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Old September 4th, 2012, 09:42 AM   #1541
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By Bong Austero | Posted on September 04, 2012 | 12:01am |

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The public hearing and consultation, conducted at the VIP lounge of the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City, was supposed to start at nine in the morning. I was catching an 11:15 flight to Manila so I figured there was ample time to pop in and share my two cents on the highly controversial proposal to hike terminal fees in all airports in the region by as much as five times.

Unfortunately, the formal presentations didn’t start until a little past 10 am so by the time my flight was boarding, the speaker was just finishing his Powerpoint presentation. The presenter could have saved everyone the tedium of having to listen to a presentation that didn’t really present anything new, or persuasive enough, to merit consideration of an idea that was so ludicrous. But most of all, I wonder how he was able to deliver his presentation with a straight face.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is proposing a five-fold increase in the terminal fees levied on passengers using the Tacloban DZR Airport and in other terminals in the Leyte Samar region. CAAP is proposing to increase the terminal fees in the DZR Airport to P150 from the current rate of P30. They are also proposing a similar increase in the terminal fees airports in Catarman, Northern Samar; Calbayog City, Samar; and Ormoc City, Leyte from the current P20 to P100. The hefty increases are being proposed to help finance the expansion or renovation of airport facilities in the region. To help justify their ridiculous idea, CAAP presented a detailed five-year development plan for the airports in the region complete with the specific projects to be undertaken on a per year basis, complete with proposed costing.

The catch was that they kept on reminding people that all the proposed projects were subject to revisions or could change depending on various factors. In short, they were just that – plans. They offered no guarantees that there would, in fact, be developments or improvements. In fact, they conveniently left out that part about how those plans have been in the drawing board for many years now. A scale model of the proposed Tacloban DZR Airport used to be displayed in the departure area five years ago. In the meantime, they wanted to already collect the money from the people up front. It’s plain and simple highway robbery.

CAAP also made a case for the fact that it has not revised the terminal fees in the airports in the region in the last 15 years and cited numbers to support their contention. CAAP’s attempt to recover what they have supposedly “lost” in revenue collections in the last 15 years was downright absurd because the Tacloban DZR Airport had been in such a sorry state in the last two decades they should have, in fact, stopped collecting terminal fees a long time ago.

The CAAP officials in Region 8 should have their senses checked. If they could see, they would have noted a long time ago that the departure area of the terminal doesn’t have enough chairs to accommodate passengers; many of the chairs are broken and don’t match. If they could hear, they would have heard a long time ago the litany of complaints that passengers make every single time they have to go through the terminal. If they could smell, they would have noted that the toilets stink because there is hardly any water there (in fact, the janitors used to fill plastic bottles with water for passengers to use!). In fact, there is no functioning toilet in the arrival area. Last Thursday, the X-ray machine at the check-in counter was not working so passengers had to manually lug their baggage all the way to departure area to have these scanned at the x-ray machine there and then go back again to the check-in area. I could go on and on, but you get the drift. The conditions at the Tacloban DZR Airport are not halfway decent. And yet, CAAP wants to collect from passengers for the suffering they have had to bear in the last 15 years? These people should be fired from their jobs.

I agree that citizens should shell out money for public facilities and for their maintenance. But there’s an important caveat: Citizens have the right to expect decent basic facilities and services to begin with. That’s why we pay taxes. That is what the government is there for and that’s also the reason we have local officials. CAAP should already feel guilty for charging the current P30 terminal fee at the Tacloban DZR Airport because as things are, they are unable to provide the most basic of all services. Contemplating a five-fold increase in terminal fees is not only outrageous; it’s insulting. It’s like telling us to bend over so they could have their way with us.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 04:57 AM   #1542
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Old September 5th, 2012, 05:11 AM   #1543
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50/50 ako sa issue na yan.sa govt mahirap humanap ng pondo lalo na pag di naman tayo priority or di tayo malakas sa taas.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #1544
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Old September 5th, 2012, 04:22 PM   #1545
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..most of the improvements nga nakikita naton yana (kun mayda man) ha airport panahon pa ni gma.kay kun gin padayon la ito ni noynoy ok na unta it aton airport.diri na unta just for show lang.anyway that's the reality of politics,palakasan,from Marcos to Noynoy.we'll just have to wait after 2016 i guess
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Old September 6th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #1546
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Old September 6th, 2012, 05:46 PM   #1547
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sana nga.ngan sana new terminal na it ig tindog
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Old September 7th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #1548
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An outrageous proposal
By Bong Austero | Posted on September 04, 2012 | 12:01am |
While the reporters obsevations at the terminal has merit, his perceptions of CAAPs operations fell along the way. DZR is not a private institution that you pay for what you get. Its a national asset which means the fees go straight to head office and it only returns in the form of salaries to the CAAP employees and the fixed operating cost( power, navaids) and least of which for the terminal accessories which has to be procured thru request and bidding. All national run airports have different operating cost and money is constantly shuffled where it is needed most to get the aircraft to land and take-off safely, that's the first priority. There are a lot of navaid equipment that needs servicing constantly as well as the fire rescue vehicles so if it means that they have to sacrifice the water bill first in lieau of purchasing a stolen PAPI light then they will do so. To drive a point, the CAAP manager in Surigao requested for a back-up generator yet it was denied in the guise of the upcoming airport upgrades project that would cover it - that, still years to come.
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Old September 10th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #1549
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Old September 13th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #1550
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SEAIR LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER SALE
More Than 80,000 Seats on Sale Starting From P 199


South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) is offering more than 80,000 seats up for grabs starting at P 199 or up to 80% off regular fares. Book on www.tigerairways.com to avail of the special sale!

The airline is offering one-way fares from Manila to Bacolod and Iloilo at P 199, Boracay via Kalibo at P 298, Davao at P 449, Cebu at P 476, Puerto Princesa at P 581, and Tacloban at P 645. The flights operate from Manila Domestic Airport, also known as Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4.

From its hub at Clark International Airport, SEAIR is offering one-way fares to Boracay via Kalibo at P 299, Kota Kinabalu at P 949, Hong Kong at P 999, and Singapore and Bangkok at P 2,400.

Through this special sale, SEAIR encourages travelers to travel and discover the fun places in the country as it promotes the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign tie-up with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

SEAIR and DOT recently unveiled the joint tourism campaign with the launch of two SEAIR Airbus aircraft branded with the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" slogan. The SEAIR-DOT partnership aims to promote Philippines as a key destination in Asia as the planes fly from Clark to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu and Kalibo (Boracay). The SEAIR initiative is the first of its kind in the airline industry.

The promotional fares are available from September 13 to 19, 2012 for travel until March 31, 2013. For details and to take advantage of these incredible fares, please visit www.FlySeair.com or www.tigerairways.com. Like the SEAIR Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/flyseair for updates on promos and new routes.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #1551
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kan mao rong la ini thread lol

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Old September 14th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #1552
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CAAP also made a case for the fact that it has not revised the terminal fees in the airports in the region in the last 15 years and cited numbers to support their contention. CAAP’s attempt to recover what they have supposedly “lost” in revenue collections in the last 15 years was downright absurd because the Tacloban DZR Airport had been in such a sorry state in the last two decades they should have, in fact, stopped collecting terminal fees a long time ago.

The CAAP officials in Region 8 should have their senses checked. If they could see, they would have noted a long time ago that the departure area of the terminal doesn’t have enough chairs to accommodate passengers; many of the chairs are broken and don’t match. If they could hear, they would have heard a long time ago the litany of complaints that passengers make every single time they have to go through the terminal. If they could smell, they would have noted that the toilets stink because there is hardly any water there (in fact, the janitors used to fill plastic bottles with water for passengers to use!). In fact, there is no functioning toilet in the arrival area. Last Thursday, the X-ray machine at the check-in counter was not working so passengers had to manually lug their baggage all the way to departure area to have these scanned at the x-ray machine there and then go back again to the check-in area. I could go on and on, but you get the drift. The conditions at the Tacloban DZR Airport are not halfway decent. And yet, CAAP wants to collect from passengers for the suffering they have had to bear in the last 15 years? These people should be fired from their jobs.

I agree that citizens should shell out money for public facilities and for their maintenance. But there’s an important caveat: Citizens have the right to expect decent basic facilities and services to begin with. That’s why we pay taxes. That is what the government is there for and that’s also the reason we have local officials. CAAP should already feel guilty for charging the current P30 terminal fee at the Tacloban DZR Airport because as things are, they are unable to provide the most basic of all services. Contemplating a five-fold increase in terminal fees is not only outrageous; it’s insulting. It’s like telling us to bend over so they could have their way with us.
This guy really has no idea what HE is talking about. Perhaps he should ask first why services are like that. Good thing someone did not put figures on his face. What an idiot.

Like what I said in the other threads, there are only two PROFITABLE AIRPORTS in the country. All the rest have negative ROIs.

Maybe he has to learn a thing or two about Economics 101.


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While the reporters obsevations at the terminal has merit, his perceptions of CAAPs operations fell along the way. DZR is not a private institution that you pay for what you get. Its a national asset which means the fees go straight to head office and it only returns in the form of salaries to the CAAP employees and the fixed operating cost( power, navaids) and least of which for the terminal accessories which has to be procured thru request and bidding. All national run airports have different operating cost and money is constantly shuffled where it is needed most to get the aircraft to land and take-off safely, that's the first priority. There are a lot of navaid equipment that needs servicing constantly as well as the fire rescue vehicles so if it means that they have to sacrifice the water bill first in lieau of purchasing a stolen PAPI light then they will do so. To drive a point, the CAAP manager in Surigao requested for a back-up generator yet it was denied in the guise of the upcoming airport upgrades project that would cover it - that, still years to come.
The income for this airport does not even cover the MOOEs. Ask Zidlakan what it meant.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #1553
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SEAIR LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER SALE
More Than 80,000 Seats on Sale Starting From P 199


South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) is offering more than 80,000 seats up for grabs starting at P 199 or up to 80% off regular fares. Book on www.tigerairways.com to avail of the special sale!

The airline is offering one-way fares from Manila to Bacolod and Iloilo at P 199, Boracay via Kalibo at P 298, Davao at P 449, Cebu at P 476, Puerto Princesa at P 581, and Tacloban at P 645. The flights operate from Manila Domestic Airport, also known as Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4.

From its hub at Clark International Airport, SEAIR is offering one-way fares to Boracay via Kalibo at P 299, Kota Kinabalu at P 949, Hong Kong at P 999, and Singapore and Bangkok at P 2,400.

Through this special sale, SEAIR encourages travelers to travel and discover the fun places in the country as it promotes the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign tie-up with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

SEAIR and DOT recently unveiled the joint tourism campaign with the launch of two SEAIR Airbus aircraft branded with the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" slogan. The SEAIR-DOT partnership aims to promote Philippines as a key destination in Asia as the planes fly from Clark to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu and Kalibo (Boracay). The SEAIR initiative is the first of its kind in the airline industry.

The promotional fares are available from September 13 to 19, 2012 for travel until March 31, 2013. For details and to take advantage of these incredible fares, please visit www.FlySeair.com or www.tigerairways.com. Like the SEAIR Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/flyseair for updates on promos and new routes.

Nice, but at least Seair could splash more of its colours at the tail. I don't know what's keeping them shy about their logo, is it the "Tiger" below?
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Yes, that's Tiger Airways' logo near the tail and SEAIR's logo on the front.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #1555
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CAAP General Manager Antonio Alfonso (center) together with Rep. Niel Montejo of the An Waray Partylist conduct inspection of the new comfort room at the arrival area of DZR airport in Tacloban City. LITO A. BAGUNAS


TACLOBAN CITY-The much delayed yet anticipated redevelopment of the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport is now all systems go.

This after the Department of Budget and Management earmarked an amount of about P800 million which will be used to improve the airport’s terminal building and its ancillary facilities.

The P800 million that was set aside for the redevelopment of the Tacloban airport is part of the P4.6 billion allocated by the national government through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for the refurbishing of other major airports in the country to include the country’s main, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The allocation of the fund was made by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad yesterday. It is not clear, however, if the P800 million is separate from an earlier funding of P251.6 million intended for the improvement of the airport’s taxiway and apron; completion of the north-east shore protection; and construction of drainage system, among others.

Tacloban airport is now being considered as one of the major airports in the country today, ranking as the eight busiest airports in terms of volume of passengers.

Last year, it reached a milestone when it hit the one million mark in terms of passenger arrivals, besting other airports like the Clark International Airport in Angeles City.

This development was welcomed by Rep. Neil Benedict Montejo of the An Waray party-list group and airport officials in the region.

Montejo said that with the rehabilitation of the DZR Airport, it would serve as a magnet not only for investors but even tourists.

The party-list solon downplayed his effort in making the rehabilitation of the Tacloban airport be realized.

“This is a concerted effort. I am not taking any(personal) credit for this,” Montejo, who has been pushing for the redevelopment of the airport, said.

Yesterday, Montejo made an ocular inspection to the newly-built comfort rooms at the airport located inside its arrival area.

“It looks okay. Our passengers would no longer complain of lack or the absence of a comfort room inside the airport,” he said. The comfort rooms were opened for passenger’s use this week.

Aside from the comfort rooms at the arrival area, which include for persons with disabilities, the airport at the terminal building is also under construction, Antonio Alfonso, airport manager and area manager of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

He said that the completion of the comfort rooms at the terminal building will be finished in two months time.

Arthur Saipudin, regional representative of the Department of Transportation and Communications-Regional Management Commission, said that it’s about time that the airport be improved.

“It looks like a market. (Its sorry state) does not befit its status as an airport serving 12, 13 flights a day,” Saipudin said.

At present, the DZR Airport has 13 daily flights serving the Manila-Tacloban and Cebu-Tacloban routes. But during peak season, it serves 18 daily flights.

By Joey A. Gabieta
Staff Writer




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Old September 15th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #1556
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Nice, but at least Seair could splash more of its colours at the tail. I don't know what's keeping them shy about their logo, is it the "Tiger" below?
baka nagtitipid kasi sila sa cost ng paint.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #1557
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blueprint of the new tacloban terminal and apron....






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Old September 28th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #1559
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Per this youtube, an ambush interview with PNoy sa Isabel Leyte, the DZR TAC bidding took place in Sept 24, 2012 and will be finalized and awarded by the December 10, 2012, then notice to proceed will be announced. The start of the TAC terminal builidng will be in January 2013 daw, nice! Watch this:

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Ayus yan sana tuloy na talaga.

Sayang mawawala na ang PAL sa TAC.
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