MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) NAIA on Tuesday, March 16, donated various educational gadgets and other school supplies to the Department of Education (DepEd) in support of the Department’s Bridge Program.
The donation of abandoned goods consists of flash drives, cellphones, 74 V7 monitors, 50 Fuji Xerox Multifunction Printers, Laptops , Routers, 14 ZTE Pocket WIFI, Lenovo Tablet, Computer Monitors, school bags, educational books, and children school shoes. In his statement Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero expressed the continuing support of the BOC to the DepEd.
“We understand the needs of the students especially during this time that education is hindered by the threat of COVID-19. We will continue to support DepEd’s programs to provide quality education to our students,” he said.
For her part Secretary Briones thanked the Bureau for its continuous support to DepEd and the Department’s Bridge and Distant Learning Program.
She also shared that the first donation of BOC consisting of mobile phones and laptops are now being distributed to schools in far flung areas.
Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko on the other hand expressed hope that the devices and goods turned over to the DepEd would help address the digital gap and ensure continuous education, promoting the utmost welfare of learners and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has imposed a cap on all international inbound arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The directive allows only a maximum of 1,500 passenger arrivals per day from March 18 to April 18.
To comply with the restriction, airlines will need to cancel a number of international flights as they are advised to adhere to the directives from the Bureau of Immigration on the travelers that will be allowed entry into the country within the same one month period.
“Airlines operating in NAIA that will exceed the allowed capacity will be meted with the appropriate penalty,” CAB warned.
The directive is in pursuant to the Joint Memorandum Circular signed in January this year by CAB with Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
MANILA, Philippines — The upgraded runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can now be used for domestic flights following its yearlong rehabilitation.
The runway will also aid the swift delivery of vaccines in the country.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) led the inauguration of the rehabilitated and upgraded runway 13/31 in NAIA on Tuesday (February 16).
The department was able to finish the repair and overlay of the runway which include the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas and the entire runway to assure the aircraft’s safe landing and take off.
Apart from the upgraded runway, a newly-constructed taxiway was also inaugurated to manage air traffic and to address aircraft congestion on the ground.
According to MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal, this will also benefit the anticipated volume arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country that is expected to happen this month.
GM Monreal cited that prior to the construction of the new taxiway it takes more than an hour before an aircraft could take off on runway 13/31, but now it could possibly take only about 30 minutes with the new taxiway.
“Dati kasi ang nga flights kasi galing Terminal 3 at Terminal 2 pag nagtake-off po sa domestic runway yung maiiksi natin umiikot sila hanggang dulo sa harap ng Terminal 4,” Monreal said.
“Ngayon hindi na sila iikot doon. Mayroon tayong parang tinatawag na bypass taxiway na para pagdating dun sa area na yun kakaliwa sila derecho take off na so hindi na maabala yung movement ng terminal 4,” he added.
The construction of the runway was conducted during the strict quarantine that is why flight operations were not hampered.
Meanwhile, airport officials also completed the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 2 to accomodate more passengers.
“So lumuwag po ang departure area, pre-departure area ng International area. Sa labas naman makikita ninyo meron tayong extra space na nakuha para magamit ng mga pasahero na aalis ng bansa. Lumaki yung check in counter. Nakadagdag tayo ng security screening kasi dati yun ang nagiging reklamo na medyo mahaba ang pila sa labas,” Monreal noted.
Although the rehabilitation was completed, MIAA said that bidding for the upgrade of terminals is yet to be decided. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
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