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PAL to implement new cost-cutting measures
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated April 20, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) bared yesterday plans to undertake another round of cost-cutting measures to generate savings and reduce expenses to cut company losses.

Following an earlier announcement that it is spinning off three non-core units and outsourcing in-flight catering, airport services (including ground handling, cargo terminal/handling, and ramp handling), and call center reservation functions, PAL revealed that it may outsource three more non-core units, affecting 500 airline workers.

PAL president Jaime Bautista said the firm might farm out its medical, information technology and some human resources and administration processes to further trim down labor and operating expenses.

PAL spun off and sold its maintenance and engineering department to Lufthansa Technik Philippines last year.

Bautista said the scheduled next phase of its restructuring program would result in the retrenchment of 500 more employees.

The outsourcing of the catering, ground handling and call center reservation functions is expected to result in about 3,000 employees being laid off and reduce PAL’s workforce from 7,500 to 4,000.

Bautista assured PAL customers that flight crews would not be affected and in-flight services would not be compromised.

PAL said it is expecting total savings of $500 million to $1 billion annually after the closure of its non-core units for catering, ground handling and call center reservations.

Separation benefits for the discharged workers are expected to cost between P2 billion to P2.5 billion.

Officials of the PAL Employees Association could not be immediately reached for comment.

Bautista said the carrier aims to realize an ideal workforce equivalent to around 100 employees per airplane, particularly for PAL’s 19 wide-bodied aircraft.

The carrier has 41 airplanes, including 22 short-haul aircrafts for domestic and regional flights.

He explained that the move to outsource non-core units is essential to attract investors that will put in fresh capital for the financially strapped carrier.

“If the employees of the airline will do the non-core businesses, the costs are high due to pro-labor work rules and lower productivity of the workers,” he said.

Bautista added that the equity needed from a possible investor should be at least 25 percent, but should not exceed 40 percent, of PAL’s total assets, which stood at $1.1 billion.

He added that if there is a good offer to buy the entire business of PAL, the company’s owners, led by taipan Lucio Tan, are willing to give up the company.

Tan is reportedly not interested in shelling out more funds for PAL considering his already substantial investment in the airline.

Bautista, however, emphasized that PAL is not a bankrupt company.

“It only needs to have additional equity and to rationalize its organization and workforce,” he said.

PAL earlier explained that it was constrained to pursue the restructuring plan due to several factors beyond its control that include, among others, the unabated liberalization of the commercial aviation industry to the detriment of local players like PAL, the worldwide economic recession that led to a crippling slowdown in passenger traffic, as well as the record-high oil prices in 2008-2009 and the continuing increase in the price of aviation fuel, which account for nearly half of PAL’s operating expenses.

PAL said the firm approached several investors but none were interested given the fact that in 2009 alone, more than 20 airlines went bankrupt.

“We approached government for help but it, too, was in dire financial straits,” PAL said.

Officials also blamed the downgrade of the Philippine aviation sector to Category II by the United States that prevented PAL from using brand new long-range aircraft or increasing flights to the US, and the subsequent blacklisting of Philippine carriers by the European Union, ruining the reputation of even those airlines with outstanding safety records like PAL.

PAL said that its financial situation continued to deteriorate, with the company sustaining over $350 million (or more than P15 billion) in losses during the last two fiscal years. Its equity has also dropped precipitously to a little over $1.1 million as of February 2010.

To stave off failure and protect company assets, PAL said it had to act quickly.

“Given this grim scenario, PAL has no choice but to restructure. It must also sell and/or cease operations of non-core businesses since no airline in Asia, or the world for that matter, continues to operate non-core businesses. Moreover, PAL has to meet its huge outstanding obligations as they fall due to prevent creditors from taking over the business,” it stressed.

“PAL did its best to adjust to the harsh operating environment. It implemented a series of cost-cutting initiatives, including a manpower rationalization program in September 2009 that affected more than 400 executives and administrative employees,” PAL said.

The spin-off of the three non-core units is being pursued in accordance with labor laws and the collective bargaining agreement between PAL and the Philippine Airlines Employees Association, the airline emphasized.

PAL also assured customers that there would be no disruptions in its operations during the restructuring.
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PAL to spin off three noncore units
Written by Lenie Lectura & Dennis Estopace / Reporters
MONDAY, 19 APRIL 2010 20:20


PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will implement the next phase of its restructuring program, starting with the spinoff of three noncore units, effective at the close of business hours on May 3.

The affected units are 1) inflight catering services; 2) airport services (including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling and ramp handling) and 3) call-center reservations.

The spinoff is being pursued in accordance with labor laws and the collective bargaining agreement between PAL and the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea), the airline said.

In a statement, PAL assured its customers that there will be no disruptions to its operations during the implementation of the restructuring measures. All domestic and international flights are being
operated according to published departure and arrival times. All PAL offices and facilities in the Philippines and overseas remain open to serve customers and all accredited travel agents continue to sell and honor PAL tickets, the airline said.

PAL is constrained to pursue the restructuring plan owing to several factors beyond its control that include, among others:

Unabated liberalization of the commercial aviation industry to the detriment of local players like PAL;

The worldwide economic recession that led to a crippling slowdown in passenger traffic;

Record-high oil prices in 2008-2009 and the continuing increase in the price of aviation fuel, which account for nearly half of PAL’s operating expenses;

Downgrade of the Philippine aviation sector to Category 2 by the United States that prevents PAL from using brand-new long-range aircraft or increasing flights to the US; and

The subsequent blacklisting of Philippine carriers by the European Union, ruining the reputation of even those airlines with outstanding safety records like PAL.

“PAL did its best to adjust to the harsh operating environment. It implemented a series of cost-cutting initiatives, including a manpower rationalization program in September 2009 that affected more than 400 executives and administrative employees. In 2000 PAL restructured its organization and spun off-sold its Maintenance and Engineering Department to Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP),” PAL said.

Apart from a series of cost-cutting initiatives, PAL said it approached several investors but none were interested given the fact that in 2009 alone, more than 20 airlines went bankrupt. “We approached government for help but it, too, was in dire financial straits,” it added.

Meanwhile, PAL’s financial situation continued to deteriorate, with the company sustaining over $350 million (or more than P15 billion) in losses during the last two fiscal years. Its equity has also dropped precipitously to a little over $1.1 million as of February 2010.

To stave off failure and protect company assets, PAL said it had to act quickly. “Given this grim scenario, PAL has no choice but to restructure. It must also sell or cease operations of noncore businesses or both since no airline in Asia, or the world for that matter, continue to operate non-core businesses. Moreover, PAL has to meet its huge outstanding obligations as they fall due to prevent creditors from taking over the business,” it stressed.

Difficult as the restructuring program may be, PAL asked its stakeholders—unions, partners in the travel trade, government and, especially, the flying public—to support the flag carrier as it reorganizes into a leaner, more efficient company.

Some 3,000 workers are set to lose their jobs by end-May when the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) implements its spinoff-outsourcing plans, president Jaime Bautista’s letter to the union said.

“Further to our 09 September 2009 letter officially advising you of the spinoff-outsourcing plan of the company in compliance with the current PAL-Palea CBA [PAL-PAL Employees Association collective bargaining agreement], please be informed that PAL will spin off 1) in-flight catering services operations 2) airport services (i.e., ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling, and ramp handling) and 3) call-center reservations effective at the close of business hours on May 31, 2010,” Bautista said in a letter to Palea officials.

Palea president Gerardo Rivera told the BusinessMirror on Sunday that he estimates the company to spend about P3 billion for “an illogical business decision that would not even save that much as well as contrary to what we think investors want: industrial peace.”

Rivera said Palea was slightly caught by surprise with the content of Bautista’s April 16, 2010, letter “since he didn’t raise this during our meeting with him on April 8.”

He said Bautista even assured the Palea leaders that the ills of PAL—a $46.5-million obligation maturing by June 2010, among others—wouldn’t affect the manpower.

“Sure, there were what I call pocket outsourcing, with some jobs being outsourced, but not at this scale and imminence.”

In his letter, Bautista said the company “implemented a manpower rationalization program affecting more than 400 executives and administrative employees” since September last year.

Bautista cited as a basis for the restructuring “staggering losses of over $350 million [more than P15 billion] in the last two years, [leading to] the company’s equity position as of February 2010 [dropping] precariously to $1.1 million.”

He wrote: “Apart from a series of cost-cutting initiatives, PAL approached several investors but none of them were interested. They said airlines are the last business they want to go into given the fact that in 2009 alone more than 20 airlines went bankrupt.”

Bautista added that they “approached government for help but it, too, was in dire financial straits.”

Hence, he said, “PAL has to act quickly and decisively by spinning off” its operations.

“All affected regular positions will be deemed abolished from PAL’s table of organization effective at the close of business hours on May 31.”

Rivera said the union “will not take this issue sitting down as the welfare of the families of those affected are at stake.”

He added that beginning Monday, the union would try to sit down with the management to find alternative options to this decision.

Rivera also said they will exhaust legal means to respond to this issue.

He said only a thousand of the estimated total 4,000 PAL employees will not be affected by the layoff if it pushes through.

PAL’s parent company, PAL Holdings Inc., was thinly traded two days before Bautista sent his letter.

The stock price remained at P3 at its closing, hitting only P3.05 as its highest level, with trade volume merely a hundred thousand and a value of P300,250 at its last trading day April 14.

PAL’s parent company was able to reduce its net loss in the nine months ending December 2009 by 93.67 percent to P0.911 million from a P14.4-million net loss in the same period in 2008.
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PLDT Bags PAL Reservations
April 23, 2010

Telecom giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone company (PLDT) subsidiary ePLDT Ventus, has won the bid to provide reservations and call center service requirements of Philippine Airlines (PAL) which the airline earlier announced to be outsourced as part of the company’s restructuring and cost-cutting, program.

PAL president Jaime Bautista and ePLDT Ventus president Maulik Parekh signed the agreement yesterday. The contracts key feature is the provision for ePLDT Ventus to extend job offers to all affected employees of PAL’s reservations sales units in Manila and Cebu, and Mabuhay Miles Center, which will be phased out on June 1, 2010. Affected staff of PAL’s reservations sales and Mabuhay Miles Center will be given first priority in filling the approximately 600 agent positions at ePLDT Ventus.

The agreement calls for ePLDT Ventus to provide a dedicated team of call-center agents on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis to service the broad range of PAL’s requirements.

These functions include reservations and ticketing, including schedule and fare inquiries, flight booking, change or cancellation of booking, issuance of tickets, and advance seat reservation; general inquiries, including flight arrival and departure information, inquiries about routes and destinations, documentation requirements, and journey-related information; and tour bookings, including inquiries and booking of the Swingaround and PALakbayan tour products.

Also outsourced to Ventus are the following functions: Mabuhay Miles services, including program information and member benefits, membership inquiries, profile updates, account status, award flight booking and ticketing; disruption handling, including notification of passengers in cases of flight schedule changes; fulfillment, including back-office services; and special services, including coordination of group bookings, arrangement of special passenger handling (medical cases, special meal requests, etc.), and email handling.
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PAL, Gulf Air not keen on more Bahrain flights
Protest new ASA

By Lenie Lectura
April 22, 2010

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is not interested in mounting flights to Bahrain even if the government’s air panel just recently concluded amending the air services agreement (ASA) between the Philippines and Bahrain.

A PAL executive pointed out that not even Gulf Air wants to fly to Bahrain given the many unutilized entitlements. “There is over capacity in Bahrain. There are so many flights between Manila and Bahrain. Gulf Air is not supporting the additional air entitlements. There is only one group that wants this and that is Bahrain Air,” said PAL president Jaime Bautista. Bahrain Air is the second flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The low-cost airline currently flies to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. It started operations in February 2008 and uses an Airbus A320 fleet.


On March 30, the Philippines and Bahrain amended the air pact between the countries. Under the new deal, four weekly flights to the Manila-Bahrain route were added. Of these new flights, three can only be utilized if there are corresponding flights that would be used in Clark, said Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla.

“Of the four, one entitlement was granted without any condition. The remaining three can be utilized only if these three entitlements will also be used in Clark,” said Arcilla.

The amended air pact with Bahrain brings to 54 the total number of flight entitlements with the Philippines. The Manila-Bahrain route now has 12 flight entitlements; seven flight entitlements to Cebu; 28 to Clark and seven to other points except Manila and Clark. “There is no need to add more rights in the Middle East. There are almost 70 weekly flights between Manila and the Middle East. All these have connecting flights to Europe. If this trend continues, we will not be able to fly to Europe anymore,” said the PAL official. The company discontinued flying to European destinations in the 1980s.

The flag carrier, however, is interested to fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia; Bombay in India, and a new route in China. “Cambodia has many tourist that in the Philippines. The market is for tourists. We would also want to fly to India via Bangkok but the Thailand government prohibits us to pick up passengers there, citing 5th freedom rights. We are now doing the ground works before we seek the assistance of the CAB to talk to its counterpart in Bangkok,” said Bautista.

The CAB is part of the Philippine air panel which negotiates for traffic rights with other countries.

The Philippine air panel is composed of officials from the departments of Transportation and Communications, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, and Trade and Industry, the CAB and representatives of the airline firms.
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Clark International Airport passes audit for ISO certification
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated April 25, 2010 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) has been certified to be at par with worldwide industrial and commercial management system standards in the area of international passenger facilitation at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

CIAC is the operating arm of DMIA that caters to foreign and local carriers operating international and domestic flights out of Clark.


According to CIAC corporate planning manager and International Organization Standardization (ISO) quality management representative Darwin Cunanan, CIAC passed the conformity audit conducted by TUV Rheinland Philippines for ISO 9001:2008 certification.

ISO 9000 refers to a set of quality management standards that includes three quality standards, namely ISO 9000:2005 (QMS fundamentals and vocabulary), ISO 9001:2008 (QMS requirements and certifiable standard), and ISO 9004:2009 (guidelines for performance improvements). All three are process standards. The purpose of ISO is to facilitate international trade by providing a single set of standards that people everywhere would recognize and respect.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification which CIAC obtained specified the auditable requirements and focuses on establishing, implementing, and maintaining quality management systems, including processes for continual improvement. Its main thrust is to enable a structured and managed approach towards customer satisfaction.

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in the certification of management systems with 490 offices in 61 countries. It is headquartered in Cologne, Germany.

The Stage 1 audit conducted last Dec. 21 involved an assessment of CIAC’s compliance with the general documentation requirements, management commitment, customer focus, quality policy and planning. Meanwhile, the Stage 2 audit last Feb. 10-11 focused on the adherence by CIAC, airlines and other national agencies operating in DMIA with the service level agreements and service excellence standards entered into by CIAV authorities with officials of these agencies and airlines.

Cunanan said the conformity audit or assessment conducted by TUV Rheinland showed that CIAC measures up to the quality management system standards in the field of international passenger facilitation at the DMIA based on specifications of ISO 9001:2008.

Meanwhile, CIAC vice president for operations and business development and current ISO general manager Romeo Dyoco Jr. said the scope of ISO 9001:2008 involves passenger facilitation where it aims to deliver better quality services to international travelers and passengers at the DMIA which is bustling with international and domestic flights being provided by foreign and local air carriers.

The ISO program for DMIA started January last year with the involvement of the different carriers operating there including Asiana Airlines, Air Asia Berhad, Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific Air, as well as government agencies such as the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-ASG), Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Plants and Animal Industry. Also part of the project are ground handlers like Miascor and Clark Airport Support Services Corp.
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Suicide try at Silay airport fails
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

An airline passenger who had been sleepless for three days, yesterday attempted to commit suicide by slashing his throat and both arms with a broken glass, at the comfort room of Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental, police said.

Supt. Jerry Bartolome, Silay police chief, said that despite his multiple injuries, the victim identified as Donald Macapinlac, 31, of Brgy. San Jose, Quezon City, survived. He was rushed to the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital.

Initial investigations of the Silay police showed that Macapinlac, his wife, Barby, and 2-year-old son, Dwayne Christian, were waiting for their 5:40 p.m. flight to Manila at the airport pre-departure area, when the incident took place.

Barby told the Silay police that her husband went to the comfort room, an hour before their flight, and she later heard noise that sounded like a glass being broken.

When she checked at the comfort room, Barby said she saw her husband holding a piece of broken glass, and bathed in his own blood.

PO3 Stephen David, a member of the PNP Aviation Security Group, and Clinic Nurse Elsie Asunar who responded to the call for help, immediately brought Macapinlac to the hospital.

Bartolome said PO2 Cristopher Sarinopia and PO2 Azuro, investigators of the Silay police, and Chief Inspector Lemuel Gasataya, local Aviation Security Group chief, later discovered that the mirror in the Bacolod-Silay Airport comfort room was broken, and presumed to have been struck by Macapinlac with his hand. Bloodstains were noted on the floor.

Barby also told the Silay police that her husband had been sleepless for almost three days, before the incident.*GPB
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PCCI urges gov’t: Ban US, EU carriers in RP

By Abigail L. Ho
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First Posted 23:46:00 04/25/2010


With local carriers blacklisted in 27 European Union nations and the country’s aviation safety rating downgraded by the United States, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking a ban on the operations of American and European airlines here.

In a statement, the group said that since the US Federal Aviation Administration found the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines lacking in technical competence in overseeing international airline operations, then US and EU airlines should just stop operating in the country.

“The downgrading evaluation on CAAP implies that if [CAAP] is not capable of handling foreign airline operations, the government should suspend operations of these airlines in the Philippines as well,” PCCI president Francis Chua said.

At the same time, the country’s biggest business group also urged the government to institute reforms at the CAAP, mainly by professionalizing its ranks and placing a well qualified private sector representative in the agency’s board.

RA 9497, the law that created the CAAP two years ago, would also have to be amended, the group said.

“For the country to regain the Category 1 status, CAAP, as regulatory body on aviation, needs more qualified technical personnel to do oversight functions, particularly random inspections on Philippine carriers,” PCCI vice president for service Angelito Colona said.

The US FAA in January 2008 downgraded the country’s safety rating. The International Civil Aviation Organization, on the other hand, raised safety concerns last year following an audit of local carriers.

These ultimately led to the banning of Philippine-registered carriers from EU airspace.

The FAA’s downgrade of the country’s aviation rating from Category 1 to Category 2 lumped the Philippines with countries such as Bangladesh, Ghana and Indonesia, which were not compliant with certain Icao standards.

PCCI said the rating downgrade was “not fair,” noting how this could negatively impact the country’s thrust to take advantage of the global tourism boom.

“If this issue will not be addressed immediately, it will curtail some of the gains of the tourism industry and create a negative image of the Philippines as an unsafe destination with untrustworthy facilities and infrastructure,” Chua said.
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Gibo vows to develop Clark international airport to its full potential
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Friday, 09 April 2010

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro vowed on Wednesday to continue the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in the Clark Free Port Zone.

“The DMIA has the full potential to be the next premier international gateway of the Philippines,” Teodoro told more than 500 barangay officials in Pampanga during a caucus held in barangay Sindalan in this city.


However, Teodoro pointed out that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila will not be closed to air traffic since it will complement DMIA’s operations in Central and Northern Luzon.

“Despite its limited space, Naia would still be an airport. The two airports [DMIA and Naia] will complement each other to spur economic progress in the country,” he said.

He said that next to Naia, which only has two runways and limited space for expansion, the DMIA is the best alternative to be the next international gateway.

“Here, we have an airport in Clark and a seaport in Subic that are linked to the rest of Central and Northern Luzon, as well as the newly built Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, which has made travel more convenient for our people in these areas,” the Lakas presidential bet said.

“We must continue the developments initiated and accomplished by President Arroyo and the other infrastructure projects that would further enhance the economic gains achieved by the Arroyo administration,” he said.

Mrs. Arroyo had designated the DMIA as the next premier international gateway of the Philippines and a services and logistics hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

The DMIA currently hosts several foreign and local carriers flying out of Clark to various destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Among them is Asiana Airlines of South Korea, Air Asia of Malaysia and Tiger Airways of Singapore, as well as local carriers Cebu Pacific Air, which also flies to Southeast Asian countries along with domestic flights to Cebu.

The Spirit of Manila Airlines also flies the Clark-Taiwan route, while South East Asian Airlines (Seair) flies to Caticlan to the world-famous Boracay Beach Island Resort.

Late last year the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), headed by president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano, embarked on an expansion of the DMIA Passenger Terminal One, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month. The current terminal accommodates at least 2 million passengers annually.

Luciano said the project is in accordance with the vision of Mrs. Arroyo to make the DMIA the next premier international gateway of the country.

The expansion project will accommodate an additional 500,000 passengers annually. Phase One of the project for new and expanded terminal will feature a second floor with two passenger boarding bridges, as well as other improvements to airport facilities. CIAC has earmarked some P550 million for the development of DMIA Terminal One in two phases.

Teodoro arrived by helicopter in Pampanga at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday after visiting the province of Bataan as part of his campaign sortie in Central Luzon.

Teodoro was accompanied by Lakas vice-presidential candidate Edu Manzano and senatorial candidates Raul Lambino, Rey Langit, Sivestre Bello and Michelle Guico. Also present at the activity were Lakas-Kampi-CMD gubernatorial bet Lilia “Baby” Pineda, presidential son and Pampanga Second District Rep. Mikey Arroyo, Pampanga First District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin, Pampanga Third District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Angeles City mayoral bet Edgardo Pamintuan and Pampanga mayors, led by Jerry Pelayo of Candaba, who all vowed to support Teodoro.
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Cargo plane crashes in the Philippines; 3 dead
By JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press Writer - Thursday, April 22
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MANILA, Philippines – A Russian-made cargo plane crashed and burst into flames in a rice field north of the Philippine capital Wednesday as it attempted a landing. Three crew were killed and three pulled out alive from the burning wreckage.

The Antonov 12 aircraft was flying from Mactan in the central Philippines and crashed about 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Clark airport, the former U.S. Air Base near Manila, said Alfonso Cusi, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Firefighters struggled into the night to put out the flames that engulfed the aircraft after it exploded on impact, ripping the plane into two sections, said police Chief Inspector Carlito Fabro.

Villagers managed to rescue three crew members _ two Russians and an Uzbek, who suffered bruises and were brought to a police station to rest, police said.

Three other crew were found dead near the cockpit, Cusi said, adding investigators were trying to identify the badly burned bodies.

The Antonov 12 plane was leased by a Manila-based airline company for domestic use, Cusi said. Clark's tower lost communication with the aircraft at about 8:50 p.m. (1250 GMT).

"Their communication signal suddenly got garbled then the plane disappeared in the radar," Cusi told The Associated Press.
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NAIA 3 woes: Bad construction or bad feng shui?
(this was taken 2 years ago)

NINOY Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (Naia 3) authorities apparently believe the series of mishaps at the airport, such as the collapse of ceilings, is more bad luck than bad construction, and are thus contemplating if they should have a feng shui (geomancer) expert to divine what could be wrong with
the building’s design.

At the same time, the authorities are also thinking of getting a local medium to exorcise the terminal of “evil spirits” with rituals that include offering the blood of live animals to appease the offended spirits.

Thus does a “modern” airport terminal retrogress from claims of high-tech design and equipment to the spiritualism of our ancestors.

“We are thinking of hiring a Chinese feng shui expert and get his advice on what should be done at the Naia 3 so that we [can] avoid this negative vibration that seems to hound the building,” said an assistant manager who asked not to be named, since he still has to consult his superiors.

He added that local spiritualists or shamans may also be tapped just to make sure they have covered all the bases.

The superstitious among airport officials pointed out that when Naia 3 was built, a whole village and a church across the street were razed and the “desecration” now needs to be rectified, although a new and bigger church had already been built on the site of the previous one.

The idea of appeasing the spirits and recourse to the geomancer’s reading of the proper alignment of natural forces in the building came to a head following the failed attempt on Friday of a distraught woman, who came all the way from Quirino, to hang herself from the fourth floor of the terminal.

Would-be suicide Levi Garma was rescued, however, by people in the terminal at the time who rushed to lift her just when she started to choke from a scarf knotted around her neck. She was immediately brought to the airport clinic.

Airport general manager Alfonso Cusi was quite perplexed why a woman from the provinces would come all the way to Manila and choose to kill herself at the Naia 3.

A day before Garma’s attempt, a 7-meter by 1-meter portion of the airport’s mezzanine ceiling fell down on a luggage carousel two hours after passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight from Iloilo retrieved their luggage from the same conveyor. It is the third ceiling collapse.

Two years ago, a security guard died inside the terminal after his borrowed motorcycle slipped and he was thrown off, hitting his head on a brick wall.
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PCCI urges gov’t: Ban US, EU carriers in RP
That's dumb. It's not like there are tons of airlines flying to the Philippines. Such a ban will even depress passenger loads altogether.

Instead of blaming everyone else, the Philippines ought to take a good look at Indonesia, which has been reviewing safety procedures and protocol on its own airlines, not just Philippine Airlines but especially, Cebu Pacific and in particular, Zest Air.
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I just noticed, there's no Philippine flag in this aircraft.



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Gov’t stops PAL layoff, outsourcing for now

By Paolo Montecillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:35:00 04/27/2010

Filed Under: business, Labor, Air Transport, Employment, Labour dispute, Laws

MANILA, Philippines -- The government has stepped in to resolve the labor dispute at Philippine Airlines (PAL), ordering the airline to postpone a plan to lay off 3,000 of the company’s 7,500 employees to cut costs.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) also ordered labor union PAL Employees Association (PALEA) to hold off a potential strike that could paralyze the flag carrier and harm the local aviation sector.

In an order issued Tuesday, DoLE said it decided to assume jurisdiction over the dispute by moderating discussions between the union and the airline’s management.

“What this means is that PAL is enjoined from pushing through with their spin-off,” PALEA president Gerardo Rivero said.

This was done to stop a “strike or lockout in an industry indispensible to the national interest such as the airline industry to which PAL belongs,” the labor department said.

The order was issued amid possibility of PALEA holding a paralyzing strike in protest of the Lucio Tan-led airlines’ plan to outsource its non-core operations to non-core service providers.

PAL announced the planned outsourcing earlier this month as part of efforts to return the airline to profitability after suffering massive losses in the last three years.

Hiring outside entities to handle non-core operations, including in-flight catering and reservations, is also seen as vital to allow PAL to attract investors for the airline.

The spinning off of services is scheduled to take effect on June 1.

DoLE said the order was also issued to deflect any negative impact on the economy brought about by the disturbance in the airline industry and other allied industries such as travel and tourism, trade and foreign currency exchange.

“It must be emphasized that this is not the first time that PAL has been embroiled in a labor dispute that eventually progressed into a strike among its employees, which resulted in the loss of employment status of not a few union officers as well as its members,” the DoLE order said.

“Both parties are ordered to refrain from committing any act that might exacerbate the situation,” DoLE said. The department said it would meet with both the union and the company’s management on April 30 to settle the issue.

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista in an interview said the company would have no choice but to comply with the order.

“We haven’t received a copy of the order yet, but if Dole is assuming jurisdiction, then we’ll have to comply,” Bautista said, but added that this would have dire consequences for the airline.

“If we are not able to implement this spin-off, it will be more difficult for us to invite possible investors into PAL,” he said. “There are several interested investors, but they want to see changes in the structure of PAL to become like other airlines in Asia and concentrate only on its core services.”
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Yeah really, I think it's only KLM flies into the Philippines from Europe and only Delta flies into the Philippines from North America. But then again there are no Philippine carriers are flying to Europe so WTF???!!!! Are they playing mind games???LMAO

As far as I can see, it's mostly other asian and middle eastern carriers are the ones servicing routes to Europe as well as in NorthAmerica to and from Manila so yes, this is really dumb for real.

You can't really blame the Philippine carriers for all these bans, they are doing their safety jobs, it's the goverment the one lacking an agency or office to oversee and regulates the safety commitee. They have no records of safety procedures and maintenance being enforced. The Airline companies have their own company wise safety procedures but nobody really impose and check the standardized procedures. Very seldom you would hear Philippine carriers involves in major crashes that involves a tremondous loss of lives.
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