LIST: Cancelled PAL flights to and from South Korea for March 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   March 2, 2020   •   1637

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced its list of flight cancellations to and from South Korea for March 2020.

The changes are in line with the latest travel ban imposed by the Philippine government “in the interest of public health and safety” amid the increasing risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

List of cancelled flights:

(From March 2 to March 30)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (Mo/Th/Fr)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (Mo/Th/Fr)

(From March 1 to March 31)

  • PR 468 Manila – Seoul (daily)
  • PR 469 Seoul – Manila (daily)

(From March 8 to March 29)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (We/Su)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (We/Su)

(From March 12 to 31)

  • PR 466 Manila – Seoul (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)
  • PR 467 Seoul – Manila (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)

Meanwhile, PAL said it will retain a number of flights to and from Seoul and Busan to serve travelers not covered by the travel ban.

Thus, operations of the following flights will push through:

  • March 1 to 11 — PR 466/467 Manila – Seoul – Manila (daily)
  • March 12 to 31 — PR 466/467 (We/Su only)
  • March 1 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 3 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 7 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 8 to 28 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila (Tu/Sa only)
  • March 29 to 31 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila

PAL clarified that passengers of cancelled flights and holders of confirmed tickets but not allowed to travel due to the travel ban may request for rebooking/rerouting or refunding of the confirmed tickets on or before March 28.

They may choose a new travel date on or before June 30.

Passengers affected by the changes in operations may reach the airline through PAL Reservations Hotline (+63 2) 8855 8888, or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or log on to the ManageMyBookingPortal at www.philippineairlines.com for flight rebooking.

First in Philippines: PAL joins global trial run of IATA Travel Pass app

Marje Pelayo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is joining the global trial run of the digital travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The IATA Travel Pass application aims to help international passengers digitally manage their health documents and coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) negative test results in compliance with health protocols and for a safer and more convenient travel experience.

PAL will conduct a trial run of the new on its flights from Manila to Los Angeles and Singapore on selected dates from May to June 2021, the airline firm said in a statement.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat earlier hinted at this possibility saying the Department wishes to adopt the measure which has been undertaken by other countries that already have relaxed their borders.

She added that the IATA travel pass offers a standard that will be helpful in the validation and authentication of each passenger’s COVID-19 travel requirements.

OFWs in South Korea given one-year extension of stay

Marje Pelayo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in South Korea who are under the Employment Permit System (EPS) and whose contract term expires within the period April 13, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021 are given an extension of stay to one more year.

The policy, which took effect April 13, allows foreign workers to remain in the country given the prevailing condition brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor Attaché Maya Valderrama of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Korea in a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the said issuance from South Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is in line with the relevant amendment to the Act on Employment of Foreign Workers.

The issuance provides that the stay and employment period of foreign workers (E-9 and H-2) under the EPS and whose employment period (three years or four years and 10 months) expires from April 13 to December 31, 2021 is extended for one year.

Valderrama said the Korean government expects this measure will resolve the difficulties of workers entering and leaving the country during the pandemic.

This will also help in the manpower shortage of small and medium-sized companies.

Bello thanked the Seoul government for the move that will benefit hundreds of workers in Korea.

“We welcome this unprecedented employment measure extended by the Republic of Korea (ROK) to our EPS workers especially during this time of the pandemic. The preservation of jobs of our OFWs everywhere in the world is our primordial concern, and this development highlights the value of our 15 years of continuing bilateral cooperation on labor with the ROK,” Bello said in a news release on Sunday.

The extension period of stay and employment also applies to EPS workers who have been given a 50-day visa extension by ROK’s authorities, provided that the extended period also falls within the period April 13 to December 31, 2021.

Immigration Bureau nabs 3 South Korea’s fugitives wanted for online scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three of South Korea’s most wanted fugitives were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) fugitive search unit (FSU) on Tuesday (April 13).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the three aliens were arrested in operations conducted in Parañaque City and Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

They were identified as Jung Myunghun, 38, allegedly the syndicate’s top leader; Yu Daewoong, 38, and Kang Wesung, 36, also a leader of the group.

Morente said these fugitives are high-profile criminals long sought by Korean authorities and Interpol.

Based on criminal records, since July 2014, the suspects perpetrated online scams by uploading and advertising items on online second-hand markets, duping victims into purchasing products that turned out to be non-existent.

Their passports have also been revoked, making them undocumented aliens.

“Korean authorities uncovered thousands of cases—almost 2,600—wherein victims have been defrauded by the suspects. It is estimated that victims incurred a combined loss of more than 10 billion won, or close to US$9 million, from the syndicate’s racket,” according to the BI.

Morente said the suspects will be deported to face the cases against them in Korea.

“Their names shall likewise remain in our blacklist, which effectively bans their re-entry in the country,” the BI chief said. AAC

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