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Old September 11th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #741
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PAL may be spooked by strike during Halloween
by Jeremiah F. de Guzman and Vito Barcelo

THE union of flight attendants and stewards in Philippine Airlines filed a notice of strike on Thursday, adding to the woes of the national flag carrier, which is grappling with flight cancellations from Hong Kong and China and mounting losses.

A spokesman for the airline, Cielo Villaluna, said the strike notice was ill-timed as it would scare away tourists who were already wary of traveling to the Philippines in the wake of the Aug. 23 hostage-taking in Manila, in which eight Chinese nationals were killed.

Hong Kong issued a black travel warning as a result of the killings, which followed a botch rescue attempt by Manila police, and urged all residents to avoid travel to the Philippines.

Just this week, Philippine Airlines reduced the number of flights to Hong Kong as the cancellations mounted.

“A strike threat doesn’t help in efforts to lure back tourists to the country,” Villaluna said.

The airline’s stewards and flight attendants said they will launch a series of strikes by the end of October or early in November.

The law says the parties in a labor dispute must go through a two- to four-week cooling-off period after the filing of a strike notice, during which the Labor secretary may continue to mediate.

The union said the airline could lose up to P60 million a day once its members struck.

“[The union] is definitely going on strike,” group president Bob Anduiza said.

“We have exhausted the negotiating process and after the countless mediation hearings, PAL remains unmoved and refuses to negotiate in good faith.”

Villaluna said airline operations remained normal and all flights were operating as scheduled.

“There is no immediate work stoppage due to the union’s filing of a strike notice,” she said.

The talks between the airline and the union collapsed last month after the management refused to discuss a labor demand to reconsider a policy compelling those female workers hired after 2000 to retire at 40, and those who stared working for it after 1996 to retire at 45.

The 1,600-member union is disputing that policy, accusing the management of gender discrimination.

More than three-fourths of the union’s members work abroad, and only 350 are serving domestic routes.

“We are saddened by the union’s decision, but we recognize their right to file a notice of strike,” Villaluna said.

“Management is willing to sit down again with [the union’s] leaders to discuss and settle any pending issues in the 2007-2010 collective bargaining agreement.”

Villaluna said union claims that they were overworked and underpaid were without basis.

“PAL’s cabin attendants receive an average gross monthly salary ranging from P30,000 to P80,000. They also enjoy enviable rest periods,” she said.

She also denied accusations of age and gender discrimination, saying the union leaders had agreed to earlier retirement clauses in exchange for financial benefits.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 07:51 AM   #742
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Aquino threatens 'open skies' anew

PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III on Friday reiterated his warning that the implementation of an "open skies" policy would be hastened if Lucio C. Tan-led Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its employees fail to resolve labor issues.

This came after PAL's 1,600 cabin crew members formally told the government Thursday they would go on strike at the end of October over a deadlock on pay hikes.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) by law has 30 days to try to find a compromise between both sides to prevent a shutdown. The cabin crew are seeking a raise to level their pay with that offered by foreign carriers.

"If necessary, the open skies policy that is being fast-tracked, we will do it, to minimize disruption [for] the riding public. At the end of the day I appeal to both sides, labor and management, to go through the bargaining table [to] achieve an agreement," Mr. Aquino told reporters.

Mr. Aquino said he has tasked Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, the Department of Transportation and Communication, and DoLE to continue their participation in the mediation process.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz has promised to hold a series of meetings with PAL's management and the flight attendants and stewards' union to avoid a strike that would ground the flights of the carrier.

Mr. Aquino said there have been moves to notify other airlines for a possible take-over of the routes serviced by PAL in case of a strike.

"There are expectations that services will be interrupted. But even without these expectations ... There's been a notice by CAB (Civil Aviation board) to other airlines that potential slots will be given to replace the slots that PAL will not be servicing if [flight attendants and stewards] go on strike," Mr. Aquino said.

"At the end of the day, I guarantee you that we will not sacrifice public interest. If I'm to choose between PAL and the Filipino people, I think the choice is obvious," he said.

Talks over a new collective bargaining agreement are in a stalemate as the union claims the P80-million package offered by PAL management is not enough for 1,600 flight attendants and stewards.

PAL claims it cannot afford a bigger package because of financial difficulties.

The loss-making airline's woes mounted following the mass resignation of pilots last July, which forced PAL to cancel and merge flights. It dealt a blow to the airline which is in tough competition with the Gokongweis’ Cebu Air, Inc., operator of the profitable budget carrier Cebu Pacific which is set to go public to raise more than P30 billion in fresh capital.

The PAL Employees Association (PALEA) had also threatened to strike over the Labor department’s decision to uphold PAL’s plan to outsource three units.

In April, the Labor department assumed jurisdiction over PAL’s dispute with PALEA to prevent a strike. The department later upheld PAL’s decision to outsource catering, ground and call center services. -- Ana Mae G. Roa
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Old September 12th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #743
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DOTC maps out contingency plans for PAL strike
09/11/2010 | 11:33 AM

Share The Department of Transportation and Communications has started threshing out contingency plans for a possible strike that may cripple flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

DOTC Secretary Jose de Jesus said Saturday he has been meeting frequently with concerned government agencies to discuss the details of the plans.

“We are now drawing up contingency plans to minimize the disruption to PAL operations. Of course you have heard or read about the president making an appeal to PAL and the [flight attendants'] union to try to settle their differences so there will be no disruption in the service of PAL," he said on government-run dzRB radio.

He did not say if the contingency plans are in coordination with PAL management, which said on Friday it is drawing up its own contingency measures should the strike push through.

De Jesus, however, did not give details of the contingency plans for now.

Meanwhile, De Jesus admitted there is still no definite policy on President Benigno Aquino III’s threat to open up Philippine skies to foreign airlines if a strike cripples PAL.

“[But] our government, the cabinet and the president, regardless of whatever anybody else thinks what is best for the country, will do what is best for the majority, and not for a few interest groups," he added.

In Malacañang, meanwhile, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace will still request PAL and the Flight Attendants’ and Stewards’ Association of the Philippines to “settle these things," and resolve those concerns peacefully so the riding public will not be inconvenienced." — LBG, GMANews.TV
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Old September 14th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #744
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Airphil Express launches APX Zamboanga Hub: to fly to Jolo, Tawi, Davao
(Sep 10,2010)

Burgeoning low cost carrier Airphil Express (APX) continues its aggressive expansion into the Mindanao regions with the relaunch of its Zamboanga station into a hub for both short inter-island service as well as inter-city jet routes.

Starting September 10, Airphil Express will fly thrice weekly to Jolo and four times weekly to Tawi-tawi. The inter island service will be serviced by its premier Bombardier aircraft, the Q400, known for its jet-like speed and fuel efficiency. Airphil Express flies is fast, fuel efficient Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the inter-island route. The market has responded well to the new offering, evident in the full capacity of the aircraft on its first flights today.

“We're honored to have been appointed to serve the vibrant trade of Western Mindanao. Our first light alternating flights to Jolo and Tawi-tawi and quick turnaround time provides traders, commuters and tourists a more cost efficient and time saving means of transport.” said Ms. Maria Java, APX Vice President for Marketing and Media.

Introductory fares start at P703 one way to Jolo and Tawi-tawi. Cargo requirements can be arranged through Airphil Express agents located in downtown Zamboanga, Jolo and Tawi-tawi or at the airport ticket offices.

Zamboanga business will also see daily flights to Davao and Cebu starting September 10. With the highly anticipated delivery of its brand new Airbus A320 aircraft later in the month, Zamboanga hub operations will expand to offer direct daily jet routes to Manila as well.

“We are very focused on the Mindanao growth area. You can expect APX to offer more inter-city routes throughout the area in the coming months.” Java added.

APX will hold formal ribbon cutting ceremonies in Zamboanga on Tuesday September 14, 2010 at the airport departure terminal. Expected to be in attendance are local dignitaries and heads from APX, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and partners.
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Flying school to open in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA International Airport (ZIA) manager Celso Bayabos announced recently that an investor from Manila will be setting up a flying school in Zamboanga City.

Bayabos said the investor has already requested for a space allocation at the ZIA perimeter where the flying school and its facilities will be put up.

He said the flying school offers the YS-11 and four-eater aircrafts to interested individuals who wanted to be a pilot.

The flying school will also offer charter flights for those who want to avail its services, Bayabos said.

Bayabos office is still waiting for the approval from the central office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the hangar’s rental by the said flying school, which he did not disclose yet to name.

Once CAAP will approve its application for hangar rental, the management of the flying school will immediately start its operations.

He said the opening of the flying school will be of great opportunity for individuals who wanted to undergo flying lessons. (Bong Garcia)
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Old September 14th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #746
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PAL hits back, sues 16 pilots for abandonment
by Eric Apolonio

PHILIPPINE Airlines has sued 16 of the 25 pilots who resigned in July to work for other carriers, accusing them of breach of contract and abandonment of duty before a Makati court.

The pilots left without notice for higher-paying jobs in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Middle East, causing the airline to cancel more than 20 flights in August.

“We are still preparing the case against the other pilots before going to court,” an airline official told Manila Standard.


The respondents were captains Allan Avellanosa, John Joseph de Guzman, Bienvenido Gorospe, Christopher Abella, Alvin Panganiban, Charles Pastrana, Sunny Sim and Jacques Louis Zialcita.

First officers Gerald Escuril, Regin Lorenzo, Robert Solis, Emmanuel de Lima, Joevan Magbanua, Van Vincent Panganiban, Erwin Sibayan, and Darwin Sy were also in the suit.

The airline accuses the pilots, who used to operate its Airbus 320 fleet, of violating a provision in their contract to give the company 180 days notice before leaving for another job, as well as an agreement requiring them to work for five years to cover the cost of their training.

Earlier, the airline lost a similar case against one of its former pilots because it failed to assert its rights on time.

The lawsuits come as the airline faces a strike threat from the 1,600-strong union of flight attendants and stewards.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Monday that the union should be prepared to accept a settlement with the airline’s management as she prepared to lead marathon meetings with both parties to avert a strike.

The mediation meetings are expected to begin today, Tuesday, after the union filed a notice of strike last week over the airline’s alleged discriminatory policies.

Baldoz, who said she was determined to broker an agreement, reminded the union that she could issue an injunction against a strike.

On Friday, President Benigno Aquino III renewed his threat to speed up adopting an open-skies policy if PAL failed to resolve its labor row with its flight attendants.

He warned both parties he would put the national interest above those of the airline or its employees, and urged both sides to return immediately to the negotiating table.

“At the end of the day, I guarantee you, we will not sacrifice the public interest, and if I am to choose between PAL and the Filipino people, I think the choice is obvious,” Mr. Aquino said.

The 1,600-strong Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines filed a notice of strike with the Labor Department on Thursday, saying the airline’s management continued to refuse to discuss its objection to a mandatory retirement age of 40 for female flight attendants.

The management said the union’s leaders had agreed to the earlier retirement age in exchange for financial benefits in their last collective bargaining agreement. With Bloomberg
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Cebu Pacific to hire 300 flight attendants
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Posted at 09/14/2010 5:13 PM | Updated as of 09/14/2010 5:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is hiring 300 flight attendants to augment the airline's workforce in time for the arrival of 4 new Airbus A320 aircraft.

Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific's vice president for marketing and distribution, said the aircraft will be delivered from October 2010 until January 2011.

"We are scheduled to add more flights to Kota Kinabalu, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Seoul in time with our Airbus A320 aircraft deliveries, and we need more cabin crew to handle our additional capacity," she said.

The Gokongwei-led airline has scheduled a recruitment campaign at the Cebu Midtown Hotel on September 16, and initial screening at the CEB Training and Development Center in Manila on September 20 and 27, and Crowne Plaza Galleria on October 6.

"This continuous hiring of cabin crew from all over the Philippines also contributes to nation-building by providing job opportunities. In the past, we have hired flight attendants from our recruitment campaigns in Davao, Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod, among the many other destinations we fly to," Iyog said.

This year, Cebu Pacific has successfully trained 120 flight attendants.

The carrier currently has a fleet of 10 A319, 11 A320 jets and 8 turbo-prop ATR 72 aircraft. It expects to take delivery of a total of 24 brand new Airbus A320s until 2014.
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Baby found in plane bin
By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star)
Updated September 13, 2010 12:00 AM


NAIA doctors attend to a newborn boy found by aircraft cleaners in a bin on a Gulf Air flight yesterday. RUDY SANTOS


MANILA, Philippines - Aircraft cleaners found a healthy newborn boy with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached, inside a toilet trashcan of a Gulf Air plane that landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport yesterday.

Gulf Air flight GF 154 from Bahrain arrived around 11: 18 a.m. with more than a hundred passengers on board and was parked at bay 14 of the airport when cleaners found the baby.

Jemon Deita, an aircraft cleaner, said that after the passengers disembarked, the cleaners were allowed to enter the plane and he even took out a black garbage bag from the toilet’s trashcan.

“I was amazed why all of a sudden my black plastic bag became heavy to carry despite some used tissue paper coming from the lavatory trash can only,” Deita said.

He immediately brought down the plastic bag onto the tarmac without knowing that there was a baby inside.

Tristan Dimaano, a security guard of Philippine Airport Ground Services (PAGS) who was at the tarmac when the plastic bag was left by airport cleaners, noticed that there were bloodstains in the trash and saw a baby wrapped with tissue paper.

Dimaano immediately called the attention of Gulf Air official Noel Franco about the newborn baby that they thought was already dead. “Akala namin patay na,” he said.

The two immediately brought the baby to the NAIA ramp clinic without knowing the situation of the infant.

Doctors Caridad Nuas, Ma. Theresa Azores, Solomon Umandap and midwife Mannet Gatchalian immediately attended to the baby and after a thorough examination they declared the boy in “good condition.”

They named the boy George Francis after the code used for Gulf Air airplanes, GF.

The baby, weighing 3 kilos or more than six pounds, was turned over to Ma. Lanie Tabios of the Department of Social Workers and Development (DSWD).

The child was later brought to the Reception and Study Center for children in Quezon City yesterday afternoon.

Airport police from the intelligence and investigation division said the mother of the baby could be a returning Filipino overseas worker who wanted to hide her baby from her relatives in the country.

Pictures taken by airport photographers showed the baby swathed in a towel while doctors warmed him up under a light bulb.

Airport officials said efforts to locate his parents would be left to social welfare officials.

Officials from Gulf Air office in Manila were not immediately available.
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Panglao airport construction expected to start next year
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TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept. 20 (PNA) -– The Panglao Airport runway construction could start next year with a possible P2 billion funding to be sourced from the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) allocation of P5 billion each for public private partnership (PPP) in the proposed 2011 national budget, according to Rep. Erico B. Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol).

The PPP outlay is intended for feasibility study, detailed engineering design, road right of way or site acquisition, consultancy and other pre-construction works.

Thus, DOT Secretary Alberto Lim and DOTC Secretary Jose de Jesus explained during the Committee on Appropriations hearing of their departments’ budgets last September 14 and 15, respectively.

However, in his interpellation, Aumentado pointed out that all the pre-civil works or preconstruction activities of the Panglao Airport have been funded and completed.

Consequently, the solon suggested to realign P1 billion each from the DOT and DOTC PPP outlay to jumpstart the runway construction of the Panglao Airport.

The solon also argued that the completion of the airport runway, allied navigational and lighting facilities which are non-revenue generating must be completed by the Aquino administration, albeit on a multi-year basis – to entice the private sector to invest.

He asserted that private capital could be infused for the construction of the revenue earning terminal building, cargo building and parking area under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law.

On transferring the Panglao Airport to another site, Aumentado said the move is contrary to global tourism trend.

He said foreign tourists prefer destinations proximate to airports to maximize their enjoyable relaxation and sightseeing tours.

The best examples are Bali in Indonesia, Penang in Malaysia, Phuket in Thailand and Mactan in Cebu.

After much discussion, Lim and de Jesus acceded to the solon’s suggestion.

In a related development, de Jesus fielded a team from DOTC and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), headed by Director Willie Leonardo and Director Raffy Lavides, to evaluate and assess the Panglao Airport development project on Friday.

Lavides and Acting Chief Roy Gamosa of the Planning and Programming Division of CAAP, Senior Transportation Development Officer Walter Thomas Lipata of DOTC’s Civil Aviation Transport Planning Division and Engr. Florencio de la Cruz Jr. Of the DOTC-PMO, met in a dinner meeting with the 2nd District legislator later that evening to discuss more on the merits of Panglao Airport.

The team also proceeded to inspect and evaluate the Ubay Airport which Aumentado had pushed for development to accommodate domestic budget airlines and aviation schools training flights.

The DOTC-CAAP team’s Bohol visit was a consequence of the arrangement between de Jesus, CAAP Director-General Alfonso Cusi and the solon during the budget hearing.

Meanwhile, the elevation of the Panglao Airport as an international airport will make it an alternate to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport which Rep. Tomas Osmeña, formerly Cebu City mayor, also endorsed. Osmeña is a Committee on Appropriations vice chair.

The Panglao Bohol International Airport, as previously programmed, will become not just a Bohol flagship project but also that of Central Visayas and the Philippines as well, thus declared Aumentado to justify his proved advocacy for the Panglao Airport which took a serious development process under his watch as governor.
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Philippine Airlines boasts bumper growth in Oz

Philippine Airlines boasts bumper growth in Oz

Philippine Airlines boasts bumper growth in Oz
Friday, 17 September 2010


PR’s Arnul Pan and Brett McDougall with Philippines Department
of Tourism’s Benito Bengson and Vicente Romano, PR’s Richard
Miller and Consuelo Garcia Jones (also with DoT).


Posting a record winter of Australian sales, Philippine Airlines (PR) announced double digit passenger traffic growth between May and July of this year compared to 2009.
PR chief commercial advisor Richard Miller attributed the growth to this year’s launch of PR’s new Boeing 777-300ER, along with both an intensive marketing campaign to grow interest in the Philippines and new wholesale programmes and preferred agreements.
The national carrier, which is not beholden to fifth and sixth freedom traffic given the almost guaranteed travel of ‘balikbayan’ customers (Filipinos living overseas who return home to visit friends and relatives), has taken active steps to boost traffic from Australia.
“We’ve increased capacity by 50 per cent, which is significant considering where the market was last year,” PR Country Manager Arnu Pan said.
The carrier also introduced services between Brisbane and Manila in March and debuted its new Boeing 777-300ER on its flights between Sydney and Melbourne and Manila.
“We’ve done a lot of advertising and PR to...get the word out about how easy and comfortable it is to fly to Manila with us, while at the same time raising awareness about the appeal and value of the Philippines as a holiday destination,” PR’s Australian general sales agent, RAKSO, General Manager Brett McDougall said
“We’re agent friendly,” Mr McDougall told e-Travel Blackboard.
“We offer five per cent commission to agents and all rates on our website are gross.”
Speaking during this week’s Destination Philippines Showcase for travel agents, Mr Miller waxed lyrical about his experience of living and travelling through the Philippines over the last eighteen months.
“The Philippines is without a doubt the most stunning place to visit... there’s not a place you would not recommend,” he gushed.
“The job for us is to convince Australians to get there; we’ve just got to crack the unknown factor.”
“But we’re certainly getting there.”

According to Mr Miller product improvements have resulted in enhanced yield for PR, particularly with business travellers taking advantage of the “exceptional value for money service in the Philippines”.
“Overall, through the year we’ve seen an improvement over last year,” he said.
PAL claim a 60 per cent share of all flights from Australia to the Philippines and a 65 per cent chare of all direct flights between the destinations.
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PAL offers P105-million package to attendants, stewards group

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... Until this time, Anduiza said, the PAL management has not presented any proposal to their demand to amend the 40-year-old retirement policy, increase in pay and a stop to gender discrimination.

“FASAP cannot allow a compromise on retirement and gender issues because the Commission on Human Rights and other concerned agencies have already declared PAL’s policy on this matter as outdated,” he said.

Anduiza said FASAP also intends to seek the assistance of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on discrimination of the retirement age requirement of flight attendants.

PAL is willing to change the retirement age to 45 from 40 for both male and female crewmembers, on the condition that FASAP agrees to fixed crew complement and a rule arrangement allowing younger cabin crew to work on international routes.

PAL said junior cabin attendants are well trained and capable of serving international flights but provisions in their current CBA had put restrictions.

The current work rules restricting the flight assignments of younger flight attendants were inserted in the previous CBA by FASAP to allow senior cabin crew to enjoy more perks and per diem on international flights, Villaluna pointed out.

PAL hopes the union would agree to the proposed changes for the sake of younger crewmembers, otherwise it would appear that some FASAP members are discriminating against their own, she added.

PAL and FASAP will meet again next week, but if no agreement can be reached after Oct. 9, Anduiza added all the 1,600 flight attendants would go on work stoppage. – Rudy Santos, Mary Ann Reyes, Mayen Jaymalin
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PAL Says Spin-off, Retirement Age in Accordance with Law

By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
September 24, 2010, 8:32pm

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) maintains that its spin-off program was prompted by the flag carrier´s US$312-million loss in the past two years due to global recession, high fuel costs that make it difficult for PAL to compete and the category 2 downgrade of the Philippines by the US Federal Aviation Administration that disallows PAL from mounting additional flights to the US or to even use brand new and more fuel efficient aircraft.

PAL also cited significant Safety Concerns issued against Philippine civil aviation authorities that led to the European Union's ban of all Philippine carriers, the global pandemics like SARS and Avian Flu and cutthroat competition from budget carriers.

Taken together, all these factors have made it very difficult for PAL to compete. It must save on costs in order to survive, hence the decision to spin off.

While there is a noticeable increase in travel in recent months and a better income forecast by IATA, it doesn't mean that PAL is out of the woods. To remain competitive in the future, it must strictly adhere to a survival plan that includes the spin-off of three non-core units.

The Department of Labor has recognized and upheld the justifications cited by PAL as valid grounds for the spin off.

Hence, "We are hopeful that DoLE will affirm its earlier decision recognizing management's prerogative to spin off non-core units," the airline said in a statement. "After all, PAL has fully complied with all the requirements of the Labor Code pertaining to the decision to close our three non-core units."

As regards FASAP, PAL maintains that the best venue to discuss all labor-related issues including the retirement age fall within the ambit and jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Since the retirement age can be set by agreement, it is PAL's position that the retirement age of its cabin crew as contained in its CBA with FASAP is valid and legal. It maybe subject to negotiation but it is certainly not illegal nor immoral as FASAP suggests.

Nobody is forcing FASAP members to retire at 40. It is simply contained in the contract that FASAP signed in 1996 and 2000. Since FASAP feels it is unfair, the current conciliation meetings in DoLE is the proper venue to resolve it. Bringing the issue to the Commission on Human Rights, the streets or any other venue, to our mind, is simple forum shopping.

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Caap ready for Icao’s technical audit

Written by Recto Mercene / Reporter
Saturday, 25 September 2010 09:55

THE Civil Aviation Authority (Caap) has agreed to be audited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) by the end of November.

“We are ready for Icao’s technical audit” said Alfonso Cusi, Caap director general.

In its latest Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (Usoap) report, Icao said the Caap’s Corrective Action Plan has achieved 98 percent compliance in addressing Icao’s earlier audit findings.


“I would like to confirm that on the basis of evaluation carried out by the Icao Continuous Oversight Section, its Consolidated Validated Mission has been scheduled in order to verify the status of compliance with the respective protocols identified in the findings” a document sent by Icao to Caap said.

The scope of the mission will be limited to the areas of legislation, organization, personnel licensing, aircraft operations, airworthiness and other significant safety concerns (SSC).

“We have been working hard to achieve compliance of all of these, we are confident that we will have a possible lifting of the SSC within the year” Cusi said.

Three weeks ago, the head of the Icao, Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, expressed optimism that the Philippines, through the efforts of the Caap, would be able to get back to Category 1 status by the end of the year.

He praised Cusi and his team for their efforts in trying to conform with the SSC and meeting other protocols so that aviation remains safe in the Philippines.

Gonzalez said the Caap had complied with majority of SSC’s aired by the European Union (EU) and that the aviation body is now poised to comply with the rest of the procedures.

Cusi said the Caap submitted a corrective action plan in August and the EU found the plan to be “generally fully satisfactory.”

He explained that Icao, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union’s SSCs have been fully satisfied, which prompted Cusi to welcome the Icao technical audit in November.


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NEW YORK – Prosperous city-state Singapore recognizes the many opportunities for trade and investment in the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said on Friday after a meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

“During the meeting, President Aquino emphasized the strengths of the Philippine economy and the many opportunities for trade and investment. These were recognized and welcomed by Prime Minister Lee,” said Romulo, who was with Mr. Aquino.

“It is in this particular context that President Aquino expressed his satisfaction over the success of the recent air services negotiations between the Philippines and Singapore which would result in increased tourism flows and investments between the two countries,” he added.

Under the expanded bilateral air services pact, Singapore and Philippine carriers will be allowed to fly up to 14 times weekly to and from each other’s capitals.

These would translate to up to 32 flights a week by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to Singapore.

Also present during the meeting were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo.

Mr. Aquino thanked Lee for an invitation to visit Singapore.

There are now more than 160,000 Filipinos living and working in Singapore and Mr. Aquino and Lee recognized their contributions and the importance of their rights getting upheld and their safety getting ensured.

President Aquino also thanked Lee for Singapore’s grant of scholarships to Filipinos to pursue their education in the city state.

“We look forward to better and deeper exchanges of human talent and energy,” Mr. Aquino said.

The two Southeast Asian leaders also discussed progress within the Asean, the expansion of the East Asia Summit, the Asean Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and Asean Connectivity.

They also exchanged views on regional issues such as the upcoming elections in Myanmar and climate change.
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Cebu Pacific to fly to Hainan, via Macau

Cebu Pacific to fly to Hainan, via Macau
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After opening direct flights between Manila and Beijing early this month, Cebu Pacific is now planning to fly to Hainan Island via Macau. The Filipino low-cost carrier signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haikou Airport last week to open a route from Clark Airport in Manila to Haikou via the MSAR, Flight Daily News reported.
“This is the first stage,” Cebu Pacific’s director revenue and pricing, Alexander Lao, said. “The Hainan government is helping us lobby Beijing to enable us to fly via Macau.”
“We have the aircraft ready to go but it is dependent on us being able to stop in Macau. Hainan is optimistic this will happen,” Lao added.
Hainan has seen rapid expansion of tourism, with millions of visitors coming from Russia, Japan, Korea and the rest of China. Over the past five years, international flights to Hainan Island have increased from five to 61.
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MATALOM, LEYTE -- A Japanese investor plans to build a new airstrip on Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte, the chief local official said in a recent interview.

Limasawa Mayor Melchor P. Petracorta said the airstrip and related facility, to be located in a 16-hectare site in Barangay San Agustin, will serve light planes, mostly from Cebu. "Japanese experts have been visiting our place to conduct surveys," he said.

Presently, the only way to get to Limasawa is a one-hour boat ride from Padre Burgos wharf.

Limasawa tourism office chief Remigilda M. Salomon said at least 300 foreign divers visited Limasawa in the first half.

Ms. Salomon said an airstrip was built on the island a few decades ago for foreign missionaries. The provincial government sought to rehabilitate the airstrip, but did not have enough funds.
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PAL asks labor department’s help to avert strike

PAL asks labor department’s help to avert strike

PAL asks labor department’s help to avert strike

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MANILA, Philippines—Amid threat of a strike by its cabin crew, the Philippine Airlines has asked the Department of Labor and Employment to step in and stop the looming work stoppage.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the flag carrier has been negotiating in good faith and was even about to accommodate some of the demands of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines.

"PAL management was surprised by FASAP's sudden turnaround by announcing their decision to strike," she said.

"It was upon DOLE's recommendation that PAL and FASAP agreed to a recess and to meet again next week," Villaluna said.

She said FASAP was playing "hardball," immediately dismissing PAL's offers.

"A negotiation is like a two-way street; it's give and take. It's very difficult to deal and negotiate with a party who only wants things to go their way," Villaluna said.

The 1,600-strong FASAP earlier Wednesday said it would no longer engage in talks with PAL management, accusing it of repeatedly rejecting its demands.

"We don't see the point in attending the meetings anymore," union president Bob Anduiza told Agence France-Presse. "The management has maintained its hardline position and the mediation proceedings have failed."

The union this month warned government of its plan for a strike if its demands for higher wages and an end to the mandatory retirement age of 45 for cabin crew, which the union said was discriminatory.

Villaluna said that PAL's agreement to increase the retirement age from 40 to 45 years old was not illegal or immoral.

"PAL maintains that while the early retirement age is negotiable, it is by no means illegal nor immoral," Villaluna said.

She also said that there will be no layoffs under the proposed mixed crew scheme.

"Contrary to FASAP's claims, there will be no layoffs as a result of the mixed crew scheme. There will be no reduction in flight assignments and pay of international cabin attendants. Why is FASAP so adverse to the idea of their younger members earning a little more?" Villaluna asked.

At the same time, Villaluna urged FASAP to accept the P105-million offer of PAL. She said that the amount was not unreasonable based on the airline's losses over the last two years.

Nevertheless, Villaluna said PAL will ready emergency measures ahead of the planned strike.

"PAL would like to assure our passengers that a strike will not happen overnight. Management is asking DOLE to immediately step in to avert the strike and to protect the interests of the riding public," she added. With Agence France-Presse
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