In support of government efforts to contain and prevent the possible spread of the Novel Coronavirus (NCOV) in the country, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is requesting the public who have passengers to meet or send-off at the Manila airport terminals, to refrain from coming in groups, thus heeding the advice of health experts to avoid crowded places.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal appeals to families and friends of airline passengers not to bring highly-vulnerable people to the airport in order to protect them from possible exposure.
Particularly, these are children, the elderly, immuno-compromised individuals and those with underlying medical conditions.
Monreal clarifies that his call is being made not to alarm the public. The move, he said, is MIAA’s simple way of supporting inter-agency efforts to prevent and contain the spread of the said virus.
Let us say our goodbyes at home and not go to the airport in groups when meeting a passenger. It is very hard to fight tradition, but in times like this, everyone should look out for their own safety, the airport chief further appealed.
So as to ensure the safety of the public, Monreal said he will also be exercising his prerogative in granting access to the four NAIA terminals, by limiting the issuance of visitors passes for the purpose of sending-off or meeting passengers.
He said exception will be given only to cases when a companion may be necessary such as medical patients or other related emergency cases, persons with disability, unaccompanied elderly, unaccompanied minor and unaccompanied pregnant woman.
Exception is also given to government repatriation efforts and activities in fulfillment of government international commitments.
The issuance of passes to VIP rooms will likewise be limited to airport reception of official guests of the government and of foreign embassies.
To further prevention efforts already put in place, GM Monreal is also suspending familiarization tours, movie or ad filming and other non-airport related activities.
He also advised his administrative chief to confine the deployment of student on-the-job trainees to MIAA offices that are outside the four NAIA Terminals.
In a related development, Monreal said that in response to inquiries they have been receiving regarding the arrival of Filipino citizens who will be repatriated from Hubei, China, the MIAA is confirming that the airplane that will fly them home will land in Clark International Airport.
However, the passengers will not use the Main Terminal Building and will be processed in a separate area.
Monreal said Clark International Airport is ready to assist the government in the facilitation of their arrival and at the same time, assures the public that normal airport operations in the main passenger terminal will not be affected by the said activity.
In connection with this, the management of Clark International Airport was informed by the authorities that media coverage will not be facilitated in the said airport.
‘We enjoin the public to heed the guidelines set by the Department of Health for the safety and comfort of our kababayans,’ Monreal added.
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