Angkla Rep.Jesus Manalo, Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs, said the deployment of seafarers and several OFWs were imperilled which led to widespread socio-economic repercussions.
Seafarers were not able to take their scheduled flights due to NAIA runways mishap involving Xiamen Air Boeing 737 -800 plane on August 16.
“We commiserate with all the OFWs, both land-based and sea-based, whose deployments were imperilled, and homecomings disrupted. Scheduled reunions and vacations of OFW families were also thrown into confusion. It was a crisis,” he said.
He said, these government agencies have re-affirmed the commitment of the Duterte administration to protect OFWs and be responsive to their needs.
Manalo, who is also the vice chairman of the Committee on Transportation said he will make the Department of Transportation (Dot), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) answerable to the people.
“Why was there no contingency plan? Why do they have poor coordination between the government agencies and the airlines? What was Secretary Tugade doing the crisis? How did he coordinate with the various concerned agencies? Most importantly, what are we going to do in the short and medium-term to prevent a similar crisis?” he asked.
“And when are we going to commit to build a new airport sufficient to meet the projected passenger demand, 20 to 30 years from now? As a country where migrant labour and tourism substantially contribute to the economy, we must come up with a plan. Lives and livelihoods are on the line,” he stressed.
Courtesy from Manila Times