MIAA GM Monreal acts swiftly

August 04, 2020

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Every Sunday, I am among those who hear mass online. It’s so disappointing how, in the middle of the mass, advertisements would suddenly pop in and interrupt the mass. It may be just five seconds or so but the very unwelcome interruption would surely make one frown.

I’ve experienced this not just a couple of times when hearing mass said in Quiapo Church, usually with Fr. Douglas Badong as the celebrator.

I cannot fathom how masses cannot be spared from advertising. Instead of patronizing the product being advertised, one would think of boycotting it for lack of propriety.

Online masses should be treated much differently from television shows or movies or other entertainment shows where advertisements are most welcome.

There is a place and time for everything. Unduly interrupting an online mass at a time when the Catholic faithful are trying to pray solemnly specially during these critical times is just rude and misplaced. I  ---and I’m sure many others too—hope it stops. Please. Eow.

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As soon as President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the National Capital Region will revert to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 4 to 18, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal immediately convened a meeting with his key officers and representatives from various airline companies for the necessary preparations and adjustments.

Monreal said that based on existing IATF Omnibus Guidelines on community quarantine, the MIAA will be adopting  a 50 percent workforce deployment in back office work.

However, he said that employees performing frontline duties are not included in this directive. These are the personnel who are assigned in flight operations, terminal monitoring, facilities management and maintenance, security, safety and emergency services.

Monreal also said personnel of janitorial companies that have contracts with MIAA should be on full complement despite the MECQ.  Security guards contracted by MIAA shall likewise remain on full deployment.

To ensure continuous work, Monreal has ordered the provision of  shuttle buses for use of airport workers and plying routes covering Manila, Quezon City and Cavite. They are also provided free meals and hazard pay equivalent to P500 per day as maybe directed by the competent authority.

During a meeting with the airlines, Monreal called on local air carriers to properly inform their passengers about rebooking instructions in view of the temporary suspension of domestic flights in and out of Manila under the MECQ.

Meanwhile, all measures aimed at helping the employes cope with COVID-19 continue. Monreal has ordered the conduct of free rapid testing for its employees while several rounds of testing will be done thrice a week within the next weeks for other employees.

A COVID-19 hotline was opened to ensure the proper implementation of procedures in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment in the workplace amidst the pandemic, while a COVID-19 Task Force was created to secure the response of health-related services on suspected cases of COVID-19.

Hotline 3187, a 24/7 dedicated extension line, was established to ensure swift response to and address queries of MIAA personnel and that of its service providers  while the task force established occupational safety and health standards to prevent, control and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Being a vital part of the aviation industry, Monreal knows that airports must keep operations going while making sure that the employees, who are essential to the said operations, are protected from COVID-19 and provided a safe workplace. Good job, GM!

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