MIAA, CAAP announce partial operations at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020   •   1557

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has announced resumption of partial operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday (January 13).

Departure operations already resumed at 10:00 a.m. while arrival operations resumed at 12:00 p.m.

Authorities say separation time between flights will be longer, in order to give MIAA and CAAP better capability in managing terminal and runway capacities.

“Priority will be given to departure flights, so that the NAIA ramps may be cleared of planes parked thereat since last night. Second priority will be given to regular scheduled flights for today,” the statement reads.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to passengers to continue coordinating with the airlines to confirm their updated flight schedules.

“We request the passengers to make sure that their flights can leave before proceeding to the airport,” he said.

MIAA began clearing the runways, taxiways and ramps of ash fall since 4:00 a.m. on Monday.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Palace thanks Noynoy Aquino for services, contributions to Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has expressed condolences to the family of former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 61.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, during his regular press briefing, offered a moment of silence for Aquino.

“We commiserate and condole with the family and loved ones of former President Benigno Simeon Noynoy Aquino III as we extend our condolences over his untimely demise,” Roque said.

“We are grateful for the former president for his contribution and services to the country,” he added.

The Aquino family confirmed that the former president “died peacefully in his sleep” around 6:30 in the morning. He succumbed to renal disease secondary to diabetes.

Noynoy is the son of Philippine democracy icons, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

He served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.

The Philippine Stocks Exchange (PSE) said Aquino, during his 6-year term, ushered the Philippine economy to investment-grade status through his good governance. The PSE said the country earned its first investment grade from Fitch Ratings in 2013 and gross domestic product grew at an average of over 6percent dung his tenure.

Roque said he has no information yet on whether or not a state funeral will be held for Aquino.

MIAA records P13.9 billion remittance from 2016 to 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has reached a remittance of P13.9 billion in dividends to the National Government from 2016 to 2019.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade lauds the MIAA for its achievement which surpassed its total remittances in the last 20 years.

“MIAA’s performance in four years show consistent good fiscal management. My congratulations to the men and women of the MIAA, with the leadership of GM Ed Monreal, for your sterling numbers. The Filipino people stand to benefit from your good work,” he said.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reiterated the agency’s commitment to further enhance the financial management as well as improve the infrastructure and operations of NAIA.

“Ultimately, our fiscal performance should resonate in our efforts in making each airport passenger satisfied beyond expectations,” he said. AAC

MIAA limits NAIA arrivals anew after PRC stops COVID-19 swab testing

Marje Pelayo   •   October 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has once again cut down the number of arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as a consequence of the Philippine Red Cross’ decision to stop its swab testing service to returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Thousands of repatriated OFWs remain in quarantine facilities in Metro Manila, desperately waiting for the results of their swab tests.

One of them is Harlene Gariando who used to work as a household worker in Singapore but after a conflict with her employer, she decided to return home on October 18.

It has been four days since she arrived but until today, she is not certain as to when she will be able to get her swab test result.

Madali na po sana ang resulta para kami pong mga naghihintay dito ay makauwi na rin sa aming mga mahal sa buhay [We hope the result would come out soon so we could go home to our families],” she said.

Sana malaman po kaagad ng maaga kasi para hindi rin po nagaalala yung mga mahal namin sa buhay rin po [The results should be made available soon so our families will not worry],” she added.

MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said they have to minimize the number of arrivals once again to make sure that the government’s One-Stop-Shop will be able to accommodate all returning OFWs.

“Ang challenge po ay nasa One Stop Shop being manned by Coast Guard and pagdating nung mga kababayan natin limitado po ang kapasidad ngayon sa pagte-test [The challenge now is with the One-Stop-Shop being manned by the Coast Guard because the swab testing at present is limited as compared to the arriving OFWs],” Monreal said.

“As far as the airport is concern, kami po sa paliparan wala po kaming nakikitang problema except for those reduction po na maapektuhan ang pagparating ng ating mga kababayan [As far as the airport is concerned, we don’t have any problem except for the arriving OFWs who will be affected by the reduction of flights],” he added.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), meanwhile, is trying to replicate the process of the PRC when it comes to swab testing, one is to allow online registration prior to the OFWs return flight.

Kasi iyong E-CIF di ba bago pa pumunta dito sa Pilipinas, three days before nirerequire na natin noon in coordination with the Red Cross na magpirma na nung CIF [The process with E-CIF, three days before they arrive in the Philippines they are required to sign a CIF with Red Cross],” explained Commodore Armand Balilo, PCG’s Spokesperson.

Para pagdating dito dere-derecho ang pila. Pupunta lang sa counter ng Coast Guard tapos isa-swab [So when they arrive, they just fall in line. They just go straight to the Coast Guard’s counter and there they will be swabbed],” he added.

At present, the PCG has partnered with 12 government hospitals to where the specimens of OFW are forwarded.

The agency also employed more IT personnel to speed up the encoding of data. 

PCG explained that OFWs may request to speed up the processing of their swab tests. They may either pay P3,5000 to the PRC or they may prefer to have their swab test taken in private hospitals but they have to pay as much as P10,000 for it.

The PCG is hoping that the PRC will resume its service the soonest especially with the expected surge of returning OFWs by the end of the year. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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