital Region (NCR) to MECQ on Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Mandaluyong government decided to put the whole city on special concern lockdown.

Mandaluyong’s Executive Order (EO) No 24 stated that under special concern lockdown, stricter curfew measures will be implemented from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Only individuals classified as Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) will be allowed to go out.

The city government is also mulling over applying the previous MECQ guidelines anew, such as on scheduling market days in every barangay.

With the start of the curfew on Tuesday night, the local government advises those who work on graveyard shifts to secure a work pass from their employers.  

“Yung mga work passes kasi ang requirements lang naman niyan per barangay is to ahow to the barangay their ano certificate of employment. para atleast kahit papaano, makapasok sila sa trabaho nila,” said Jimmy Isidro, the Mandaluyong City government chief of staff.

The city government is also considering enforcing liquor ban in the area anew during the MECQ.

Employees at the Mandaluyong City Hall are also on a skeleton workforce to receive documents and transactions as business in the city is open as usual. — (with details from Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

PAL cancels regular scheduled domestic flights from Aug. 4 to 18

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — In line with the government-imposed modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) cancelled all its regular scheduled domestic flights to and from Manila from August 4 to 18.

Meanwhile, all domestic flights between Clark, Cebu, Davao and cities other than Manila are not affected and shall remain operational, according to PAL.

International flights to and from Manila shall continue to operate, subject to further guidelines from the authorities in line with quarantine capacity and related arrangements.

Passengers of affected flights have the  options to rebook, refund or convert their ticket into a travel voucher, PAL said.

“We seek the understanding and full cooperation of our passengers as we make these necessary changes to comply with the government directives, and above all to support public safety,” the company asked its clients.

For updates and inquiries, PAL encourages its clients to visit its website at www.philippineairlines.com.  

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