NAIA reopens for int’l chartered, commercial flights with homebound Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020   •   805

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has opened for inbound international chartered and commercial flights on Monday (May 11).

The resumption of operations, however, is only limited to overseas Filipinos who are returning home to the Philippines, clarified the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

CAAP added that foreign tourists and non-residents remain restricted from entering the country except for diplomats and heads or members of international missions. 

“Itong in-issue ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines na Notice to Airmen is only starting today hanggang June 10 but it doesn’t mean na hanggang June 10 ito (The CAAP-issued Notice to Airmen is only starting today until June 10, but it doesn’t mean it’s only up to June 10),” noted CAAP Spokesperson Eric Apolonio.

“Depende ito sa sitwasyon. Kung mag-i-improve naman, baka mag-relax iyong restrictions ng arrivals ng international flights sa airport (It will depend on the situation. If it improves, we may relax restrictions on international flight arrivals in the airport),” he added.

Inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays provided that they secure a clearance from CAAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

International commercial flights, meanwhile, are allowed during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Such scheduling of flights is needed as NAIA, for now, can only accommodate 400 passengers a day so as to maintain strict physical distancing protocols and to comply with the rules imposed by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other procedures on all arriving passengers in NAIA. 

Commercial flights, however, must get the approval of CAAP within 48 hours prior to its take off from point of origin. 

If the flight is coming from countries with high incidence of COVID-19 infection, the permission to allow them to proceed will depend on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) as the overall in charge of the national government’s response on the global pandemic. 

CAAP reiterates that social distancing protocols will always be observed in every flight. MNP (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DFA reports 19 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has logged 19 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 18,160 as of Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, the agency also recorded 13 new recoveries, and 6 new fatalities among overseas Filipinos.

To date, there are 5,877 Filipinos undergoing treatment at home and in various facilities in a total of 91 countries and territories across the globe.

 

 

DFA logs highest number of new COVID cases, recoveries among overseas Filipinos on April 13

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Tuesday (April 13) 889 additional cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos to 18,001.

Meanwhile, more Filipinos have recovered from the disease with the DFA recording a total of 913 recoveries, raising the total number of COVID survivors among overseas Filipinos to 11,038.

The figures are the highest recorded confirmed cases and recoveries this year.

However, COVID deaths among Filipinos overseas is currently at 1,113 including 30 new fatalities reported today.

The DFA said the reported spike is due to an increase in confirmed cases and recoveries in the Middle East.

The DFA,  together with its Foreign Service Posts, assured to continue to partner with host governments to ensure the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad amidst the pandemic.

DepEd gets new gadgets, school supplies from BOC

Marje Pelayo   •   March 17, 2021

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.

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