Tugade eyes Sangley Airport construction to be done by September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 27, 2019   •   1147

Danilo Atienza Air Base or Sangley Airport

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said it is possible to finish the construction of the Sangley Airport by September.

The contractor already increased their personnel and construction will be done 24/7.

“Sabi ng pangulo November. Habulin natin ng November but knowing me [it will be] September, pinapa-advance ko (The president said November. We will aim for November but knowing me, it will be September. I advanced the deadline),” according to Tugade.

Based on the contractor’s report, the airport’s drainage is already 70 percent complete, while the passenger terminal building is only 40 percent complete.

Once the construction is finished, several domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be transferred to Sangley Airport. This is the government’s solution to decongest NAIA.

Meanwhile, according to Philippine Airlines Inc. officer-in-charge Vivienne Tan, they are still unsure as to how many or which flights will be transferred.

“What we will do is to do a careful study, of course, we would really support the government on decongesting our airport traffic,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Students’ exemption from PH airport terminal fees to begin August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that beginning August 1, students will no longer have to pay terminal fees at all airports owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the DOTr said a memorandum circular stipulating the waving of terminal fees for students has been signed by CAAP director general Jim Syndiongco.

LOOK: ‘MALASAKIT,’ AS PROMISED!Starting tomorrow, 01 August 2019, students will be exempted from paying terminal fees…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

This policy applies to students who are currently enrolled in preschool to college, including in trade, arts, technical and vocational schools and training centers.

“Qualified students who will avail of the exemption shall apply for a student exemption certificate at Malasakit Help Desks located in airports,” the DOTr said.

Student passengers with flights starting August 1, 2019 and purchased tickets previously within a period of one year may “seek for refund of the terminal fee that was integrated into their airline tickets purchased at point of sale or online.”

The DOTr said refund may be claimed in all Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports.

“All Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports shall serve as refund counters until such time the airlines are able to facilitate the exemption in their booking system,” it said.

The DOTr earlier announced that students would get free rides from government-operated railway lines and exemption from terminal fees in seaports and airports across the country.

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees

The agency said this initiative is part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

DOJ, DOTr discuss immigration issues at airports

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (Dotr) discussed on Tuesday (July 23) immigration issues at airports.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has suggested providing a rapid response or strike force composed of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) personnel who will undergo training.

These personnel will assist in immigration procedures without compromising security.

Tugade also suggested additional e-gates and manpower for all immigration counters.

“There should not be a time where immigration booths are to be unmanned. Let us collaborate. Let us work with each other. What is at stake here is the image of our country,” Secretary Tugade said.

Both departments also discussed the preparations for the upcoming SEA Games.

“Issues have to be addressed. We really need to do something about it.  Filipinos who are known for our hospitality, pagdating pa lang ng turista, ipakita na natin sa kanila (We should show it to tourists),” according to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra.—AAC

Cavite, several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay under state of calamity due to dengue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

A child suffering from dengue fever receives medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

Cavite and several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay are under a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH), the number of dengue cases in Cavite went up to 3,605 from January to July 13 this year. This is higher than the 2,670 cases recorded in 2018.

Around 18 patients have already died due to the illness this year.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula also increased to 9,104 with over 30 deaths.

According to DOH IX, several areas in Cavite and in Zamboanga have already declared a state of calamity. These areas include Ipil, Kabasalan, Buug, and Diplahan.

DOH IX Infectious Cluster Dr. Mary Rose Bugtai said the local government will be able to use the calamity fund to address the dengue situation in their area.

“To address the current situation like the want to purchase more commodities for integrated vector management like our larvae site like our spray cans for misting and other commodities used for dengue outbreak,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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