Travelers to Phl reminded to register to One Health Pass

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2021   •   1785

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) reminds travelers to present their One Health Pass QR Code prior to boarding their flights to Manila, Laoag, or Davao.

This policy is in compliance with the requirements of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To get the QR code, passengers need to accomplish the One Health Pass Declaration Form (e-HDC).  The portal will require the registrant to submit personal information, health status, and travel history. The forms should be filled out individually including a child.

The process of registration is as follow:

Step 1 To be accomplished at any time on or before the departure date:
Register through https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC and completely fill out all required fields. Upon filling out the form, please ensure to save a copy of the unique transaction number, which will be needed at the airport in order to accomplish Step 2 to complete the e-HDC registration.

Step 2: To be accomplished at the airport, prior to boarding the flight to the Philippines:
Before boarding the flight, answer the form at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC by entering the acquired unique transaction number to retrieve the traveler’s record. Upon completing all the information, a unique QR code will be provided which is necessary to present before boarding and upon arrival.

All information shared in the One Health Pass is collected and processed solely by the Bureau of Quarantine.

The One Health Pass website is independent of PAL and PAL has no control over the said website.

For inquiries or more information, travelers may directly coordinate with the BOQ at helpdeskboq@gmail.com.

No layoffs amid filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — PAL

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) assured its employees that no one will be affected by the company’s filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States on Saturday (September 4).

PAL said the current COVID-19 pandemic has been a big blow to the company’s operations.

At present, PAL’s clients have been reduced to 7 million last year compared with 30 million passengers in 2019 before the pandemic and only 21% of its operations are active.

“The reality of the pandemic is still on us, and the only caveat to my statement that we will no longer have additional job cuts is we hope the pandemic does not become worst and that we can actually recover,” said Gilbert Santa Maria, president and CEO of PAL.

PAL said the government’s repatriation program and deliveries of COVID-9 vaccine somehow helped maintain its fleet running.

PAL was able to refund about $4 million from the government as aerodrome fees.

For its part, Malacañang said the government assured assistance to the flag carrier amid its ordeal.

“So na-confirm ko na po na marami na pong mga charges ang winaive ng gobyerno at kasama na po dito iyong mga landing fees at saka iyong mga aerodrome fees,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

PAL said once the US court decides on their application for Chapter 11, the company will immediately file its rehabilitation plan here in the Philippines under Republic Act 10142 or the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) of 2010.

PAL also assures it will continue its services and clients may still refund their tickets if they wish to. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

‘Business as usual’ as PAL undergoes financial restructuring

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, assures that it will continue to fly and to serve its customers as the company undergoes financial restructuring.

“We will continue to fly and to serve our customers throughout this process:  it is business as usual for us,” PAL said in a statement released on Sunday (Sept. 5).

“PAL continues to increase domestic and international flights as travel demand recovers with the easing of travel restrictions, and we will roll out new products and services that help make flying safer and more convenient,” the statement added.

PAL further assures that its highest priority is the safety and health of its passengers, its employees, and the communities it serves.

“Nothing about that will change as we undergo restructuring,” it said.

On September 3, Philippine Airlines announced the voluntary decision to undergo financial restructuring under the U.S. Chapter 11 process.

Chapter 11 is a globally recognized U.S. legal process that many airlines have used to reinvent themselves into more successful companies.

“This step is part of a set of major agreements PAL has reached with substantially all of our stakeholders, and with one objective:  to build a stronger Philippine Airlines so that we can serve our customers better and continue our mission as a full-service airline and flag carrier of the Philippines,” the airline company said.

The restructuring will enable PAL to emerge with fresh capital, lower debt, and a sturdier financial foundation for the future.

PAL also expressed its gratitude to the public for its support for the company’s recovery and revival.

“After 80 years of flying the Philippine flag, we recognize that our nation will look up to PAL to sustain the links and connections that unite our island country and bring life to our communities and economy,” it said.

“We pledge to work harder to earn your continuing support, to deliver buong pusong alaga (whole-hearted care) and provide a beacon of hope to Filipinos and travelers from all over the world,” it further stated.

One Health Pass offers convenience to arriving travellers to PH — BOQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino and foreign travelers arriving in the Philippines are encouraged to use the One Health Pass system which automates all processes such as medical declaration and quarantine procedures prior to arrival.

On Monday (August 30), Bureau of Quarantine (BOC) Director Roberto Salvador Jr. said the system has yielded some positive feedback from registrants in its two-week trial run specifically because the processing time for arrival passengers has been shortened.

“Maganda po ang turnout ng pilot natin [sa One Health Pass]. More than 2 weeks po tayong nagta-trial, ngayon po ay umakyat na po tayo sa more than 80% ang nagko-comply na mag-register,” Salvador said adding that since the portal is user-friendly, traveling to the Philippines has been made even more convenient.

Arriving travelers may log in to the OneHealthPass portal three days before arrival to the Philippines.

A transaction number and a QR code will be provided which the traveler may present upon arrival in the Philippines.

“Within 3 days po before mag-travel sa Pilipinas, mag-log in na po sa onehealthpass.com.ph natin para makakuha kayo ng transaction number,” the official said.

“Then 24 hours po or kapag nasa airport na kayo, bago mag-board, dapat po i-fill up naman ang health declaration checklist,” he added.

Upon arrival, travelers would need to attend an orientation and get an immigration clearance, before heading to their quarantine hotel.

Once they finish quarantine, they will receive their COVID-19 test result and quarantine certificate.

The OneHealthPass system, then, will notify their local government of destination as proof that the travelers have been cleared.

“Marami na po tayong magagandang nakukuhang feedback galing po sa mga umuwi nating mga OFW,” Director Salvador said.

“Nakikiusap kami sa mga gustong kumuha ng yellow card na kung maaari po, ang kukuha lang muna ay ang mga paalis na, may mga OEC na, o ‘yung mga may ticket na po,” he said.

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